Productivity Tool of the Week: The World’s Greatest Note-Taking Tool

February 15, 2010 at 6:00 AM (Productivity) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I’m still a little on my productivity kick from going through the 4-Hour Workweek, so here’s my productivity tool of the week (don’t know how long this will last).

Evernote is a great tool that can help compile your thoughts and ideas in a safe and secure place.  Everyone should know that when you get an idea that you want to remember then you should write it down immediately.  But not everyone has a pen and paper available all the time.  Evernote is simple, and can be accessed from any computer with internet access, or almost any smartphone.  Simply log onto your account, open whatever notebook you want to add your note to, and write it out.

The benefits of using Evernote include being able to organize your notes into categories (called notebooks).  For example I have a notebook called American Resurgence Blogs where I write down anything I want to remember about blog posts and ideas.

You can also store images on Evernote, like things you see that you want to buy.  Simply take a picture on your smartphone, and send it to Evernote.

Evernote is also searchable.  After you’ve been using it for a while you will probably have quite a collection of notes.  It might end up being more difficult to find what you’re looking for.  In the top-right part of the screen you can enter into the search bar what you are looking for and it will search through your notes and bring any of them that contain what you’re looking for to the front of your screen.

This is just a sample of the benefits of using a program like Evernote.  It can be very organized, and can be accessed from any computer in the world with internet access.  It is a very useful tool for remembering idea that comes your way. 

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33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity

February 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM (Productivity) (, , , , , , , , )

Was doing some reading today and came across this post on a fellow blogger’s site.  It actually has three volumes to this post (for a total of 99 rules), many are very helpful, some are not practical but funny.  Worth the 5 minutes to look them over though.  Enjoy my friends. God Bless

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity Volume 1

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity Volume 2

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity Volume 3

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The iPad, Stop Whining People

February 5, 2010 at 4:00 AM (Gadgets) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Many people know about Apple’s new product: the iPad.  There’s been a lot of buzz around this new product, including a lot of negative press about it.  Well, here’s my two cents about the problems people keep citing with the iPad.

1. Multitasking.  A lot of people are complaining that you can’t multitask with the iPad.  Here’s the problem: you’re not supposed too.  How many of us still don’t have enough RAM on our computer because we’re running 5 different programs and have 37 different websites open at one time?  The idea of limiting the multitasking capability is, in my humble opinion, a good thing: you will be better able to focus on what you’re doing, and won’t sacrifice the speed of the device.  “But I can’t listen to Pandora and write my essay at the same time,” some people whine.  Then use the iPod feature and load some music, not that hard, and that is what it’s designed for. For me, simplicity is a plus.

2. No Flash.  This is a good point.  This has been one of the biggest annoyances with my iPhone.  At least half my writing is done through websites that use Flash which means I can’t use my phone to write if I need to.  And there aren’t usually app’s for me to use instead.

3. Not light?  It only weigh’s about a pound and a half, and it’s far lighter than any other computer. How weak are you?  Go do some curls with your Barbi and Ken weights.

4. Not easy on the eyes.  This is also a valid point.  The screen is not meant to be looked at for too long, as your eyes may quickly fatigue.  Here’s the quick fix, don’t stare at it for too long.  Look away every couple of minutes at something farther away.

5. The keyboard gives no visual cue (I kid you not).  I actually read this one.  Someone was stating that they missed the visual cue that the iPhone/iTouch gives when you type a letter (it gets bigger above where you touch when you hit a letter).  Unlike a keyboard where you can feel the keys move, or the iPhone, the iPad doesn’t give you any cue that you typed a letter.  Here’s my quick fix, look at the space where you are typing, not at your fingers.  That is what you’re supposed to do anyways.  You don’t look at your fingers when you type on your computer do you?  I hope you’ve broken yourself of that habit.

6. No camera.  Seriously, do you really want a 10 inch camera?

7. No USB, or DVD drive.  This is something that Apple should have handled immediately.  I anticipate there will be external versions, but it should have been handled properly to begin with.

and last, but not least:

8. The name, another valid point.  It is obvious the kind of comedy that is going to come out of this name, Apple could have done better, but odds are we’d have made fun of whatever name they chose, that’s just how we are.

Overall I think it’s going to be a great product (I’m saving for mine right now).  The question you have to ask is: what do you want it to do?  If you want something to run your 25 different applications simultaneously, sorry.  But if you’re wanting something for internet, writing, a portable computer for taking to classes, etc. I think it’ll work for most people.  And here’s something to consider: if the people want it, then Apple will deliver.  When the people screamed for cut and paste on their iPhone, Apple delivered.  Apple has given us portable video on our iPods, the best phone on the market, great computers, and if there’s something that the people want, Apple will make it happen.

Is the iPad the perfect product?  No, course none of the Apple products are.  Will it be an effective new tool for our world?  In my opinion, yes.  God bless.

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What are you really afraid of?

February 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM (Lessons From History, Productivity) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The above is a short lecture from Tim Ferriss called Practical Pessimism.  It gives you a couple practical tools to help you face your fears, and most often you realize that you’ve been making a mountain out of a mole-hill.  I would recommend that you watch the video, and attempt the tools that it puts forth.  The quality of your life can depend on it. 5 minutes of your time, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Thomas Paine Tries to Stimulate America

October 31, 2009 at 10:50 AM (Lessons From History) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Thomas Paine returns to our time to help rally people together to help save our country.  The greatest stimulus package ever would be for the United States citizens to bring back the Constitution.  The Constitution, and Jesus Christ are what our country was founded on and we have removed both.  And as a result, our country has been in decline ever since.  Take back your country and listen to this voice from our past.

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The End of the Recession?

October 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM (economy) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This morning I open my Blastoff page (a great service, check it out on my link to the right) and the news pops up.  I see the following heading: “Economy grows in 3Q, signals end of recession”.  What a freakin load of BS.  This recession is not anywhere near over.  In fact it is on its way to a DEPRESSION.  One single number grows a little bit and they point the spotlight on it and say everything is hunky dory.  What a load of crap.

Look at the unemployment rate.  IT’S STILL GOING UP!  On top of that the numbers have been sugar coated.  We see this number 9.8% but that doesn’t include people who are chronically unemployed (they’ve been unemployed for a long time) or people who are underemployed (part time looking for full time, people who’ve had a reduction in hours or pay).  By the time the recession ends that number will be upwards of 75%.

Also look at the value of the dollar.  It keeps going down.  And we keep printing more, and more and we aren’t going the right direction.

The fact is that we are in this for at least another year or two. I’ve been talking with a client who works for PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) which has a regional monopoly.  They’re about to have some layoffs.  Monopolies are having layoffs too.  Things are bad and they haven’t hit the bottom yet.

What can you do?  The best things you could do is reduce your output, pay off debt, and if possible increase your income.  I will post more information on those in the coming weeks.  Do not lose heart, you will make it through this, its just not going to be over as soon as we’d like.  Keep faith and God Bless.

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