3 tools to increase the quality and quantity of your reading
In a recent article titled Internal Audit Leaders Must Be Readers (part 1 of 3), I discussed the many benefits of reading including increased intelligence, improved communication skills and stress relief.
None can deny the positive impact of reading. Time is probably one of the biggest obstacles to more and better reading. Before the digital revolution, it was necessary to subscribe to many different publications and hope that at least one contained enough items of interest to warrant your time and monetary investment. Thanks to modern technology, there are tools and services that allow you to find, store, sort and filter content for immediate online viewing or later perusal. This article is part 2 of a 3 part series discussing tools to help you become more efficient readers. So, without further ado, the tools:
This free (yes I said free) service allows you to subscribe to websites and blogs without disclosing your email address. It then allows you to categorize and sort items based on your personal preferences. It is like having your own personal news aggregation service. There is also the ability to mark items read, unread or favorite. You can also share content with friends. It can be accessed via the web and there are smartphone apps. You can access your news wherever you are.
So let’s set up your first Google Reader account (or subscribe to That Audit Guy):
- Go to www.google.com/reader
- Login or create a new google account, then login
- Click the red subscribe button on the left hand side (see screen shot below)
- Type in www.thatauditguy.com
- You can now browse articles and add new sites (see screen shot below)
- Sign into (or get a) Google account.
- Go to alerts.
- Type in your keywords.
- Wait for the articles to come (see screen print below)
You can also change the frequency of alerts to fit your need (see screen shot below)
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