Know how there never seems to be enough hours in the day, or even days in a week for us to accomplish lots of the things we want or need to do? Those of us that have the privilege of doing what we want and need also get to decide when we’ll do them and nearly everyone I know, tends to make the time for the things they want to do. What we want to do and what others want us to spend our time doing may or may not be the same thing.
In this post I want to introduce you to a tool that I’ve only recently been using. I’d known about it for a good while but never liked this sort of tool and so after investigating a few similar tools, I didn’t bother with them until recently, after listening to one of Michael Hyatt’s YouTube videos. Michael Hyatt's a busy, busy man and Feedly is one of those tools in his arsenal that he uses consistently to help him keep up with his regular intake of information from a variety of sources, which include about 200 (or more) weblogs.
What is Feedly?
I suppose before I describe Feedly I should probably describe a feed. Don’t worry. Neither will take long.
A feed is an updated stream of data. An example is this blog. The blog data is a feed. It’s feeding you information. Each time I publish a new post, it generates more data into the feed.
Feedly is a tool that grabs updated information in a feed, and keeps it for you, nice and neat, until you have time to read it, watch it or listen to it. A feed can be produced by a radio station, or television station, or newspaper, an alternative news source, such as a weblog or video channel.
Even if I weren’t a writer I would still be a reader, a listener, a researcher, and other things. I’m not alone in this and have realized that the people I’m closest to are those who also those who are driven to learn and discover new things, rather than having no interest in learning. Today learning is easier than it’s ever been. There are resources this generation has at its fingertips that our ancestors would have loved to have had access to. The downside is the same as it’s always been. So much to learn and do and so little time to cover all of it.
That’s where Feedly can help.
I've been using Feedly for about six weeks and wow! What an improvement I'm seeing in time management.
It's not always feasible to get to the websites that produce work I watch, read or listen to on the same day that they publish new content. Many of these sources I'm subscribed to and get an email notification each time new content is published but even those can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. I always intend to get back to them but sometimes my intent and what I actually follow through with don't line up as I want them to.
These days I don't have to feel the pressure of stopping what I'm doing to hurry and visit a site that's notified me of new content, unless I want to. For those times I don't want to, or can't, Feedly grabs the information and holds it for me until I can visit the site at a better time. That allows me the luxury of reading it in a more relaxed fashion, and savoring it rather than trying to gulp it down quickly, when I'm busy.
Feedly also allows me to read it from my Android or Windows tablet, my Android mobile phone and my HP laptop. If you're an Apple Mac user, Feedly will play nice with your devices too, and also works on Kindle tablets.
An example via WarnerWords
Below is a screen shot of a website I follow. The circled RSS feed button gives you the option of adding a feed to whatever feed reader you want to use. The light-colored Feedly icon in the lower right allows me to just click that, on any feed, and it will add it to my Feedly reader. The button shows up on my screen automatically on every site that I access.
Keeping it organized
If you're one of those folks who loves keeping stuff organized, you're definitely gonna love Feedly. It's designed to not only hold onto the feeds you want to keep track of and engage with but also has some sterling organization options.
You can designate feeds as must reads, today, or even into categories of your own making.
Below is a video to visually introduce you to Feedly by a teacher. He does a great job of explaining what it is and how it works. I hope you'll watch it and if you like it, please consider giving it a thumbs up and maybe subscribing to his channel.
You can get your own Feedly reader at feedly.com. It will work on a Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, and the Feedly app is available for most mobile devices.
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