I used to keep close to 50-60 tabs open across five or so browser windows. Eventually, my computer would start to slow down, I’d dump all the open tabs into one huge bookmark folder, and start over again. The chances of returning to any of those pages was slim.
Needless to say, this system was ineffective, pointless, and ultimately counter-productive.
So a couple months ago, I started to apply a principle I learned as a child to my digital life: when you’re finished playing with a toy, put it away. Translated into more applicable terms, close the tab when you’re finished with it.
Limiting myself to one browser window and a few tabs encourages me to stay focused on the task at hand, rather than getting distracted by dozens of other shiny tabs. It’s also challenged me to be more intentional about the content I open in the first place. That headline might look interesting, but am I actually going to read the article? If the answer is no, I don’t even open it.
There’s nothing incredibly earth-shattering here, no rocket science to be had. Still, the discipline of limiting the number of windows and tabs I keep open at any time just might be life-changing.