Tsundoku (n) : Japanse word for the constant act of buying books, but never reading them. Specifically, it is letting books pile up in one’s room so much that the owner never gets a chance to read all of them.
In addition to this classic definition of tsundoku, there are many forms of digital tsundoku on the web, and I’m victim to quite a few of them. Here are a few ways I collect too much digital stuff:
- My Pocket list is full of articles from throughout the web. I’ve probably saved 30+ just this year.
- I use Twitter likes as a sort of bookmarking feature, but rarely return to them.
- There’s quite a few video games that I either haven’t finished or haven’t started yet.
- I have a relatively small list of bookmarked Medium articles that I have to read.
- I have a decently sized list of YouTube videos that I have to watch.
So in an effort to stop doing this, I’m introducting the following rules:
- For the next 30 days I can only read/watch stuff I’ve already bookmarked, and not add new items to list. This includes Pocket, Twitter, Medium and YouTube.
- I can only buy a new video game once I’m done playing the current one.
I’m hoping that I can implement Rule 1 a few times a year and in that way stop piling up digital information I don’t need. Let’s see how it goes.