If you’re like me, you barely have an extra minute to spare when it comes time to do some research or just reading for enjoyment. Some days are so crazy around here that I barely have time to change out of my p.j.’s! Is that a bad thing? Really?
On the journey to becoming more self-reliant and prepared, information is vital, but reading and research take time. Here are five ways to maximize the time that you do have and zero in on specific areas of information, rather than floundering around via Google or slogging through a book that may or may not have the information you’re hoping to find.
- RSS feeds — I talked about how useful RSS feeds can be here. They’re a lot like speed reading through your favorite blog headlines, picking out the ones that sound most interesting, and reading just those. I subscribe to SurvivalCache, SHTFplan, and Survival Common Sense.
- Yahoo groups — These groups are helpful sources of information, and you can be as active as you like. You can also choose to receive group posts by email, by going directly to the group’s website, or by subscribing to the group’s daily digest, a lengthy email containing all the group’s post on a particular day. Some groups you might find interesting are Preserving-Food and CountryLifeandHomesteading.
- Phone apps — Survival information might be as close as your iPhone or other smart phone! Did you know you can access WebMD, first aid and survival manuals, and even an app that allows you to listen in on emergency frequencies? Read this post for more information.
- e-book — Yes, I’m still in love with my Kindle, but any e-book will do. The reason they are great time-savers is because they can hold hundreds of books and can be taken anywhere. It’s rare for me to walk out the door without my Kindle. Why? Because I never know when I’ll have a few extra minutes to get caught up on my favorite blogs or read a few pages of a good survival manual! Or maybe one of the Percy Jackson books.
- Forums — These are especially valuable because they allow you to zero in on specific categories of information, post your own questions, and then receive the answers by email! Some forums you might want to check out are Today’s Survival Show forum and Survivalist Boards.
- That SurvivalMom binder! I hope you’ve been making hard copies of the great resources online. If you have, you probably have reams of articles you want to read, “someday”! Well, keep that binder in your vehicle and take advantage of spare minutes waiting at the dentist’s office, hair salon, or at the coffee shop. This DIY resource guide is personalized to your own interests and needs, making it even more valuable.
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