Staying up to date on things is important. It helps you to stay current, and it always gives you things to talk about or research when you need to. This article will look at some good alternatives you can use to replace the phrase “staying up to date.”
The preferred alternatives are “keeping informed,” “keep track of,” and “staying current.” You can use these to show that you are trying to keep on top of all the information that’s presented to you. It could relate to specific fields of study or local or global news and information.
“Keeping informed” works really well when you’re showing that you’re keeping up to date with information. You can use “keeping” in place of “staying” to show that you’re trying to remember all of the important facts and information to help you.
“Informed” means that you’re getting a steady stream of information from someone. For example, you might be “informed” by the news that things are happening, which usually gives you a place to learn more about that thing every day that you tune in.
- I’m keeping informed on all the things that are currently happening. I think there are a few things that we need to do to make a serious change.
- Don’t worry; I’ve been keeping myself informed on everything that’s important right now. I’ll be able to share most of that with them later.
- I thought you were keeping informed just like I am. Maybe you need to try harder because there are some really bad things happening.
Keep Track Of
“Keep track of” works well when there are current affairs or situations that you need to be clued in on. “Track” is used here to show that the information is constantly developing, and you usually need to make sure you’re paying attention to keep up.
If you don’t “Keep track of” something, it means you’ve fallen behind. It can be hard to catch back up again, depending on how much information is readily available about that thing.
- Please keep track of the tasks that your team has to get through. I feel like you’re letting them get lazy, and that’s not a good look for anyone.
- If you don’t keep track of the news, you’ll never understand what we’re talking about. We need you to pay a bit more attention. Okay?
- I thought you were keeping track of all of the updates. I didn’t realize that you wanted me to get stuck in and do it myself!
“Staying current” works well when you’re referring to the news or current affairs. It shows that you’re constantly listening to or reading the news to find out more about what’s happening in the world.
“Current” implies that you are living in the moment, and you know what’s happening in the world around you.
- I’m not staying current because the news depresses me at the minute. I feel like I don’t learn anything new that’s going to help me out.
- I thought you were good at staying current. This thing is quite big in the news, and you really should have heard a little bit about it.
- They’re going to have to stay current with these matters if they want to stay ahead of the competition. That’s all I’m going to say.
“Follow” is a more modern term you can use. It relates to your ability to follow feeds online (i.e. using Twitter, Instagram, or other follow-based sites). Every “follow” gives you a chance to keep up to date with certain information.
If you’re using social media sites, you will be able to follow a lot of different people. Each of those people will be able to give you different information or views about the same piece of information.
- I follow a lot of accounts that post updates about this stuff. It’s allowed me to keep myself up to date with all of the things happening in the world.
- I follow the news all the time. I’m the kind of guy that goes home and chucks the television on straight away to do some research.
- I thought you followed all of the affairs going on right now. Clearly, there’s a bit of a gap in your knowledge that needs fixing.
Keep Abreast Of
“Keep abreast of” is an old-fashioned way of showing that you’re paying attention to the news or information. “Abreast” isn’t commonly used today, but it works well to show that you’re trying to stay updated with whatever you can.
- I keep abreast of the things that I think are important. I don’t feel the need to work much harder than that because it’s never benefited me.
- I’m going to keep abreast of all the updates. I’ll let you know if anything new develops that you might need to work through.
- I thought she was keeping abreast of all of the facts for me. I’ve been left in the dark for a little bit, and I don’t know what to do now.
“Plugged into” is a more informal phrase you can use to show that you know what’s going on around you. If you “Plug into” current affairs, it means you know all of the important things that are happening related to the major issues in the world right now.
“Plugged into” is strictly an informal phrase. It won’t work all that well if you’re writing formally because people tend to view it as more of an informal or slang phrase.
- I’m plugged into current affairs, thank you very much. I know almost everything that’s happening in the world. What more could I need to know?
- I knew you weren’t as plugged into these things as you thought you were. There is so much happening that you’re ignorant of.
- I like to keep myself plugged in because I know there’s a lot that I might miss. I try and stay current with all of the things I can control.
“Staying informed” is another variation you can use. “Staying” and “keeping” are synonymous, allowing you to use them to show that you’re trying to keep up to date with the information that might be around you.
- I’m staying informed to make sure I get the information relayed to my team as soon as possible. It’s very important that they know.
- I want you to stay informed because it’s going to help us all to figure out a better approach going forward. Do you think you can do that?
- I’m not staying informed right now because I’m overwhelmed with information. I wish someone else would step in to help me out.
Keep Up With
“Keep up with” is an informal phrase you can use when you’re showing that you’re keeping on top of information or news sources. It allows you to stay up to date with all the things that are currently happening, which gives you more to talk about.
- Can you keep up with the news for me? I’m having a hard time following all the new pieces because there’s too much to take in.
- I thought you were good at keeping up with the team’s tasks. You’ve let yourself get a bit swamped by them. That’s not okay.
- I’m not keeping up with the information as well as I’d like to. I wish there was something I could do to learn more about it.
Keep Updated On
“Keep updated on” works really well. It uses the “Keep” verb again to show that you are trying your best to retain all the information that allows you to stay “current” about certain things that are happening.
- You’re going to need to keep updated on most of these issues. You’re going to be the guy we turn to when we’re asking for help.
- Can you keep updated on all of the facts for me? It would be useful to have an inside man getting the news to me when I need it.
- I thought you were better at keeping updated on these things. Now, who am I supposed to rely on to get me the news when I want it?
“Stay tuned” can work well to show that you’re staying up to date. It’s not the best choice as most people use it to refer to paying attention to things or returning to shows for the next episode after the previous one finishes.
Nevertheless, you can use “stay tuned” to remind someone that they need to pay attention to the news. You might also use it to refer to yourself if you’re keeping yourself updated with information that might help you.
- You’ll have to stay tuned to find out more about all of these things. I want to make sure that we’re all in this together.
- Just stay tuned because I’m sure there’s something important that we can all learn from this. We just have to wait a bit.
- I thought you were going to stay tuned and learn more about this. I need you to focus and get the news channel on.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.