An algorithm/flowchart for prioritizing which content to read

by JanBrauner 11th Nov 20175 comments



The following is an algorithm/flow-chart I use for literature research/reading EA content/…

It is not based on any evidence, but it helps me prioritize a lot.


You feel overwhelmed, because there is just too much content that makes you think “I should read this, it might be really important at some time.”?

You just wanted to quickly research this one question, but then you clicked on a few links and now it’s two hours and four articles later and you still have 11 open tabs?

You haven’t checked the EA forum for two weeks, and now there is so much new content but you only have one hour to read?


I regularly had these kinds of problems, but it got much better since I started following a structured reading algorithm. You can find the flowchart here.

If you want to try using the flowchart, I recommend printing out a copy and putting it next to your screen, until you made the process into a habit. If you want to totally nerd out, you can track your reading habits by noting down how often you end up in which path.