Pocket may be our favourite read-it-later app, and Evernote is a great digital filing cabinet (if you make good use of it). Use them together, however, and you can have a more organised system for saving everything you want to read or refer to later.
Writer Jamie Todd Rubin explains why and how to do this. Clipping everything to Evernote makes it hard to sift through all of your notes as well as the stuff you clipped. It not only clutters up Evernote, it makes it harder to search when there are web clippings you plan on discarding after reading.
The solution is to dump all of the clippings from the web, Twitter and your RSS reader to Pocket. Pocket makes it easy to check off the things you’ve read. Then, if you want to save the article for future reference, send it to Evernote. This way, Evernote becomes more of a long-term storage tool.
Rubin uses the “send to” button in Pocket to direct articles to Evernote, but I use this IFTTT recipe to quickly send articles I’ve starred in Pocket to the main Evernote notebook, which I can sort later.
Of course, you can do this with any read-it-later app. While it may seem like overkill to use two clipping services, it really helps when you save lots of articles that you might not necessarily want to keep around forever.
Going Paperless: My Process for Keeping Evernote Clutter-Free [Jamie Todd Rubin]