I’m thinking about using Agenda as above, and before I dive wondering if anyone else is doing this, and how their workflow goes.
I need to keep a list of things I’ve come across that I want to read when I have more time, and also, when I read them, keep track of useful stuff for future use.
My current workflow is like this:
- Stuff I see on Twitter - news articles, reports etc
- Articles in my RSS reader
- …in email newsletters
- … that I come across on the web, both incidentally and when actively researched
Most of the time, it’s stuff that I think I may want to use in my work, blogs, social media, etc in the future. So, it tends to be fairly random.
Current tools: I was using Pocket but switched to Pinboard a few months ago. The main reason for the switch was to be able to tag items, automatically adding them to on RSS feed that my social media scheduling tool (SmarterQueue) can draw from.
Outputs: This is where it’s a mess. I collect stuff and read stuff, but unless something is really relevant right now, I don’t do anything much with it. I don’t take notes on it, because it’s not a priority and it means opening up another app copying the url etc, I don’t tag it by topic because generally it covers several issues; the social media RSS feed is clunky.
But then later I think “that thing I read…” and I have to scroll through Pocket/Pinboard to find it.
I realise this is as much about me and my habits as the tools! I’m thinking that if I shared stuff I want to read to Agenda, I would have a note for each item, and when I read it, I can easily copy and paste any quotes etc into the note.
Ideally I think a shortcut based on the sharing extension would help, eg adding the article title to the note title, copying any highlighted text and the url into the note.
When I need to work with the information later, I already have a note where I can add further thoughts, draft a Tweet etc.