At the end of my last post I said this:
Now all I need to do is learn how to get more mileage out of Instapaper.
My excitement over finding ways to integrate Twitter into my daily life caused me to consider the other apps/services that are great in theory but that I otherwise neglect. I have several apps on my iPhone and iPad that I think would be cool because I can do [whatever the app does]. Unfortunately, these apps aren't utilized well in practice. I'm not sure if it's because they're buried in a folder so I forget I have them or I'm just downright lazy. Maybe it's a combination of the two, I don't know. In any case, it's bothersome because a) these are great apps and b) they'd make me more productive. Not to mention more aware of, well, important stuff.
There are three apps which I should use every day but don't:
Instapaper. For the uninitiated, Instapaper is a free service created by Marco Arment that lets you save Web articles to "Read Later". You can read these saved via Instapaper's website or using any iOS device. My problem with (not) using Instapaper is, well, pretty fucked up. There's no reason I shouldn't be using it. I read a lot of blog posts and articles and whatnot throughout the day, and it's really inexcusable that I don't save stuff to read later. This is especially sad considering I read Marco's blog every day and the iOS apps are fantastic, specifically the iPad's.
Reeder. Reeder is a RSS client that syncs with my Google Reader account. It's basically an all-in-one news app. I can get everything from my blogs to MoJo and NPR to ESPN all in one place. Reeder even has Instapaper integration. So why don't I use it more often? Because I'm fucking lazy, that's why. Never mind that I get the same information via my Twitter timeline; the point is I need to take the time and actually read the articles instead of glancing at a bunch of headlines. And, like with Instapaper, Reeder's iOS apps are wonderfully designed. A Mac version is currently in beta as well.
Calendar. As I've mentioned, I'm a MobileMe subscriber. I love it and use every facet of the cloud service except one -- the calendar. I've neglected to use the calendar functionality partly because I don't think my life necessitates using one. Then again, it would be helpful in remembering birthdays, events with friends, school work, and family gatherings. But let's be honest: the only reason i'm even remotely thinking about using a calendar is to try out Fantastical. From the screenshots I've seen and the reviews I've read, this app might be just the thing to push me into actually using a calendar to keep track of shit.
I'm going to try to make a concerted effort to being more productive. I got Twitter to be my friend, after all.