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ronguest
ronguest

I’m looking for some help/advice. I’d like to get back to reading articles, like news or science reports, more in-depth and thoughtfully. After years of fast-reading and skimming nearly every thing due to my workload I’m trying to do a reset. I’m finding it difficult. Any advice?

Burk
Burk

@ronguest I still really like Pocket. And their text to speech feature is nice too when in the car.

scientifics
scientifics

@ronguest Tough one...I’ll give it some thought.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest follow some smart and interesting people on pinboard. I discover so much just simply by following a few good people there. Really depends on your interest(s). Do you use the service? Otherwise Instapaper is quite good. You can also follow people there as well.

joshsullivan
joshsullivan

@ronguest I’m using Pocket now as a read it later service. I usually find articles throughout the day I want to read and save it. Then read them later on the commute home or on the weekend. Gabe Weatherhead of Macdrifter had a post earlier this year with some good RSS feeds: Some Feed Suggestions. I subscribed to the entire second section as well as the Pinboard popular feed Gabe mentions earlier in the post.

ronguest
ronguest

@bradbarrish @joshsullivan Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll look into those

cdevroe
cdevroe

@ronguest One thing that helps me is that every few months I unfollow everyone on Twitter/Micro.blog and RSS et. al and start fresh. I construct my subscriptions based on my goals. Sometimes that is creative inspiration, other times it is business savvy, other times about hiking/kaying, etc. I completely switch into those modes. It works for me.

vasta
vasta

@ronguest I use Instapaper to collect articles that I'd like to read, but what's really helped me is taking notes as I read each one and then rolling up a list of my favorite ones and sharing them every few weeks. The act of taking notes, and then sharing links for others, forces me to read more deeply and thoughtfully. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

ronguest
ronguest

@vasta Thanks, I like that idea. I used to use Pocket heavily but instead have automations that save things I want to read into Things3 for me. So settings items aside to read has been covered. The problem I have had is to avoid speeding through them unnecessarily. Taking some notes seems like a good way to slow down.

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joshsullivan
joshsullivan

@ronguest @vasta I fell victim to reading too quickly when reading your post and completely missed the actual question. So to answer your question, for most articles, I print to PDF then read through once to get the gist of the piece while highlighting interesting sentences or paragraphs. Then I go back over and write notes down for anything that I highlighted. Recently I've been using LiquidText and taking notes in the PDF. Once done, I'll either save it to DEVONthink as a PDF or export the notes as a text file and link both files to each other in DEVONthink while tagging the notes for review. I review my DEVONthink databases on Sunday morning, and I read back through my notes and decide whether this might be a good source for research and tag/move appropriately. Hope that helps!

kordumb
kordumb

@vasta do you take notes within the app as you go, or someplace else?

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@Kordumb @vasta

If it helps I read in feedly anything I highlight is grabbed and posted into a Dropbox text file with link and attribution all via ifttt

I periodically go into that folder and if it still resonates will likely write something around it and drop into blot ... the time gap allows me to purge ... a lot

duck
duck

@ronguest niche solution- move house and fight with internet company for several months to get service - will get you through your pocket backlog no problem 👍 More practically I use Nuzzel to see what interesting people from twitter are reading without having the app installed

vasta
vasta

@ronguest Note-taking always helps me process all kinds of things better. Let me know how the deep reading goes!

vasta
vasta

@Kordumb I take notes on paper! I love the tactile feeling of scribbling across the page. :)

vasta
vasta

@JohnPhilpin That’s an amazing workflow! You’ve inspired me to set up something like that in the new year. Thank you!

kordumb
kordumb

@JohnPhilpin that's a neat workflow. I use Feedbin/Unread on iOS right now, but I think something simar would work with Instapaper as well.

kordumb
kordumb

@vasta that's what I've wanted to do and I have a million notebooks sitting around, but between reading on the go and reading on the couch, it feels like a hassle to have a notebook too.. I do want to encourage a more focused approach for myself when reading as well.

frankm
frankm

@JohnPhilpin @Kordumb @vasta IFTTT is the secret ingredient. I read content in Instapaper and my notes & highlights from Instapaper are grabbed by an IFTTT applet and dumped in to Evernote.

vasta
vasta

@frankm @JohnPhilpin @Kordumb Yes! I haven't really explored IFTTT for the past couple of years after a quick exploration a little while ago, but I'll have to jump back in and play again. Thanks for the tips, all!

ronguest
ronguest

@vasta The interesting aspect of the suggestion is for some very specific content I do this (important posts on finance and investing). For those I print them to PDF on my iPad then use markup to highlight key points. Finally I will write up the most important ones in a Field Notes notebook. I just never thought to apply something like that to other realms.

ronguest
ronguest

@duck Cool, I added nuzzel to my list of things to check into. Sounds interesting for sure.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest I use it and love it.