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5 ways to capitalize on Instapaper

5 ways to capitalize on Instapaper

There are services that become part of your everyday life, applications and programs that are so important in your daily life that you do not remember how I did before using. In my case, Instapaper is one of them. For many, it is our duty to save favorite links can not read at the time. Over time, I’ve discovered several ways that you can exploit to increase your productivity, so I share five ways to exploit:

1. The philosophy “all you can eat”

Did you see that sign in the restaurant that says “all you can eat”? So Internet. A huge buffet of information. Of course, and like when we are limited by commercial capacity. For more succulent dishes that we face, we can only allow us to eat the body. With items for something similar: we can only read what they give us time. So we must be selective about what we put on the plate to make the most.

The “all you can eat” with the proviso that you can not take the food to your house. On the Internet, services like (or Pocket, another interesting alternative) allow you to store texts to consume later. But this does not mean you should you cram. Should also be selective, you can choose only a little. Think about what you would do in front of a buffet: maybe you’d like to take home desserts or salads. Apply this philosophy to Instapaper: think what you want to read later. Texts? Very long? Items? Days? Manuals?? Personal Blogs??

This is more important than it seems. If only accumulate items, you will be the same as in the day. There will be much to read and little time to consume. Thus it is likely that you’ve saved some links expire or are lost between much information. No: Instapaper’s joke is to prioritize and leverage. That does not mean you can eat everything you should.

2. Rank in folders

A little known feature of Instapaper is that you can create folders to know where you keep everything. You can do that from the website, so count on specific repositories for a particular purpose. Perhaps, like me, need information to make items, with the folder, you can separate it from the leisure items, for example. Maybe you’re a fan of cooking and want a place to group your recipes or DIY enthusiast and you need a couple of manuals. Sort it makes everything easier.

Another little known feature is that each folder shows a button to the browser itself. This means that if you’re looking at a site about pets and want to keep it in its appropriate folder, that shortcut sends it directly. Although mobile applications can not do-everything will have the folder from the default-web is a great help.

Instapaper folders also create your own RSS. This is extremely useful. Imagine, for example, you’re a professor of archeology who saved items to present to their students. With this function, you could read the articles in your general folder, and that you like, send them to a specific website feed to your class. With a few moves, you have a very practical content syndicator.

3. Integrates with other services

Instapaper offers many ways to collect your links. My preferred, for example, is its integration with Tweetbot. Simply hold the link in the application for iOS or secondary click on the link in the Mac OS X and a menu that sends the link. Other programs that have a similar integration are Reeder, with an icon, even-or Flipboard. So you can do a quick scan of your feeds and debug in Instapaper. Of course, there’s the classic button from the browser, which I spoke a few lines above.

But that’s not the only way to integrate. Services like IFTTT can connect much more creative. One of my favorites is through Evernote . In case you did not know, Instapaper is not intended to keep the items for a long time (a couple of months, maximum). Many times we come across content that does not expire easily, so we want to keep them in some way. Through IFTTT formula, you can program each time you mark an article as favorite Instapaper, go directly to a folder in Evernote. So, ensure to have a copy of it when require.

4. Share

What good is reading if you can not share? Instapaper lets you share through various services, most notably Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinboard. It also allows you to mail the items you’ve saved or copy the link or some text.

Sure, it can do any service, but one of its advantages is that you can make an item in a task in Things or OmniFocus. It sounds unusual, but it makes perfect sense if you have to consult a text as you play a task. For example, converting a fitness routine that you found on the web in a reminder to go exercising, or the ingredients of a recipe in the task of going to the supermarket.

5. Give a purpose

Perhaps most important to take advantage of these services is to give them a purpose. As I said at the beginning, save for save information ends up not contribute much. But if you look at it from the start as a tool that helps you to enhance your productivity, you can get a lot of juice. There was a time, for example, he used Instapaper as my repository for the weekends, when I had more hours to read. So I concentrated on saving items that will not expire as fast and could wait a few days to read.

Once, I was invited to teach a course and decided to use Instapaper to save items that could serve me in class. So did my search on Google and saved ten or twenty potential links, at night, refining the search and I stayed with the top five. I think the best way to use Instapaper is like a filter, not as a final service, but everyone knows the schedule that works best according to their specific objectives.

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