Years ago, I spent a lot of time commuting and listening to motivational and time management gurus (on cassette tape!). I remember Brian Tracy talking about how to fit in all the reading a successful businessperson must do. One of his tips was to go through your magazines, look at the table of contents, tear out the articles you wanted to read, and then get rid of the magazine (please recycle).
The next step was to put all the articles into a file, and carry it with you everywhere so you could read any time you had a few minutes to kill.
Nowadays, most of the articles I’m tempted by are online, but there are several applications that allow you to take Mr. Tracy’s time-saving approach to reading what has been dubbed “time-shifted content”. Think of it like recording your favorite TV show on your DVR for later viewing, but for reading material.
Now, instead of wasting precious writing time reading blog posts like this one, you can read them while waiting at the doctor’s office, riding the Metro to work, or sitting in the kiss-and-ride pick up line after school.
If you love the article and want to keep the information, send it to Evernote. Otherwise, delete it and move on to the next article. The apps let you organize the articles by folder or tag, and are compatible with other applications like Evernote, Flipboard, Twitter, Zite News Reader, and more.
Even better, sites like Longform reformat long articles from magazines and newspapers for easier reading on these “time-shifted content” apps.
I’m pretty sure Brian Tracy would approve.
[UPDATED 9 July 2018 to remove now-defunct Readability app]