Monthly Archives: January 2013

3 Tagging mistakes to avoid in Evernote

Tagging is HARD. Ever since I really started to get to grips with Evernote and use it properly I’ve been conscious that I still haven’t really nailed tagging. I have however made a number of false starts which, now that I’ve fixed them, I thought I’d share. “I still haven’t really nailed tagging. I have […]

Think outside the (mail) Box to achieve Inbox Zero

When I came back to work after the christmas break my inbox had 850 emails in it. Some of these had already been read; several hundred hadn’t. One thing was clear: I had no idea how to process and prioritise this jumbled mess of email. “One thing was clear: I had no idea how to […]

Put “Get Rejected” on your to-do list

I’d like to share a recent rejection experience with you, and why it has been the best thing to happen to my career in the last six months. I’ll spare you the detail, but I decided to apply for a role that I was pretty sure I was under-qualified for. Although I like to think […]

Get rid of your open loops and unchain your brain

When I started this blog I mentioned a certain childish glee I’d felt as a young man reading Getting Things Done and ultimately not “Getting It Done”. My main issues at the time were: A lack of understanding of what poor time management under pressure feels like A lack of understanding of what it feels […]

Is your productivity costing you more than you realise?

© Imagerymajestic Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos When I was young we went on a family holiday to Disney World Florida and my Dad, in the obligatory ‘documentor’ role carted his (huge) camcorder around wherever we went, capturing the ‘magic’ for posterity. “We become so consumed with organising or optimising our lives that […]

How secure is Evernote?

Evernote’s Privacy statement states that: “As a rule, Evernote employees do not monitor or view your personal information or Content stored in the Service, but it may be viewed if we believe our Terms of Service have been violated and confirmation is required, if we need to do so in order to respond to your requests for user support, or we otherwise determine that we have an obligation to review it as described in our Terms of Service.” … There are ways to encrypt specific notes – see How to Encrypt Evernote on a Mac – but I prefer to stick with a global solution Recommendation – Ensure your locals disks/phone have adequate encryption and set a PIN for your Evernote app(s) (premium feature) Summary On the whole I think it’s sensible to take a moderate view on what you send to the cloud in Evernote, and for those documents that are more secure consider either keeping them in an offline notebook on an encrypted volume, or encrypting the document itself before you attach it to your note.

Google isn’t the problem; you are

© Fotum | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos I really enjoy Bojan’s posts on Alpha Efficiency, and his recent mini series on Going Cold Turkey on Google got me thinking about all things privacy, enough so to make me wander off-topic and pull together this post. I’m not pro-state-controlled databases, nor am I […]

Using Hazel to kick start your Doxie workflow

Last year I made a personal commitment to achieve a step change in my personal productivity and to make a serious effort to go as paperless as possible. To support this goal I bought a Doxie Go scanner to enable me to start processing my seemingly endless influx of paper in a way that was […]

Doxie 2.3 software for Mac review: A smart app but there’s still some room for improvement

Update 8th January: I have updated the review following some helpful information from those lovely people at Doxie.  Thanks Doxie! I’d like to start by saying that I love my Doxie Go. Since I bought it in November it hasn’t been far from reach either at home or at work. On a daily basis I […]

What will Nozbe’s “Game Changer” be?

as a big fan of Nozbe, I posted a while ago about Nozbe’s impending updates to its iOS and Android applications (which appear to have been delayed, by my calculation) and noted that given I never use the web app I had some reservations about the stated intention to make the desktop and mobile apps […]