When life is really busy, keeping up on current events becomes even more difficult. This can be especially heart wrenching for the young conservative politico who would be perfectly content to watch C-SPAN all day. In a 24 hour news cycle, staying informed with a busy schedule is harder than ever.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep up-to-date when life won’t slow down. Here are five ways to stay informed:
You’re already (most likely) getting notifications from the 10,000 social media apps you use. Why not add a couple key headlines into the mix? Downloading a small mix of news sources with different points of view and turning on notifications will allow for the headlines to be delivered right to your screen.
One of the best things I ever did was follow a ton of news accounts on Twitter. Now, when I scroll through my feed, I’m not just getting the the rants from young politicos I follow or my friend’s latest dog photos-I’m also getting the latest updates from the news cycle. Like I pointed out already, make sure you follow a variety of sources; you don’t want to only be informed from one angle.
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PUT FREE SPACE TO WORK
Have a few spare minutes? Instead of hopping on Facebook, pull up the news. You’ll be learning a lot more from that then from reading another passive-aggressive rant about somebody STILL being single.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR NEWS APP
If you have a smartphone, put your news app to work! The iPhone news app will allow you to follow several different prominent news sources and gather all pieces into one stream. Sometimes it’s nice to have articles separated by site, but for the sake of time, it’s great to be able to scroll through one app and see it all.
CREATE A NEW TIME SLOT
We already have rhythms and schedules in our lives, why not add one that keeps you informed? I’m slowly but surely adding reading the news in when I eat breakfast and watching the news while I’m running. Where could you add some news reading (or watching) into your life?
Obviously, our whole lives shouldn’t be spent connected to the news cycle. Yet, it’s definitely important to know what’s going on! Tell us how you’re going to stay informed this week in the comments!