Nuclear submarines are complicated, but they exist.
So how do we create things that are complicated? Start by making them easy.
- Make it small in your mind. It’s not life or death. Relax.
- Break it down. Create steps to break down the complicated whole.
- Ship. Put it out into the world so you can learn from it and then make it better.
Evernote allows you to create notes by sending an email to your unique Evernote email address. It’s a great feature, if you know when and how to use it.
Locate your unique email address and add it to your email contacts. This is unique to your account. If anyone else has it, they too can create notes in your account. Go to https://www.evernote.com/Settings.action to find your unique email address.
Adjust the subject line of the message you’re forwarding. It becomes the title of your note.
Add tags and send the note to a specific folder by adding the following characters to the subject line of the email. # + tag name or @ + notebook name.
Chick-Fil-A Bfast Meeting with Pierce @Financial #receipts #takepermission
Here are ten creative and useful ways to use this feature and tag suggestions:
How many times have you received a compliment via email? It’s a wonderful feeling. Save those affirmations for the days when you feel like a miserable bum.
Tags: affirmation, pickmeup, irock
- Blogging Topics
The next time someone asks you a question via email, you can reply as you usually do but also send it to Evernote adding a tag that reminds you that it’s a great blogging topic.
Tags: blogtopic, FAQ
- Cultivate a Weekly Newsletter
Weekly newsletters that have multiple articles are a great way to add value to your subscribers. Evernote is the perfect place to keep track of interesting articles you read. You can then search through them once a week to create a value-packed newsletter.
Tags: newslettersource, newsletter, cultivate
- Track Feature Updates
You’re busy, so you don’t read all of the emails you get about feature updates for your software. Send them to your Evernote to review when you have more time so you get the most out of your software.
Tag: software, updates, readlater
- Digital receipts
You can always take a picture of your receipt and add it to your Evernote account, but many of your receipts are digital so forward them into your account for safe keeping.
Tags: receipt, business, expense
- Family Fun
If you get newsletters from museums, zoos, your library or other family-focused organizations you can forward those to your Evernote so the next time you’re wondering what to do with the family, it’s in your Evernote!
Tags: family, activities, kids, community
- Track Prospective Clients
When you interact with a potential client, you can track all of the communications with them by forwarding them into your Evernote.
Tags: prospect, lead
- Listener Feedback
If you have a podcast or on-line, show that audience members give you feedback about then Evernote is a great place to store that feedback for future reference. You can read the feedback live on a future show or study it to make the changes they suggest.
Tags: feedback, changes, podcast, criticism, critique
- Marriage Improvement
My wife and I want to stay married forever, so we work to maintain our relationship through healthy friendships with other married couples, reading books on marriage, attending counseling when necessary, and listening to marriage podcasts together. Forwarding newsletters or articles from your favorite news app into Evernote can be good for your marriage. Try it.
Tags: marriage, love, counseling, Sara (or your spouse’s name)
- Track Wisdom
There are times you open an email and it’s full of wisdom. It’s not something you’re going to blog about right away, but you just KNOW that it’s something you want to keep handy in case you need it someday. Put it in Evernote. I do this with about 10% of Seth Godin’s blog posts, which I get via email every morning.
Tags: wisdom, deepthoughts
You didn’t think about dying today. There was no urgency because it’s just another day.
You woke up and went about your life like you do every other day. You let your grass grow taller, the car go unwashed, your kids go without a good conversation with their mom or dad and weeks without truly connecting with the people you love most.
How can we waste so much time but never be bored? How are we wasting our lives?
We waste our lives 1-second at a time.
[Tweet “We waste our lives 1-second at a time.”]
Today Instagram (owned by Facebook) announced a new app called Boomerang. I’m not linking to it in this post because I don’t want you to download it. You can now create and post 1-second videos. My parent’s generation put a man on the moon. My generation built an app to post 1-second looping video clips.
Please don’t. Please don’t take the time to create 1-second videos. If you think it’s not harmful I disagree. You don’t get the time back that it takes to capture that “perfect second”.
You can waste your life.
You can waste your life being distracted by the endless options to talk about life instead of living it.
[Tweet “You can waste your life being distracted by the endless options to talk about life instead of living it. “]
I waste massive portions of my life and I’m tired of it. Aren’t you tired of it too?
Your life is too important to spend it making 1-second videos.
[Tweet “Your life is too important to spend it making 1-second videos.”]
How do we waste so much time?
Open tabs in your browser.
They waste your life, 1-second, 140 characters or one filtered picture at a time. They don’t have control though, you do.
It’s ok to create digital content but are you using it as an outlet for a life you’re living or as a substitute for living a good life?
Not all things that are permissible are beneficial.
Skip the app. Do something that matters with those minutes because that 1-second app takes a lot longer than 1-second to use.
Read a book that makes you think. Listen to your heart and ask yourself how healthy it is. Ask your spouse about the condition of their heart. Call someone to encourage them. Anyone, about anything.
We get one life. Don’t waste it on 1-second videos.