Increasing Workflow via Evernote

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In that TEDx Talks video, David Allen talks about the art of stress free productivity.  We all get stressed from things that life throws at us.  So we were posed with a task of taking a moment to become more productive and organized; we were told to simply take care of something that would allow us to be more productive.

I thought I did not really need anything else to help with my organization; I think of myself as a very organized person.  I also swear by my DropBox and would honestly be lost without it.  I have it downloaded on my laptop, iPad, iPhone, and school computer; I no longer have to share documents with myself or worry about flash drives.  So what other applications or web outlets could I use for organization?

Well many of my fellow MAET colleagues use Evernote, so why not give it a try.  I was apprehensive at first, but once I watched the tutorial and played around with the app, I was sold.

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With the application installed on my computer, I was able to a notebook for a specific thing, like MAET, and then pages of notes in each notebook.  I was able to organize them with tags and dates.   I was able to instantly drop photos and voice recordings in with my notes.  I think what really sold me on Evernote was that it has a small icon up top in which I am able to type quick notes and access them again later.  I found this wonderful when I am doing reading and I can type in the small box while I am reading and then look at it later.  I can also quote and copy it into the box too.  With the icon up top there’s a screenshot feature and a voice recording feature too.  I can now officially become a better note taker.

The iPhone/ iPad app I was unable to play with as much, but I am glad to know that I can access it on the go and write notes on the go that will sync later when I have internet access.

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