I thought we could start a thread (maybe even a new thread -- I didn't find older threads like this) where we could share tips and experiences on how to be a smarter web surfer.
You know the deal. We go to one web site and we end up clicking on 20 interesting links and in no time we are totally way off the original search idea. At least, this used to happen a lot in my case.
What I do now is if I anticipate I am only going to have a limited time I can be on the internet on a certain day/night, I write in a program (that resides in my computer's menubar and is easily accessible) what my 2-3 most wanted actions during this particular session are and then I periodically check to see I am still doing what I am supposed to be doing.
I also have a bookmark folder in my browser (I use Safari for Mac) that I labeled Queue where I place links that I think I am gonna need to look at (here's another idea -- immediately decide if the links are ever going to be interesting to you -- this is like sorting your mail). At the end of my computer session I go through my Queue links and place some of them to the top -- those are the ones that I think are gonna be highest priority next for my next session at the computer). Not everything here is exactly GTD but then I don't think it really has to be -- whatever works.
I want this thread to be about experiences and tips. If something is not GTD, you are welcome to comment on that -- that in itself could be helpful to many.
I am still tweaking my methods of integrating my menubar and bookmark lists into my GTD Palm (I call it that because that's where I do all my GTD processing). If a link or a web site is THAT important then I usually do go ahead and write it down in my Palm in projects and then eventually next actions.
Another topic of discussion -- what does everyone do with web sites where you have just replied to a topic or want to follow up on in the next few days? I go ahead and place the immediate link with my reply into my Queue folder so that next time I am at the computer I will look at those first.
Thanks for everyone's attention