In case you missed it, in the last post I shared how I was able to save hours of time and increase my productivity through using the OneTab browser extension.
Here’s a few bonus tips you can use when creating long form content.
Let’s say you are writing an article that’s 1200 or even 5000 words, or a short ebook.
Perhaps you’d like to construct the document in your browser using Google Docs, or use the Word Processor on your computer, and simultaneously be able to quickly reference the several dozen tabs you have open.
Maybe you want to be able to link to research. Or perhaps you’re doing quick edits using your browser.
Depending on what your needs are, you have several options.
Option One: Open all the relevant tabs, then use the main OneTab page
OneTab will save all the tabs that are open to the master page with one click. If you only have the pages you need open, you can now access each tab as you need it from the OneTab page.
Plus if you’re not sure if you need to reference a document again, you can simply send some pages back to OneTab one at a time to save them for later.
I discovered over time that since I save all my tabs to OneTab like your typical pack rat, if I needed to go back and reference the same list of links later in the day, it was easy to lose track of my links if I wasn’t careful
That brings us to options two and three.
Option Two: Save your relevant open tabs as a group then name, star or lock them in place.
OneTab has features that allows you to
- Save several list of tabs as a group
- Name the group so you can remember what it was for
- Star the group to prioritize it over other groups or make it easier to find
- Lock a group so it remains in the same place on the page
I find this really useful for launching my browser to the same group of tabs, bundling research for different projects, and comparing information from different links until I find the one I want to reference.
But what if the long form content you’re creating is an ongoing project that will take several weeks, such as screencast videos, slides and ebooks or a Udemy course? How will you keep from losing that group of tabs you saved in the long library of pages you’ve saved to OneTab?
Don’t worry. I got you.
You can also share each group as a webpage as needed. This is super handy if you need to work in across multiple browsers.
For example, I like to start my research in Firefox, since Chrome can be a memory hog (until lately allegedly). However, I prefer to write in Google Docs in Chrome.
So once my outline is done, and I’ve gathered my initial sources in Firefox, I save all my Tabs as a webpage and move them over to Chrome.
Any tabs you save as a group you can share just that group as a unique web page. The web page created is unique, and is open to public view. Here’s one I made of some recent posts to my personal blog.
When you’re done with the group, you can delete it. And of course if you never share the link, no one else can use it. This makes work easier when you’re ghostwriting and want to share a list of reference links, or truly any collaboration you’re doing.
I’ve also found it helpful when my OneTab list gets too long and I have trouble finding things, or if I’m changing from the laptop to the tablet.
Any time the list goes over 1000, I share the links as a webpage, export so I have a back up, then delete my entire OneTab.
Then I simply send my current saved page back to OneTab so I can reference it later. Instead of 1000 links loading on the main OneTab page, there’s one page with the last 1000 links and the new list I’m making.
Of course, if you have groups, this blows the groupings away, though the order is preserved. So you may want to share each group separately. Then you could open each as a shared web page, and save each one into your fresh OneTab collection.
Next time, the productivity tips that are allowing me to run my full time business on 15 hours a week instead of 60.