Two weeks ago we posted about staying organized and how important it is for a small business (and really, any business!) Read about it here. We got it from a friend, Suzan Czajkowski, from www.thecommcoach.com and we really agreed with a lot of her tips and the need to stay on top of things. After it posted, Peter Ward from our office offered a tip of his own. See what he has to say:
Something I have always struggled with is the perpetual change in the digital and electronic gadgets I use (and love!). I went from a low tech Desk Buddy that inhabited my passenger seat and held pads of paper, files and laptops, to a voice activated phone that does a lot more AND leaves my passenger seat open for, well, passengers.
The change from one format to another is what throws me. I have lost important files and memorable pictures when ditching a desktop for a laptop or switching from one smart phone to another. In addition to this change management conundrum, I struggle with integrating personal and work information. I’d like to say I searched and found an answer to my organizational challenges but in reality I stumbled on this in an article I read online. The article introduced me to a tool I now employ and have tweaked to manage the way I see the world.
Evernote is a great tool for organizing the various notes, pictures, web clippings, voice recordings that accumulate throughout the day. I am able to email or clip web sites into a prescribed folder that I can find later. In essence it is a funnel into which I can toss the things important to me and sort them as I go, or organize later. I use it for storing receipts, birth dates, shirt sizes, notes on business meetings, clips of exercise programs, to-do lists, expenses, directions, client notes, etc., etc., etc!
AND the best part: this information – personal or work – is at my fingertips on my personal laptop, work laptop, smart phone, tablet AND any device I care to log in from! The following are 2 videos that introduced me to Evernote and a blog that really helps it all make sense. This system changed (well, helped to organize) my life! What can it do for yours?
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