Don’t you just hate waiting? Especially when you are running errands, you’ll encounter situations when you just have to wait until it’s your turn to take care of your business.
But what if you figured a nice way to take advantage of your waiting times?
Well, with InstaPaper and Amazon Kindle you can do this very easily.
Check out the video and see what I mean. And don’t forget to share your own favorite tips for taking advantage of your waiting times!
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- Video length: 05:45
- Transcript: [spoiler]Hello, this is Timo from ProductiveSuperdad.com, and today I wanted to
share with you a very quick and easy way of taking advantage of your
waiting times. Now, unfortunately at times you will encounter waiting,
whether it is when you are going to post office or when you are going to a
bank, and instead of just sitting and waiting for your turn, you can very
easily maximize that waiting time. In order to do that, we are going to use
a service called Instapaper.Now, obviously, you need to register an account first before you can use
Instapaper. But it’s a very simple and easy process, and after you have
registered an account, you will sign in like this.What this service does is that it lets you save web pages for later
reading. So, I don’t know about you, but every now and then my web browser
is full of open tabs. And especially when I’m starting my web browser for
the first time, it takes ages to load those open tabs. In most of the cases
those open tabs contains some very cool web pages or blog posts that I have
found around the Web, and well, I just haven’t had time to read and go
through those posts so I’ll leave the tabs open on my browser. But a much
nicer way to deal with this issue is that instead of having dozens of open
browser tabs, after you have registered an account with Instapaper, you can
save those pages for later reading.
This is the front page of my personal Instapaper account. I have saved a
couple of blog posts already, something that I want to go through at some
point. You can very easily add new posts by entering the URL information
and the title of the post and maybe writing a brief summary about the post
Now, that’s obviously one way to do it. But a much easier and nicer way to
do it is to use a browser extension, for instance in my case I am using
Google Chrome. As you can see here that I have a Read Later button. So all
I have to do is that when I sign in to Instapaper, I can just, you know,
drag and drop this Read Later button to my Chrome navigation bar, and then
it’s very easily accessible.
For instance, if I find an article which I would like to read later, so all
I have to do is to . . . well first of all I have to find the blog post or
the article that I want to read, and then I’ll just click Read Later button
like this, and boom, it’s saved to my Instapaper account.
Now how is this going to help you with your waiting times if you are
waiting your turn in a bank or in a post office? Well, the coolest thing
with Instapaper is that you can actually download these pages that you have
saved for later reading. You can actually save and export those pages for
your mobile device.
So, for instance, I have an Amazon Kindle device myself. So what I can do
is that I can click Kindle link here on the right side of the page, and it
is actually exporting all those pages that I have saved for later reading.
When this export process is finished, I have the Amazon Kindle compatible
file which I can then copy to my Amazon Kindle device. As you can see, this
particular file was just generated, and this is the file which Amazon
Kindle can then read. All I have to do is just to copy it to my Kindle, and
whenever, for example, if I am going to a bank, I make sure that I have my
Amazon Kindle with me. If I realize that I’ll have to wait for my turn, I
just take my Amazon Kindle and start reading those blog posts that I have
saved for later reading.
So this is the tip that I wanted to tell you this time. I just love
Instapaper. It’s a really great service, and I want you also to check it
out as well. I hope that you found this video valuable and please share it
on Twitter and on YouTube, and I will talk to you soon. Bye.[/spoiler]