Google Reader is a blessing, it works on all major browsers and is really useful for users who have multiple computers. If you mark a post as read, your post is marked read on any other computer you log in from. And that’s the main reason why I use Google Reader.
But Google Reader is always a struggle between productivity at work and, well, you know, just slacking. When I am at it, I just read and read and can spend hours on just a bloody RSS reader which is really sad in a way. It’s almost as if God created me to read RSS feeds and mark them as my favorites so it would appear pretty on FriendFeed or something.
Here’s how I combat my productivity problem:
I previous sort my feeds in tags like technology, blogs, social, funny and blah blah… First thing I did is to remove all the RSS feeds that I typically just skim through. So bye bye Boing Boing and Engadget. I figured one day that any really amazing gadget would end up at Reddit.com (which by the way is my whole new playground to waste time at) or Digg.com (my ex).
Today I sort my Google Reader categories in what I think I most like to read at the top, i.e. essentials. Light reads are things that aren’t heavy and are still quite informative. Nosy reads are my friend’s blogs. I syndicate far too many of them and after a while, I noticed my friends are blogging more and more of their private stuff and it almost seem like I am spying on my neighbor applying her face mask.
Thinkers are feeds that makes you think. They’re heavy reads and I put them at the bottom to save myself from potentially balding before thirty. Xtras are a bunch of feeds that I really shouldn’t start reading.
Tagging feeds by frequency of reading sort of helped me read RSS feeds better. Maybe you could try it too.