Evernote provides many different tools to capture and save web content. From our own Web Clipper to integrations like Feedly and Pocket,
Freelance author and paperless expert Jamie Todd Rubin recently wrote about his process for curating important content while keeping Evernote clutter-free.
This post is an excerpt from Jamie’s blog post about his productivity setup with Evernote and Pocket.
I needed a better way of getting what I wanted to keep in Evernote, but at the same time, keep Evernote clutter-free. Eventually, I came up with a process that has been working very well for me. It involves using Pocket, a “save for later” service like Instapaper. With Pocket, you can grab links, images, and videos and save them for later. Pocket also removes the clutter from the articles and presents them in an easy-to read format. Lots of applications integrate with Pocket, making it easy to send articles and other items. Best of all, you can send items from Pocket to Evernote.
I use Pocket as a kind of intermediary clearing house for web research and clippings. Illustrated, my process looks something like this:
Here’s how to setup the process in four simple steps:
1. Save to Pocket
I do most of my reading and research online using one of three tools, Twitter, Feedly, or Chrome. I use Echofon as my Twitter client on my iPhone, which allows me to send Tweets containing links I’m interested in reading directly to pocket. Like this:
2. Review (curate) articles in Pocket
I tend to review my articles in Pocket when I have small pockets of free time, which means I do this almost entirely on my iPhone. I’ll open up the Pocket app, skip some articles, read and read others in their entirety.
Tip: Use Pocket as an article curator and then sort the ones you want to save into Evernote. You can use Pocket to read, archive, or delete articles. If you have valuable ones that you will reference later, save those into your Evernote.
Here is what Pocket looks like on my iPhone:
3. Send to Evernote
It’s very easy to send to Evernote from Pocket. You need to configure Pocket to send to your Evernote account, but that is a one-time process. Once you’ve done that. you click on the article, then click on the standard “Send To” button, after which you will see a list of options:
Next, I click the Evernote option and I’m prompted for some additional information about how I want to file the item in Evernote:
Tip: From here, add a title to your note, select a notebook, add tags, and even include additional notes of your own. The resulting note ends up in Evernote.
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