Accomplishing a lot of work is easier and more pleasant when you have the right tools and systems in place.
I thought I'd share with you two of my favorite productivity tools.
1Password is software that stores your passwords securely on your computer. Its name comes from the fact that you only need a single password to access all of your other passwords.
1Password generates high-security, difficult-to-remember passwords or allows you to enter your own. It also stores your identity and credit card information so that when you purchase something online, you just ask 1Password to fill in the blanks. I love this feature and I love this product!
If you've taken my Get Organized class or one of my recent workshops, you've undoubtedly heard me rave about Evernote. I don't know if I can adequately explain the brilliance of this program, but let me try. In Alysonese . . .
Think of Evernote as an electronic filing cabinet. You have files with topics (Evernote calls them Notebooks) to which you can add e-notes, text you “clip” from the Internet, pictures, and more.
Let's say you're researching on the Internet for a new body of work. You're clicking on this Web page and that document and finding all sorts of good material. In the past, you'd print that out and put it in a paper file.
From the page, simply highlight the text you want to clip, and click on the Evernote icon at the top of the browser. Evernote asks which notebook to add the clip to, adheres the URL (this is great for later attribution), and voilà! It's organized for when you need it.
What I like best about e-filing with Evernote is the search function. I can quickly pull up a note with the help of tags, keywords, and titles. And I love that it syncs to my iPhone.
See free and paid versions on the Evernote site.
I'm told that Microsoft's One Note is comparable to Evernote, so check that out first if it's already installed on your computer.
There's much more that I'd like to share with you – including a quick Evernote video – in the Get Organized class, which begins one week from today. See if it's for you.
Whatever tools you choose to increase your productivity, don't get caught up in the technology. Make sure they are easy to use, quick to learn, and aren't more complicated than what you need.
Chime in with your productivity tips and concerns.