How many times do you come across information and think, “Hey, this is great! I need to remember it (or remember to read it)”…and then promptly forget completely about it?
I used to do this all too often. I still do occasionally, although it’s become much rarer since I systematized how I save information to consume, remember and reference later on.
Here’s what I use:
- Goodreads. Saves the list of books I’ve already read and list of books I want to read.
- An Evernote folder. I really don’t know how I managed before I started using the Evernote web clipper. If it’s of even remote interest, I clip and save it to read later.
- Kindle (or any other eReader) list. I love the ability to create Collections on my Kindle. When I buy new books (all too frequently), I add them to a To Read collection on my Kindle that I can reference when I’m ready for a new book. I also tend to download the newest books to my phone (my primary reading device), so that I always have 10-15 options downloaded and ready. You never know when you’re going to be ready to read and don’t have an internet connection!
- Feedly. I use Feedly to curate blogs and websites that I know I want to read frequently or at least ensure I don’t miss information from. I also have an IFTT recipe set up to send any Feedly “Saved for Later” items to my Evernote. (Hint: This is a great way to save information for future social media shares or to aid in content creation.)
- Dropbox. Dropbox is my workhorse for any actual files that need to be saved, such as PDFs, Word docs, presentations, etc. I have a specific Dropbox folder set up for Training & Education, and for Saved for Later.
- Podcast Up Next List. I love the ability to save specific podcast episodes to listen to later.
- A physical to-read shelf. Last, but certainly not least, having designated shelf space for books and papers to read or process is essential to keeping the house from getting cluttered, or those fantastic not-yet-read books from getting lost among old favorites.
How do I use the information I’ve saved?
I set specific times to review my Saved for Later folders and filter for current information. These aren’t super rigid set times, just one of the many routines in my day or week that I sort through as I have time. This is a great activity to do in the 5-10 minutes of downtime that occurs here and there, while waiting in line, waiting for meetings to start, etc.