I like reading books. I usually read "heavy" books that take long to read. To add to that I am a slow reader. So if I start reading a book today, I will take months before I can finish it. I bought a copy of Anna Karenina on May 22, 2010 (i.e. more than 6 months ago), and I still haven't finished reading it.
Some time back I realized that I don't get any time to read. I didn't like that fact. I started watching my daily activities and figured what all were taking my time. The first thing was email. Every random vendor was sending me promotions. I spent about two weeks actively unsubscribing or creating filters to stop spam from interrupting me.
Next was staying away from Facebook. There are two reasons why I don't use Facebook much. First is that it doesn't have a useful search functionality. If I post something on Facebook today, I cannot find that post 3 months later by searching. The second reason is that there's too much of mindless stuff going on in Facebook.
Third one was cleaning up my Google Reader feeds. I had subscribed to Jeyamohan's blog though I hardly read the posts he writes. I can always go read directly from his site if I have time. Likewise I unsubscribed from some Android forums that weren't of good use of my time.
The final thing was to unfollow some people on Twitter. @adsahay is a friend, but he doesn't post any personal updates on Twitter. @lavsmohan posts several tweets a day and most of them are boring. (Her blog is pretty good, by the way; her blog is still on my Reader.) Then a few other people from Tamil film industry. They were mostly giving film news updates; that's not something I'd want to read everyday. Unfollowing them all has made my Twitter timeline a lot slimmer.
All these have given me a good amount of spare time which I can use to write and read something I can feel good about.