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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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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Automatic Text Message Reminders

January 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM (Productivity) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Back from a difficult few weeks.  My dad passed away on December 22.  Back on the productivity trip that I was on before.  The tool I’m talking about today is called Text Reminders.  Text reminders is a free service that enables you to have preplanned text messages sent to you.  You can remind yourself to do anything you want: check the mail, get on task, call so-and-so, etc.  You basically write your reminder, tell it when you want to receive it, and it shows up at the appointed time.  Great service in general.  I have the following message sent to me: “Are you being productive, or just active?”.  Four times per day I get that message and it helps me stay on task and keeps me from procrastinating or wasting time.  Hope it helps you.  Enjoy.

Tim Ferriss 4-Hour Workweek

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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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