Clip, Clip to Read Later

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I spend an enormous time reading and researching on the Internet. God forbid, I find a link in an article and I go off to see what it is. Again. Again. And, yes, again. I have 100 tabs open in Chrome and my computer… slows… to… a… screeching…

I really want to read the material, but it is a distraction from someone who is a lifelong sufferer of ADD/ADHD. Look at the shiny bauble and grab it! Distraction hell. I searched for a cure! Once upon a time, it was add a bookmark. 5000+ bookmarks later in three different browsers on several devices. Did not work. Printing out web pages and PDFs to be filed in folders and notebooks led to killing several thousand acres of forest and tons of toner. Costly and failure.

Wait a minute. Yep, I just diverted my attention to a new product on Product Hunt which led me to three other products and several Github repositories. Total time used: 5 minutes, instead of what used to be an hour or two. Why?

Enter Jim’s new diversion timesaver! Here’s how it works:

  1. Glance at article.
  2. Click the icon.
  3. Save the article.
  4. Repeat as often as required.
  5. Go back to work.

Click the icon? Oh, this icon!

Microsoft OneNote Clipper

I use Microsoft OneNote as my divert to later reading and reference tool. I have tried other clipping tools, such as Evernote, Dropbox, but they just did not thrill me. While some of their premium features are good, I was not looking to pay for more functionality that I consider necessary.

All the places you can use OneNote

OneNote runs natively on just about every platform, either through the web or with a native application. And it is FREE! Yes zero, nil, null, nada money.

I have used OneNote successfully on Windows, Linux, and Android for five+ years and yet to have a compatibility issue. I find it important to be able to work whenever and wherever I am. Here are some positive points I am found.

It’s Free

Yes, even though OneDrive is a component of the Microsoft Office Suite, it is free, both the installed apps and on the web. Yes, it is a way to get you to consider using the full product, but there are no nagging reminders if you do not.

On the Cloud and Local

For the free user of OneNote, Microsoft provides 5GB of free storage on its cloud storage facility, OneDrive. Only requirement is a free Microsoft Live account. You can get additional free space by referring others to using OneDrive as well as through other promotions using the Bing search facility. There is a paid subscription plan as well. I use the full Office 365 suite which includes 1TB of storage per user.

You are not limited to using OneDrive for your OneNote notebooks. You can also create them on local drives, including networked drives and removable media. The limitation is that you can only access local notebooks from any of the OneNote applications, not from the web. However, there is even a solution for that! You can maintain a local notebook that is synchronized automatically with a notebook on OneDrive.

Sharing Notebooks

Like other cloud-based file systems, OneNote gives you the option to share your notebooks with others. This gives you the opportunity to collaborate with team members and family on common projects. You can limit sharing to read only, something that I have found very useful for sharing information to the world. There is no need for your audience to download anything to view the notebook because it can be done through any web browser! You control the access and can easily revoke it at any time. Here, take a look at this shared notebook to see how easy it is!

Give it a Try!

I have found this technique of saving for later using OneNote to be a timesaver for me. With the amount of reading and research that I do, this method has improved my productivity in so many ways. It has also cut down on the where the heck did I put that issue because I can do a simple find in OneNote and look through all of my notebooks and locate all related information.

I will be adding more productivity articles here including hacks that I have found to make OneNote work best for me.

Please let me know what you think and if you have others ways to do this. Comments are expected and applause is appreciated. Click the Follow button, too. I look at each follower as being yet another potential source of knowledge. Who knows! You may get clipped too!

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