Friday Favorites: Evernote

Friday Favorites: Evernote

One of the tools I have been using a lot lately is Evernote. Evernote the the tool I use to capture all of my notes, web pages I want to refer back to, ideas that I have, client notes, lists, and more. I even use a Livescribe pen and sync my notes to a notebook in Evernote. Evernote even has apps for your other devices and they all sync the content together. Everything is available and searchable everywhere.

I came across the following video about using the different features of Evernote. Included is one of the features I use most, the web clipper. I use this to curate web pages that Google Alerts tell me about. This video is done by Francesco D’Alessio  of Keep Productive and Nora Conrad.

If you use Evernote, what is your favorite feature? If you do not use Evernote, why not give it a try?

 

Lets Process This!

Lets Process This!

Do you know what a process is? Did you know processes are not just a business thing, we live life doing processes each and every day. In my world, they are all about your business, in a students world they are all about studying, learning and living life.

I found this article that traces the history of how the process became known. It’s pretty interesting and is what actually came to be used to create the first production line. Processes can be traced all the way back to 1700’s in a pin factory. They designed a way to  make a pin, it involves 18 people.

As this article states,

Why should we care about how many people it takes make the pins, or how many steps are in the process? Well, Smith found that by creating a process and assigning the steps to individual specialists, productivity increased 24,000%.

How can implementing processes improve your business? Let me know what you think?

 

How much time is multitasking costing you?

How much time is multitasking costing you?

How many times have you bragged about how good of a multitasker you are? I know I am not alone. You can admit it. Only you and I will know your secret weapon!

In all seriousness, I always thought I was great at multitasking and I was getting so much more done. However, I never really realized the impact that that multitasking could and would have on my work. I had read articles about the impact of doing too many things at one time. It could cause you to make more errors than normal, more stress during the time as well as a loss of productivity.

I never believed it until a business coach, Michelle Demers of Coworking Clubs had a group of us do an experiment. It opened my eyes. Watch this video I created and do the experiment yourself.

After this experiment, I learned that I was not doing my best work when I was multitasking. It was actually costing me to multitask as my work was taking more time rather than less.

In this article by Kristy, a guest blogger on A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, she discusses 7 Reasons Why Multitasking Is Not The Answer. Which of these reasons resonate with you?

What are your thoughts about multitasking? Please comment below and let us know. Also post your experiment results. It will be interesting to see how we are all affected.

 

Too much on your plate? Find the best way to prioritize your tasks.

Too much on your plate? Find the best way to prioritize your tasks.

Too much to do and not enough time? Here is a great way to figure out how to get the most important things done first without forgetting the rest of them? A productivity tip from President Eisenhower could give you the help you need.

With all of these priorities whizzing around your brain simultaneously, it’s hard to actually tackle any of them. The anxiety of not knowing where to start is leaving you in a state of analysis paralysis.

This article introduces the Eisenhower Matrix and how you can use Trello to organize your tasks to get them all done without leaving anything behind.

How do you handle prioritizing your tasks?

 

Where to Begin to Systematize Your Business

Where to Begin to Systematize Your Business

Systematizing is not that difficult, but it does take some time, evaluation, reviews, meetings and more. However, once it’s done, you can follow a step by step process to get it down. In fact, YOU will no longer need to get it done. You can delegate it to someone else. They will get it done exactly the same as you did!

Sounds pretty cool right? Deciding where and how to start requires you review your day to day business. What are some things that you do that are repetitive. These are things that you do, daily, weekly, monthly, but are the same task all the time.

Your systems may be in the area of onboarding clients, onboarding contractors or employees, customer support, social media, there are so many tasks that can be systematized. This SweetProcess blog post talks about the best areas of your business to systematize first.

Let me know what you think! Where will you start?