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Feeling overwhelmed by technical articles? Let's find a solution

Sometimes I feel that I'm reading a lot of technical articles and watching videos, but nothing really sticks to my mind after a few days (or hours!) 😅

Has it ever happened to you?

I feel less guilty than watching pointless videos on socials, sure, but if I can't even remember what articles I read yesterday, then what's the point? Is there even a difference?

In the back of my mind, I probably hope that when I get into a situation I already read an article about, that knowledge magically pops out. In that case, it doesn't matter that today I don't remember what I read yesterday, as long as that information is available at the right time I need it.
Does it make any sense? I can say that sometimes it works, but probably most of the time it doesn't.

This morning I woke up with the idea of forcing myself to slow down and add an extra step: take note of each article I read or technical video I watch.

I set up a notion database where I want to write a short summary of each content I consume, along with some tags to categorize it.
The idea here is to force myself to think about what I'm reading and be much more intentional about it.

Notion page

This means that the amount of content I consume will decrease, with the goal of increasing the quantity (and quality) of information that sticks to my mind on that specific content.

Let's be honest, knowing how lazy I am this will likely last no more than a few days, but let's give it a try!

If you've been in a similar situation, how did you handle it? Did you find any strategy that worked for you or did you just surrender to this kind of doomscrolling in disguise?

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Top comments (4)

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Paweł Ciosek • Edited

Great post! 👏 I have a similar problem, amount of content is overwhelming 🫣

What interesting, I have a similar way of fighting with it. Creating a note! 🗒️👏

Although I have some other process, first I am reading the content, then I decide it is valuable for me. If yes, i add to my list „create a note” so I can do it later.

Keep it up Leo! 👏

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Leonardo Montini

Thanks Pawel!

ccoveille profile image
Christophe Colombier

I'm using tasks for that, so I can set reminder.

What ever the tool you use, it's OK.

  • Google Keep
  • Google Tasks
  • Slack reminder
  • Pocket
  • GitHub private repository issues

Here I'm talking about widely spread tools, but you can also use any open source projects, either on phone or desktop.

The best tool is the tool you know and that fit your needs.

ademagic profile image

I read a great article I think you'd enjoy,

talks about a level of information overload that I found really resonated with me; and the difference between "just in case" vs "just in time" learning. I face the same issues you speak about, and I think your approach to "mindful" reading and being more selective with what you read is on the right track, and in a similar vein as this article.

thanks for the post!