Over the years, I have found that the best way to absorb information is to pay attention to it when you notice it.
My theory is that noticing it is an indication that you are receptive to that type of information at the moment. Even if you are too 'wrapped up' right then, bookmark or copy or 'Instapaper' it for consumption later.
Conversely, when you sign up for a seminar, webinar, or follow someone else's suggestion (like now), you are less likely to make the information your own because it wasn't your attention that put it in front of you.
orig post date Jan 2013