Join Zack Arnold for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing useful information with Pocket, part of Video Post Productivity Weekly.
- [Instructor] If you want to be intentional about the information that you choose to consume as opposed to the information that you ignore, you need a system that doesn't include keeping 100 browser tabs open at any one time. In previous lessons, I showed you how to set up a simple workflow to sort through all of your favorite blogs and news sites using Feedly. And in this lesson I'm going to introduce you to Pocket, which is the perfect companion to Feedly. Pocket is somewhat similar to a service like, I don't know, maybe Pinterest. But the cool thing about Pocket is that it learns your favorite kinds of articles and it helps you find more of them.
It's also a great way to sort different types of articles into as many categories or tags as you'd like, which is much more difficult using Feedly. And if you remember, as I mentioned in a previous lesson, even though you can organize and sort articles to read later in Feedly, I prefer to separate the articles that I want to read later into Pocket so I'm not tempted to still go into my feeds and find more and more articles that I need to read. I can be truly intentional only about reading and not finding new links to click.
So here we are at getpocket.com. And you can either create a new account or you can log in. So I'm going to go ahead and log in. And you can see that where we start, my list is empty. Now, it already shows you some recommended articles to get started, but we're not going to go ahead and do that. We're going to jump right into Feedly. And we're first going to put our articles from Feedly into Pocket. So going back to where we left off previously, let's just go to CNN and let's just choose this first article.
And you can see there are all of these different options to save this, and Pocket is going to be in the further menu options. So I'm going to go down and select Pocket. And I can also add a tag. So let's make the tag Trump. So now when I view the list, I can see that it's in this list. When I go to Pocket, there it is. What's really, really powerful is that as I create more of these tags, I can narrow down everything that I want into specific categories.
So let's say that you are an editor and you want to sort everything about editing into one category and everything about visual effects into another category. And you want to learn about color correction, so that's in another category. You don't just have to have feeds that are based on the sites. You can create lists specific to your categories, which is harder to do in Feedly. So let's just go back to Feedly and let's just create a couple more. So we're going to add some new content.
We're going to go to Publications and Blogs. Let's just go to a popular editing blog, creativecow.net. And we want to follow Creative COW News. We want to create a new feed that's called Post-Production. So we create that. We go to Creative COW News. We can see that we have this article here about the Thunderbolt 3. So we're going to put this in Pocket, and we're going to make this about technology.
But then as we go down further, we can see here's one about camera specifically. So let's say that we want to learn more about cameras, so we add that tag. And now rather than just having this feed from Creative COW in the Post-Production category, when we go to Pocket, we go to Tags, and now we can look at everything about cameras, everything about technology, and, if you want, everything about Trump.
So now I go back to All items and everything is in front of me. And as I've already said, this is similar to the way that it's done in Feedly, but it's in a completely separate bucket. This is your bucket of things that you want to read. Feedly is your bucket of information that you want to collect to read later. Here's where this gets way more powerful than just using Feedly. You can clip any article in any browser tab into Pocket and tag it to read it later without ever having to go into Pocket. And you can also do the same thing using the Pocket app on your phone.
So let's just go to creativecow.net directly. So let's say that I wanted to learn more about editing Sharknado 5. All I have to is install the Pocket Chrome extension. So Save to Pocket. I want to install Save to Pocket.
It is now installed. And you'll see that I have this little extension with my Chrome extensions. So I just go ahead and click on the Save to Pocket extension and the page is automatically saved and I can add any tag that I want. So now I want to learn about editors. So even if I haven't created the tag already, it's going to create a new one. What this means is you never, ever have to leave your actual browser tab. So this means when you have 100 browser tabs open at once, you can go through one by one, clip them to Pocket, add tags, and be much more intentional about the types of reading that you're doing at any given time.
So, again, I go back to Pocket and it immediately shows up. And I can read it. And it sends me right back to the site. But now I know that anything else that I want to read is going to be in that specific tag or category. And once again, like I said, you can do this from anywhere. So if you're scrolling through Facebook, through Twitter, if you get an email, any time that you see something where you think to yourself, I really, really should read this. This is really important. But I'm in the middle of something and I probably shouldn't read it right now, so I'm going to open a browser tab and I'm going to read it later.
You're probably not going to and you're just going to get stressed out. Instead, send it to Pocket, tag it, categorize it, and be intentional about what you're going to read when. So now that you've learned how to sort any articles or information that you find online and have them prepped and ready for whenever you'd like to consume them, the next step in overcoming information overload or FOMO is having somewhere to send these articles once you're done with them. So in a future lesson, I'm going to walk you through how to further build this workflow by including Evernote.
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