The following is a tutorial post for Android, using my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
There are two main apps that I use to keep myself updated on the latest articles, videos, and podcasts relevant to my interests—feedly and Pocket. I love feedly and Pocket, because I can easily go down my feed to read, watch, organize, or share, greatly increasing my productivity AND they both have web versions to help speed this process up even faster.
How to use feedly and Pocket apps to increase Blog Productivity
Here’s a quick breakdown of how I use them:
- With feedly, I get to have my own categories:
As you can see, I have multiple personalized categories. Here’s what a few of them mean: BB = you guessed it, Blogger Babes!
B&Y = Brooke and Yara, my girls’ DIY blog
SI = Self-Improvement (this is where I added Mark’s blog post!)
- To save space, feedly doesn’t always share the full article. If I’m interested in an article that isn’t fully featured, I can open it in its original website.
- I’ve found so many great articles this way. Once I find one I want to share or save to read later, I usually do one of two things: 1) email via the Outlook app or save it to Pocket.
- With feedly, I can type up notes and reflections at any time, sending a full post to my editor. She then edits, finds images, formats, and schedules my post according to the next availability in our editorial calendar.
Productivity tip: Delegate duties you don’t like or a menial task that you spend too much time doing.
I can never find pictures—it takes me forever—and I have no patience for editing images. The perfectionist in me causes me to waste time surfing and over-editing. I end up wasting hours on a menial task that can be better delegated to another person who can complete it within ten minutes.
- Because feedly only saves what is visible to them, the short stories require you to have an internet connection or proper data access. Because I’m in remote places often, I prefer Pocket, which can save articles without a connection.You can also save via feedly’s “Save for Later” feature, if you don’t have the time to read something you’ve come across.
- When I’m in Pocket, I can save articles to either read or email my editor later. However, I’m highly selective of what gets saved in Pocket. Once I’m done reading a blog post, I always delete it. The things I keep are articles that I refer to often, and I keep my saved articles very personalized to myself. The reason for this is that I take my recommendations for Pocket seriously, either via the the Recommended tab as seen in the app’s screenshot below, or the occasional email sent to me with suggestions, such as Mark’s article.
I’ve been doing this for years, and I love the flexibility, convenience, and productivity I have gained from utilizing these two apps for my blog, personal self-development, and reading pleasure. I highly recommend them to anyone who blogs or otherwise likes to stay up-to-date on their topics of choice.
When do I read? Whenever I’m waiting in lines while running errands. When we take a road trip, I’m the designated driver who never drives! 😉
Lately, I’ve been exploring with voice readers, as I just got some awesome earbuds to keep me even more productive and educated as I work around the house, cooking and cleaning. I’ve tried a bunch but haven’t found one yet that I like, let alone love. Let me know if you have discovered one worth recommending!
What other apps do you use as a blogger and reader? And if you haven’t already, try out feedly and Pocket and tell me what you think!