To read or not to read? Pocket it

“There is a time for everything.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ever caught yourself stumbling upon an exciting article, and you know you shouldn’t read it…yet?

Like, when you’re doing serious research on climate change for a class the next day, and you find an article on the making of Avengers: Age of Ultron, or a new teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Common sense dictates you shouldn’t browse that article or video right now. Maybe next time. But then, you say, I’ll surely forget about it if I don’t do it now. What dilemma! If only there’s an app to deposit all the articles you want to peruse some other time

The good news is, there’s indeed an app for that. And it does its job beautifully.

Pocket works in all smart gadgets | Image by Pocket
Pocket works in all smart gadgets | Image by Pocket

Pocket can help students and pros alike to save time online. Just download the app on your mobile gadget and the extension on your browser.

So every time you encounter an interesting article — and it’s not yet the best time to read it — just click the Pocket extension button. It will instantly save the webpage’s text and images into your Pocket account.

After clicking the extension button, you have the option to add tags to the page.
After clicking the extension button, you have the option to add tags to the page.

And when you finally get the time to read — say, during commute or in the loo — you open the Pocket app in your tablet or smartphone — and voila, it’s there, in gloriously clean format. It works even while you’re offline.

Glimpses of the pages saved to your Pocket | Image by Pocket
Glimpses of the pages saved to your Pocket | Image by Pocket

Try it for a week or two. You’ll be amazed how much time you can save and use in the proper way.


This post is adapted from my contribution to the iCPA Student Cafe, the blog of iCPA.

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