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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“Nudity is ok, But Don’t Tell Me About the Value of a Life”

February 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM (Values and Priorities) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is in response to peoples’ response to the Superbowl ads yesterday.  There’s been a lot of buzz about the pro-life ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother for weeks.  The question is, why?  The ad was so light that anyone who was offended is obviously extremely convicted, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the defensive.  Other commercials were so much more offensive, like the fact that the most scantily clad people were men running around in their underwear, the Go Daddy Girls had more clothes on this year.  Come on people.  Which one is really more detrimental to our society, people talking about the value of life, or people running around in their underwear? We need to reestablish our values as a country.  Aristotle said “tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.”  That is our problem, we are so tolerant about what is blatantly wrong, and completely apathetic when people attack what is right.  We’re already losing our country, and this is where it starts, in the little things.

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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 Pain is Encouraged About Americans

January 7, 2010 at 2:13 PM (Lessons From History) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last April Thomas Pain was encouraged with how the Americans responded.  Let us not forget this year the strength we began the last year with.  We need to build on it and be certain that we get our country back.  Listen to our brother’s words, and wake up to see what our country has become.  Then once you see the tragedy that has become America, do something to help us get it back.  God bless.

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Laziness…I’m Tired of It.

October 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM (Productivity) (, , , , , , , )

This time I’m talking about myself.  I’m tired of having lazy spells.  This morning I slept far more than I needed to, and then dilly dallied for another hour.  So what did I get accomplished?  Almost nothing.  That has come to describe the middle of my week for the last couple months: lazy and unproductive.  I’m tired of it.

My place is dirty, I need to write more articles to make my quota for the month, I have various blogs on top of that, and a book to get started on again.  I don’t have time to be lazy.  I seem to lose focus around Wednesday and don’t get it back till Saturday.  I hate this cycle.

Now, I’m not talking about rest in general, although I do wish I didn’t have to sleep.  Rest is a good thing and should be enjoyed.  Many people do not rest adequately enough which is probably why many people are in first or second stage Adrenal Fatigue.  We do need to know how to rest, slow down, calm down, and say “no” to things.

However today I’ve crossed the line from rest into laziness.  It is similar to the line between enjoying your food and gluttony.  The former is fine, but the latter is excessive.

Lord, please help  me to stay focused on the things you have put in front of me.  And not to be like the sluggard.  Thank you Jesus.

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