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Batching

Batching (or batch processing) is the act of grouping similar tasks together that require similar resources. Doing so streamlines the process and helps you get more done, faster.

Batch the tasks that require similar resources.

  • Do all your content discovery at the same time, while your brain is in the hunting mentality.
  • Do all your reading at the same time, while your brain is feeling reflective and choosy.

And in order to read in a batch, you need to have a tool that lets you save the articles you find in order to read them later.

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How To find Your Curation heroes

We’ve taken a lot of inspiration from a number of folks in the startup space and content industry. It’s a good practice to curate from curators and also to learn from them.

It can be as simple as noticing who in your social media feeds you tend to read most often, or which of your friends you most admire when they share new stuff. In one way, it’s a bit like venture capital; investor Ben Lerer has an interesting investment strategy : jealousy. He says: (check image)

Similarly, to find your curation heroes, you might check yourself for any moment you say, “Boy, I wish I had shared that.”

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If you find your attention faltering, stop reading. You are likely the most invested person in the world in this article. If it can’t hold your attention, it won’t hold the attention of a far less invested reader!

In general terms, these are some factors that make for a really great, curate-worthy article:

  • It’s unique
  • It’s interesting
  • It’s useful

The faster you can find U, I, or U, the better off you’ll be with your speed of curation.

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While skimming, it’s possible that a picture might catch your eye, rather than the text itself.

If you’re in the business of curating unique, interesting, and useful stuff, it matters little whether it’s sensational text or sensational images.

Some read-it-later apps strip out the images from within the body of articles

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Be ruthlessly, stop reading as soon as you know if it’s a yes or a no, you must stop and go onto the next one.

Here are some reasons why it can be a yes:

A really great article! ????

An amazing image or graphic ???

A fantastic quote ??

An interesting statistic ?

Here are some reasons why it can be a no: Everything else.

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  • 5 should be content from other sources that are relevant to your audience, otherwise known as curation.
  • 3 should be content you've created, that's relevant to your audience, or creation.
  • 2 should be personal, fun content that humanizes your brand to your audience, to be referred to as humanization.

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Engage professional conversations

The role of the editorial team(which comprises business journalists) at LinkedIn is to provide members with the news and views to talk about the things that matter today.

The editors focus on the three Cs. Create. Curate. Cultivate.

  • Create Original Content
  • Curate the best conversations happening in the professional community.
  • Cultivating people to use the platform, to have smart conversations, and to share with their community on LinkedIn.

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Curating after tidying

Desks, closets, kitchen cupboards. They all seem to fill up naturally with stuff we sort off want, but also don't want to get rid of. In an attempt to declutter tidy a space, Marie Kondo asks this question: Does it spark joy? If not, she advises getting rid of it.

But while Kondo gives good advice, we should go further. Past the tidying awaits another process: curating.

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