I’ve been spending so much time lately thinking about systems and process and planners – both for me and for my clients – and I thought that maybe I should start thinking out-loud and sharing what I’m finding. So here’s the start of a category of posts on “Systems and Apps to Manage Your Business” or maybe “Systems and Apps to Move Your Business Forward”…  Anyway, you get the idea!

Pocket.  Have you heard of this great app?  If you’re anything like me, you have way too many tabs open in your browser at any given time, but you keep running into articles you want to read, blog posts you want to read, things you want to check out at another time, etc etc.  Yeah, you could bookmark them and file them in a “Stuff to Do or Read Later” folder – but, if you’re still anything like me, stuff often just lingers and dies in there, totally forgotten.

Instead, now I use Pocket, as a Chrome browser add-on (“bookmarklet”), and on both my iPad and my iPhone.  Whenever I find something that I want to read, but don’t have the time to do so right then, I use the bookmarklet to add it to my Pocket, and then close the tab.  Now that article or blog post or website is in my Pocket queue, ready to be read on any of my devices.

Then, when waiting for appointments, standing in an annoying line, or even on the plane, I can pull out my phone or iPad and read the pieces that have been waiting for me.  No random surfing of Facebook in those few minutes, but actually catching up on pieces that I wanted to read!  And those tabs on my browser can be closed without any worry that the information will be lost for good.

By the way, you can even email links to your Pocket, or save to Pocket from hundreds of other apps as well.  They also email you links to some interesting articles weekly, with ideas of other things to add to your Pocket, and that has brought my attention to other great pieces I might have missed.

Enjoy!  And let me know if you use it and what you think!