We've all been there- you're browsing Twitter, and your timeline is filled with amazing links to stories, video, gifs, photos. You scroll through your stream, open a link, and get lost for a bit. Then you remember that you were browsing your timeline, go back to it, and repeat the process.
There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but that method of browsing lends itself to some serious time-wasting. Adding a buffer between you and those links can give you some of that time back.
Here's the idea: instead of opening links directly from Twitter, you send interesting stuff to other services to come back to later. It's easy enough to set up. I use Pinboard, which can automatically pull in your favorites from Twitter, but most other bookmarking services can do the same thing with an IFTTT recipe. Just do a quick search of your bookmarking service of choice + Twitter to find your solution.
Once you're set up, and all your favorites on Twitter are sent to your bookmarking service, you can browse your timeline without opening every interesting link. Instead, favorite it to bookmark it and move on. The next morning, open your bookmarking service to see what you found interesting the previous day.
If you're anything like me, you'll skip quite a few of those links. I often find that things that I found interesting the moment I found them lose their lustre somewhat after 24 hours- especially those things that were simply part of a conversation the internet was having with itself the day before.
Essentially, you're adding a buffer between you and mindless browsing. You gain a little perspective on what's worthy of your time, get a little time back, and employ a more mindful approach to what you choose to pay attention to. Of course, you'll still click on the occasional link directly from Twitter, but you won't feel the incessant pull of FOMO nearly so often.
Got any more tips for more mindful browsing? Lemme know in the comments or on Twitter.
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