Why too much reading is not helping you
IF, LIKE ME, YOU ALWAYS WANT to keep pace with new developments and insights, you're running a big risk: the risk of 'overeating' knowledge without properly digesting it.
Especially in times of lockdown, this risk of 'binge learning' is serious. After all, you have (or had) more time to broaden your horizons. Or maybe you are the kind of person who always has a large stack of books and articles waiting on your desk or desktop?
In any case, taking in all that knowledge without properly digesting it is a bit of a waste. You're actually skipping two steps:
This second step is more difficult, requires much more discipline, than reading one article after the other and feeling like you're getting smarter by the minute. It leads to a sugar rush that may feel nice for a bit, but ultimately does not provide any nutrition.
My advice would be: take a critical look at that stack of articles and books. Do you read them to 'stay informed' (almost impossible) or do you read them to improve your working method? In the latter case:
Make a list of 4 aspects of your work that you wish to improve this year. Do these books and articles contribute to those goals? If not, put them away.
As you can see, these goals provide a clear framework, but above all: a clear end point to your research. It's the equivalent of making your plate a bit smaller so you don't overeat. Enjoy!