The human brain can only handle so much information in a short period of time.
As I approach 40 I am learning this limit very well. So whenever I see an article, blog posting, email, etc. that says ’98 tips to a more productive life’ I instantly delete it. I can tell before even pulling up the list that this is a list of items that is impracticle for me to absorb in a single sitting. Or in a single week. Or in a single month.
If you ever sit down and listen to a great music jam session (primarily R&B) you will find out that the silence in the music is just as important (if not more) as the actual notes that are being played. You cannot always have noise. Just a good guitar riff or kick drum every now and then in the hook can make for a great tune.
So if I subscribe to several productivity RSS feeds, and at least once a week I see a post about ‘ The top 38423 ways to promote your blog’ or ’98432 ways you can have everything you want right now’ I will be forever trying to keep up with all of the items. The end result is that I will be LESS productive than I was when I started. No thank you sir!
My advice to you: Don’t read these posts, or if you do just glaze over the first 10 to see if you see anything new. Otherwise delete it because it will just fry your brain trying to implement. Odds are anyways you’ve already read them in the past month.