Changing Gears for Fall – My New Tech Strategy

September 12, 2013

Important Concepts

I know I haven’t been updating the site as frequently as I should as of late, but it’s been a hectic few weeks. My kids have been busy which means I’ve been busy, and I’ve started school again for another year which means I have to hit the books most evenings. Amazingly, things are still progressing quite nicely on this site so I’d like to thank everyone for continuing to follow along. I’d also like to thank those of you who have signed up for the mailing list recently.

I certainly plan on posting regularly this fall so I hope you’ll continue to follow along.

So now that we’re all back to the grind, I thought I’d quickly share my new technology strategy with you. So far this September, I’ve been using the bare minimum when it comes to apps as I’m trying to save as much time as possible. One way I’ve shaved time from my day is by deleting the feedly app. I am a big fan of feedly but even with my modest number of feeds (about 10), I found myself scrolling through articles as dictated by my “unread count”. RSS readers are a great way to stay on top of articles and news stories that are important to you, but they can also eat up 10 or 15 minutes of your day without adding any real value. As I mentioned, I deleted the feedly app and I’m now using Flipboard exclusively.  I still follow most of the same websites, but Flipboard doesn’t keep track of articles read so you never really feel like you’re falling behind, losing track of what’s going on in the world.

Another major leap I’ve made recently is to the Mailbox app. I had tried it a few months back without too much success, but with the Gmail app becoming more and more frustrating as of late I decided to give it another go. If you’re interested in keeping your email organized like never before, it’s worth giving this app a try. Here’s a quick video explaining why it’s like no email app you’ve ever used:

I’ve had mostly good luck with Mailbox, although there are a few things that I think could be improved. I plan on doing a review in the near future. If any of you give it a try over the next couple of weeks I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

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