Blogs provide a great way to stay on top of what is happening in your field. That statement holds true regardless of what position you hold. The problem becomes one of time. You identify more and more good blogs. You then spend more and more time going to each to read new content. Today's article on Feedly is going to give you the relief you need.
What if you could go to one place and see the new posts from all your favorite blogs? What if you could dismiss the posts as you read them and save others to re-read later? It's not only possible, but it's free, and it's easy.
Feedly to the rescue
Start by creating a free account. Go to feedly.com. Click "Get started for free."
You have several ways in which you can create a login. Many people will choose to login with their Google or Facebook account. Clicking "Continue with Feedly" allows you to use your email address and create a unique password.
At this point, you can click on categories under "Explore the Web." If you already know of blogs you like, enter a URL in the search window. Watch the results.
When you see something in the list you like, click the "Follow" button. Feedly will ask you to supply a "Feed name." That means you are being asked to supply a category. You might enter Education, Technology, Finance, Sports, etc.
Continue to enter URLs of your favorite blogs in the search window. You will see the left side-bar of your Feedly populate with the posts from the blogs you want to read.
Your daily workflow on Feedly
When you log-in to Feedly, click on "Today" in the left sidebar. Start reading your selections.
I like what's called the "Magazine" view. Select your view by clicking the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner of the screen.
One neat thing about Feedly is that once you have read a post, it doesn't appear again. That being said, if you want to save the article to view later, simply click the ribbon.
So you saved some posts? In the left side-bar, click "Read later" and you will see them. When you are finished with an article, unclick the ribbon. The article will not appear again.
Feedly from your mobile device
We all have those spare minutes during the day. We find ourselves looking at our phones during those times. But just what are you looking at?
You could be looking at email. Personally, I find I am better able to handle email from my desktop computer. That's why at the end of the day, my inbox is empty.
Other than a quick look to see if there is something critical, reading email is not how I spend those minutes.
You could look at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. There's always something new there. But is it content that is of quality? After all, you're trading your time for the content you're viewing. Is it worth it?
There's another way to spend those spare minutes when the tool you have is your phone. Open the Feedly app. It's a free download from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.
Just like the website, you have "Today" and "Read Later" sections. Tab and hold on an article to save it (add the ribbon) or unsave it.
What is easy gets done. When automation can trap our favorite content in one place, we wind up reading it. Pick the blogs that supply great content and let Feedly handle the rest.
Frank Buck is the author of Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders and was named to "Global Gurus Top 30" for 2017 in the time management category. He speaks throughout the United States and internationally about organization and time management. You can reach Dr. Buck through his website: FrankBuck.org. Follow him on Twitter @DrFrankBuck.