Formerly called Read It Later, Pocket, is my favorite app for saving articles I want to read. One of my biggest downfalls is my love for my iPhone and iPad. I check Twitter or Facebook and before I know it I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and am reading an article someone posted a link to. This is not a productive or organized use of my time.
Now I use an app called Pocket. Here’s how it works:
- Identify an article that sounds like an interesting one to read.
- Open the article and instead of reading it I copy the link (URL) with the “copy” option in Safari.
- Open Pocket app and it magically knows I just copied a URL. Pocket asks me if I want to save this URL. I say “yes” and then Pocket saves the URL and the article to the app.
- Every week, I set aside some time to browse my saved articles in Pocket.
- I read the articles I want to and I archive them if I want to save them. At the same time I tag articles with one or more of the tags I’ve set up to organize the articles by topic. Current tags include: agents, blogging, books to read, communication, cookbooks, food trend, happiness, leadership, manners, nutrition, parenting, etc. You get the picture.
Pocket is one of my favorite apps because I’m more productive. I’m not reading full articles every time I open Twitter or Facebook. I’m also more organized since I can search for articles with my tags and Pocket displays the articles I’ve saved. All saved articles are at my fingertips because I can access Pocket from my iPad, iPhone, and PC.