5 Minutes a Day: Industry News and Cleaning Out Your Inbox

Keeping up on what is going on can seem really tricky.  Between  blogs, newsletters and tweets, which should you turn to?

Two of my favorites are:

  • PW Children’s Bookshelf which comes out twice a week.  I always read through rights reports and look for book reviews.
  • Shelf Awareness which has two newsletters – one for readers in general and one for those in the publishing industry.

At the retreat, Karen Boss of Charlesbridge recommended a variety of awards lists including the many ALA lists, the Amelia Bloomer book list that focuses on women and science, and the Bank Street College Education Best Books of the Year. Five minutes a day would let you skim a newsletter, read an article you had saved or request a book you’re interested in from the library.

But part of having time to read what you want, is getting rid of what you don’t.  I don’t know about you, but it is just to easy to sign up for this that and other thing all delivered to your inbox.  The next thing that you know you have 250+ e-mails coming into your email every day.  I decided to do something about it.

For the last week, I’ve spent five minutes or less each day unsubscribing.

  • First to go where the places I used to like to shop but haven’t bought from in years.  Or the places that I like but seldom need kitchen ware, furniture or whatever.  I can go to their sites when I need something.
  • Then I got rid of the things that between Facebook, Twitter, blogs and e-mail are duplicates.
  • Next to go were the writing sites I now ignore.  Some used to be good but have declined.  Others lured me in with a “get this for free if you sign up” but I haven’t read them in months.

The number of e-mails I receive a day has dropped by 100 and I’m still deleting.  The more I can get rid of, the more time I have to read what matters.