(And hopefully this blog didn’t immediately come to mind!)
Every Monday I receive an e-mail from LinkedIn titled, “The 5 things you need to know in the news this week.” And as I do every Monday, I spent a minute or two skimming the headlines and then reading the articles of interest.
One of the titles that I found particularly interesting this morning was, “Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012.” I’ve linked the article here just in case you missed it.
Although each recommendation was thoughtful, doable and completely applicable to my work, recommendation number three resonated most with me: stop reading annoying things. Following is author Dorie Clark’s rationale:
I have nearly a dozen newspaper and magazine subscriptions, the result of alluring specials ($10 for an entire year!) and the compulsion not to miss out on crucial information. But after detoxing for a month, I was able to reflect on which publications actually refreshed me — and which felt like a duty. The New Yorker, even though it’s not a business publication, broadens my perspective and is a genuine pleasure to read. The pretentious tech publication with crazy layouts and too-small print? Not so much. I’m weeding out and paring down to literary essentials.
I feel exactly the same way. There is an endless amount of information out there—and it only grows each day!—that we could potentially know or become privy to over the course of our lifetimes (only a fragment of which we’ll ever be able to read, digest and apply to our work as professionals given even the best of intentions). And for some time now I’ve felt this very real proclivity to get through every industry magazine, sign up for every potentially interesting email list and browse every remotely germane social media website that could impact my work as an association professional—all in the name of best practice and professional development. I’m sure you can relate.
Enough is enough. I, too, will be doing a bit of spring cleaning (I know, I know, it’s just a bit of wishful thinking) this holiday season and weeding out some unnecessary (annoying, burdensome) reading. Imagine what reclaiming all of that extra time will do for other areas of your work that could desperately use your attention.
So, my question to you is this: Given this easily implementable and potentially life-changing recommendation to streamline your reading list, what annoying things could you stop reading in 2012? Or, more importantly, what are the must-read articles, blogs, magazines, newspapers, websites, etc. that you absolutely could not give up? (My hope here is that you’ll not only share your favorite publications for others to consider adding to their must-read list in 2012, but that you’ll feel liberated to trim back your reading list—even if only by a subscription or two—in the New Year.)
I don’t know about you, but this seems like one New Year’s resolution that could have a huge impact on my workday (not to mention my sanity).