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All you need to know about saved searches in Evernote

My previous post described how you can use Evernote shortcuts to quickly access saved searches. I neglected to explain how to create a saved search though. Today I’ll run through all you need to know about saved searches. And since I’ve kept you hanging, I’ll throw in a couple of bonus search tips too. Evernote’s powerful search tools find text in notes and attachments, and can even recognise text in photos. You can also save your searches for faster access the next time you need them. This is handy for searches you repeatedly use, and for recalling complex search expressions....

How to open your most useful Evernote content with one click

How to open your most useful Evernote content with one click

Though my Evernote account stores thousands of notes, there are a handful that I refer to repeatedly. Shortcuts are the fastest way I’ve found to zoom between these frequently accessed notes, notebooks, tags and searches. You can recall items from your Shortcut list with one click or keystroke — even complex search commands. Shortcuts also synchronize to your mobile devices so you can use them where ever you are. Here’s a few examples from my Evernote database: @Inbox links to my default notebook. I jump to this view often, so it’s at the top of my Shortcuts list. Weekly review...

MindNode 2 for Mac

MindNode 2 for Mac review — a fantastic mind mapping tool

I started using mind maps years ago and found them particularly useful for planning projects, brainstorming, and planning written work. MindNode 2‘s predecessor, MindNode Pro, made it easy to create stylish mind maps, but there were a couple of features which I felt the product was missing. Before I switched to Mac I used Mindjet MindManager. It’s a richly featured mind mapping application but became more complex with each update. It’s also one of the more expensive alternatives and included a host of features I had no occasion to use. Mind maps are thinking tools to help organize your ideas,...

Scan handwritten notes with Carbo

First look: Carbo — handwriting in the digital age

Carbo sounds like a diet or nutrition app, but Creaceed’s new offering bridges paper-based capture and digital manipulation of your ideas. Some apps use a stylus (or finger) to write on a tablet. But writing on a sheet of glass is much less satisfying than using a quality notebook and pen. Carbo focuses on capturing, editing, organizing and sharing notes from paper or a whiteboard. It lets you keep using your favorite analog tools and digitize the content for sharing or use in other digital tools. Capturing Image capture works well but Carbo has a way to go to match...

Scannable: mobile scanning made easy

Scannable became a part of my workflow shortly after its release by Evernote Corporation earlier this year. In contrast to Evernote’s ever-expanding feature set, Scannable does one job well. This free mobile scanning solution captures documents and dispatches them to your favourite cloud storage service. At the time of writing, Scannable is only available for iOS 8 and higher. An Evernote account is not required. Overview Scannable activates the camera when the application launches so you can get straight down to business. The application detects document edges when you hold your mobile device above a page. Image capture, cropping and...

Molecover: a stylish leather Moleskine notebook cover

Molecover review: a stylish leather Moleskine notebook cover

A large, hardcover Moleskine notebook is my weapon of choice for capturing notes and ideas. Before switching to a notebook I used a Franklin Covey planner for many years. It was huge, but it had pockets and sleeves for just about anything you might want to carry. A notebook with a single rear pocket felt really restrictive at first. So I went looking for a leather cover which provided some extra storage without being bulky. Enter Molecover. Molecover is a simple but stylish leather cover for Moleskine notebooks. Covers are available in black, tan or white for large and pocket-sized...

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Mac convert tip #5: Fix Finder frustrations with XtraFinder

The smallest things can sometimes cause the greatest friction. It’s a very close call as to which Finder “feature” is responsible for the most expletives since I switched to Mac about six months ago. The contenders are: using return to rename files instead of opening them; and alphabetical sorting which mixes folders together with files. I prefer the Windows approach of displaying folders ahead of any files. Thankfully, a recent discovery has resolved both these frustrations. Perhaps it’s just conditioning from using Windows for so long, but grouping folders together ahead of files makes more sense to me. Judging by...

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The secret formula for successful change

In order to flourish, people and organisations must change and adapt. Beckhard and Gleicher’s change formula not only helps you plan for successful change, but provides a way to diagnose the source of resistance during a change process. The change formula is: D × V × F > R Where: D is the level of dissatisfaction with the current state V is vision for the future F is the understanding of achievable first steps toward the vision R is resistance to the change Change requires us to get out of our comfort zone which means there is inevitably some level...

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How to apply the project success criteria

Last time I talked about the seven project success criteria. Now let’s look at how to put it to work. Ask 10 different stakeholders what success means to them and you’ll probably find 15 different answers. This tool provides a simple method for stakeholders to express what can otherwise be difficult to convey. It’s then possible to have a discussion about the views of different groups and move toward a common understanding of success among stakeholders. The process You can use this process with any project stakeholders. Even if you do it with no one else, use it with the...