It’s Friday again, and here in PA it looks like it will be a beautiful weekend. I’m looking forward to some running, swimming, and hopefully biking, and maybe going out to eat too.
I’m writing on a few topics right now. As always, I love to hear people’s ideas, suggestions of experts, or personal stories. You can post in the comments, or feel free to email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
First, daily reading rituals. What do you read daily, and why? And a secondary question: how do you think a curious person with limited time — which is to say, most of us — should go about constructing his/her daily reading fodder?
I read the Wall Street Journal on paper (daily) and look at the New York Times online. They’re both mainstream papers, though they tend to approach things differently on the ideology front, which I find interesting. I usually read USA Today online too. By “read” for all these papers, though, I probably don’t spend more than half an hour, total. I read a few major stories and headlines and things that catch my interest.
I read The Skimm — a news digest — that comes to my inbox daily. I try to glance through the Publisher’s Lunch Deluxe that comes in. I have several blogs I like to read though many of the ones I enjoy don’t publish daily, so I’m not in a particular rhythm with those. I likely go through a magazine a day, too, but it varies which one, given that they come weekly or monthly. How about you? Do you think about getting a balance of local, national, international news? Industry-related and not? Fun and serious? And when do you do the reading? Lots of people do their daily reading ritual first thing in the AM, though I think there’s an argument for using the PM slump — less opportunity cost.
Second: Idea files. Do you keep one? Is it effective? I have never been particularly successful with this, and would love tips for keeping idea fodder in one place. And using that fodder to, you know, generate ideas.
Third: Non-sketchy ways to keep in touch. It’s standard networking advice, that you should reach out to your contacts with some regularity. That way, if you do have something important to ask, it’s not weird. But what are ways to keep in touch regularly that don’t seem weird in and of themselves? I know some people send birthday emails. Others aim to send an article of interest every few months or so. My newsletter isn’t personal to people, so wouldn’t count in this category, though it probably reminds some chunk of people that I exist. I’d love to hear your strategies, or effective ones you’ve seen.
Have a great weekend!