Since attention is finite, I don’t want to decorate my attic with stuff that doesn’t make me dream.
Avoid the unimportant, uninspiring, unhelfpful; only glean what matters.
Roberto Estreitinho also offers some great reading advice for the Internet era:
A short bonus regarding long reads: in case of doubt, skip to the conclusion. If it’s worthy of understanding how the author got there, read it all. If not, congratulations. You just avoided wasting time. (I owe this one to Jason Fried)
I often do this. I read the last paragraph of articles for the summary and reread the full article if it’s engaging. But you have to know what to look for.