Years ago, a copy of USA Today or the Wall Street Journal was my breakfast companion. Now, my habits are much different as I use several handy apps to deliver custom information on ideas, businesses, and people that matter to me.
These days, I eat breakfast with my iPad or iPhone 6. Here are the pieces of my morning routine.
Feed.ly for Blogs
Feed.ly provides a simple interface to catch up on relevant blog articles. I like the way it serves up blog headlines in bite-sized chunks of about 6 articles to a screen. I can click on the articles if I want to read them. Then, when I’m done, I simply swipe the screen and it marks them as read.
Here are some of the blogs I follow:
- Blog articles that our team writes for copier dealers on topics related to managed services, document management, and office technology.
- Industry Analysts’ blog for a great summary of industry news and ideas.
- Ricoh’s Work Intelligently Blog, one of my favorite blogs for tech-related articles.
- Marketing blogs from Dealer Marketing (shameless plug), Prospect Builder, Inbound, and HubSpot.
Feed.ly also provides social sharing links that make it simple to share articles across all of my social pages.
LinkedIn Pulse for News
LinkedIn’s Pulse app provides a daily digest of articles. I like the way it blends articles from people I follow with articles from thought leaders like Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fast Company. In the mix I also find top news about the world and the markets. Scrolling through this feed gives me a snapshot of the business world and some good ideas in just a few minutes.
LinkedIn Connected for People
The LinkedIn Connect app shows me significant events in the business lives of my connections. Work anniversaries, new jobs, and other important events are queued up in full-screen cards that I can quickly swipe through. A comment link makes it easy for me to chime in with my congratulations. At the end of the daily update, the app makes suggestions for new connections.
In about 15 minutes each day, I’m able to get updated on the ideas, businesses, and people I care about–all while I eat the most important meal of the day!
That’s my breakfast routine. What’s yours?
Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.