A few weeks ago I decided I needed to be more productive with my work and how to stop social media being a distraction, I even wrote a post about it last week – 5 Step Plan for Organising your Social Media Usage.
One of the time saving tips I didn’t mention was RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s something I implemented myself a few months ago and it is saving so much time I needed to let you all know.
What is RSS?
If you’re not sure what RSS is or what is does, What is RSS? is a simple explanation from one of my favourite blogger’s Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and this video below is a quick overview if you’d rather not read the whole article.
This explains it really well and will also help you set-up RSS, but I want to explain how I use RSS – in my email software (Outlook).
I follow a number of blogs, it increases all the time when I come across more and more great content. There is no way in the world that I would be able to physically visit all these blogs each day to check for new posts, which means I could potentially miss some useful content. So when I come across a great blog I subscribe by RSS and add it to Google Reader.
I can access Google Reader wherever I am so I can even check my blogs subscriptions on the move. But what I really love about it is I can import my RSS feeds into Outlook and I can check them as I would emails (check the Help section of Google Reader for instructions). It’s become part of my morning routine, I check my emails and then check my blog subscriptions.
I can quickly scroll down the various new posts and see if there are any that I’d like to read. I generally skim read the posts that catch my eye (a tip in my post Reading List Overwhelming You? 6 Tips That Will Help!) and if it looks like I would benefit from reading it properly I assign a category colour to it which I’ve called ‘To Read’. I can then go back to the posts I want to read properly when I get the time.
To get you started here are some of the blogs I subscribe to via RSS and of course you can also subscribe to my blog via RSS too.