Here’s What Happened When I Went Through My Open Browser Tabs
During your week, how often do you come across content that interests you? I’m guessing quite often. I come across articles and videos all the time that capture my interest, and many times I find that I cache them into a new tab, only to never revisit them and eventually close the entire browser window when I have twenty or so tabs that I can’t manage.
I finally got annoyed at myself for doing this so one Sunday I went through my tabs one by one.
This is what I learned from the exercise:
I have way too many duplicate tabs open
The same Google Sheets, Gmail, and other work applications sometimes get duplicated and clog up valuable real estate on my browser. I also had duplicate tabs of homepages of other sites that I frequent. Closing them was very fast and I got rid of maybe a quarter of my extra tabs in a few minutes.
We oftentimes toss out amazing content that falls into our laps
I find that throughout the week I stumble upon a handful of long reads that I throw on the back burner. I’ve probably come across hundreds throughout my life that I really wanted to read but ended up closing with the rest of the tabs on my browser. Last week, as I was going through my tabs, I stumbled upon one that I had meant to read — Bill Waterson’s speech at Kenyon College Commencement. It was one of the most impactful pieces that I’ve read and I’m glad I decided to sort through my tabs one by one because of that.
This is a habit that translates into other parts of your life
I’m pretty sure Marie Kondo doesn’t go into the life changing magic of tidying up your internet browser, but I’m here to tell you instead. Spend the time, and you will go through tabs that contains pieces that spark joy for your soul. This is an exercise that will train your habits of cleaning and sorting through other things that you’ve constantly procrastinated on.
If you’re one of those people that has a ton of tabs open on your browser right now, spend some time going through your tabs one by one. You’d surprise yourself with the stuff that you’ve procrastinated on browsing.