Organising your favourites using tips for e-mail

43 Folders pointed me in the direction of this article by Glenn Wolsey with six e-mail tips and while I was reading it it occurred to me that these tips would work equally as well with web favourites. Like many students, I don’t get 100′s of e-mails but I do do a lot of internet surfing (both study-related and extra-curricular). So here’s Glenn’s tips modified for use for keeping favourites or RSS feeds organised:

6. Don’t check websites constantly – do it every two or three hours instead. This way you can spend 10-20 minutes in blocks reading new information.

5. When saving favourites put them in folders – if there’s something you want to read later or need to try then have a folder just for that.

4. For things which you just want to keep and don’t have an action associated with them then file them – “study”, “work”, “information” etc.

3. Always file stuff! Don’t just end up with one big list.

2. Don’t keep stuff past it’s “use-by-date”. If you save an article to finish reading it later then delete it once you’ve read it if it no longer interests you.

1. I’m not sure how you’d filter internet favourites… any suggestions?

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2 Comments on “Organising your favourites using tips for e-mail”


  1. Hey, I found your site by following a link from 43 Folders. Anyway, while I don’t think having email folders is necessary (due to the search function that most email apps have), I do like your iodea of organizing favorite websites into folders. This is something that I’ve been trying to do recently, and it has helped immensely.


  2. Thanks for your comment. I’ve been switching browsers recently (trying to find the elusive “perfect” one) and I find that the del.icio.us tag system can also be very useful for sorting favourites. It’s not so good for favourites which are saved just so they can be read later, though. I don’t know if you’ve got a del.icio.us registration but it’s free and well worth it.

    Glad you enjoyed the post. Please stick around and read some more.


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