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Connected Data Transporter: Secure Online-Accessible File Storage | Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog

Speaking of cool devices, here’s one introduced by Paperless guru Brooks Duncan over at his Documentsnap.com blog: it’s the Terminator, no the Enterprise, no the Transporter:

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It is a hardware device that you plug in to your router, and it gives you secure online file accessibility without having your data on third party servers. Everything lives in your home or office.

via Connected Data Transporter: Secure Online-Accessible File Storage | Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog.

 

 

I’ve been using Dropbox and exterior hard-drives for my backups, but this looks like it would be an improvement on those 2. If only they (or something like them) were available in Japan.


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Cool way to carry your digital crap

Here’s what I’ve been using:

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This doesn’t even include my 2 iPods which I use in class sometimes to calm me down play English songs for students.

I also carry this pocket inside the bag I carry into the classroom. It doesn’t include my iPad2, tho.

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Then the other day, I saw, on another teacher’s desk,  this A4-sized black mat filled with white iPad cables and other digital stuff. A little tag on the side said GRID-IT.

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I had to get one.  Actually, I got this Grid-it which includes a case for an iPad. Here’s a plain vanilla one on sale at Amazon Japan (I’m an Amazon affiliate). They are just so cool. I think I’ll keep mine in the box and just take it out at night and fill it up with stuff, maybe fire up a little devotional incense stick or two…. Maybe I’ll get me one of these?

 


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How to Live a Messy, Unorganized, Flawed, Magical, Dream Life | DEG Consulting

Super-organized Dan Gold who uses Evernote and Springpad to help him Get Things Done and wrote an ebook about it and another one for Springpad has a blog and has recently started a podcast, has invited guest poster Michelle to write something on his blog. What does she write about? How to Live a Messy, Unorganized, Flawed, Magical Dream Life.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a children’s book author and illustrator. I have a dream life. I often refer to my life as ‘magical.’ I travel all over the country doing school visits, talking to children and selling my books. When my books got published 2 years ago, I quit my job as a full-time graphic designer so that I could promote and sell them. When I quit, The Husband was um, let’s go with slightly Read: VERY nervous about it. An income stream he could count on goes in the category of ‘things that put my husband in his happy place’ and publishing is not an industry known for providing a stable income.

This June it will be two years since quitting and I am happy THRILLED to report that I have doubled my income…

Read the rest on Dan Gold’s blog: How to Live a Messy, Unorganized, Flawed, Magical, Dream Life | DEG Consulting.

these are the top things that work in my life – in no particular order:

The list includes nothing original, but perhaps they all bear repeating. For my money, the first and the last items on her list are the most important. If you got the others on the list but not these two, not sure you’d have a lasting happiness.

1.  I follow my heart. I do not waste time on things that don’t feel right or do not resonate with me. If I try something and it just isn’t working? I stop doing it. I trust my  gut when I know enough is enough and it just isn’t working. Once I quit my job, I swore I would not ever do things that I did not love and was not passionate about. Life is too short. (Quick side note: I worked 10 years nights and weekends on researching publishing, honing my craft, getting rejected ELEVENTY-BILLION times before I got published. I guess what I am saying is, when I quit, I had paid my dues.)

11.I am grateful. I constantly say out loud how grateful and thankful I am for this life. It rocks. It really does. But it can be gone tomorrow. Part of it or all of it. So I am not willing to waste a minute not enjoying it and living it to its fullest. I certainly don’t know how much time I have left on this earth, so I live my life at 100% and am grateful for every second I get to have.

Read the whole thing on Dan Gold’s blog: How to Live a Messy, Unorganized, Flawed, Magical, Dream Life | DEG Consulting.


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Going Paperless: My Virtual Bookcases in Evernote | Jamie Todd Rubin

 

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Since coming across Jamie Todd Rubin’s great collection of blog posts on using Evernote to go paperless, I’ve been plowing through his articles and putting many of his workflows into practice, such as automating things with IFTTT, and his brilliant suggestion of creating a digital version of your house.

Well, here’s another one. If you are like Rubin and me (note the subtle association there; next, I’ll be using his first name), and have tons of books, and can’t always remember whether you have a book or not (and if you have, where it is), then this is for you. Tomorrow, I’m packing my digital camera and will get started on creating my virtual bookcase in Evernote.

Some time back, I wrote a Going Paperless post called “Creating a Digital Version of Your House” in which I described how I use tools like Skitch and Penultimate to capture floor plans and measurements around the house that might be useful to have when I am away–say at the hardware store. While I was away on my Internet vacation, it occurred to me, as I was measuring my bookshelves, that it might be equally useful to have a digital version of my bookshelves in Evernote. With something like 1,100 books, I can’t always remember if I happen to have a particular book or not, and it might be useful to have a quick reference.

… I know there are database systems out there for keeping track of books, and I’ve tried many of them but they are too time consuming for me. It occurred to me that, thanks to Evernote’s ability to identify text in images and allow you to search that text, an “image library” of my books might be just the trick.

My process for doing this was pretty simple, and highly dependent on Evernote to do much of the work for me. For those who want to reproduce my results, here’s what to do:

Read more at Going Paperless: My Virtual Bookcases in Evernote | Jamie Todd Rubin.

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Introducing The Productive Life Show Podcast! – DEG Consulting | DEG Consulting

Dan Gold, author of the $5 guides to GTD and Evernote (13,000+ copies sold in 12 months) and a similar guide to Springpad + GTD (both of which I sell on this site as Dan’s affiliate) has started his own podcast:

Today is a great day. I can finally announce a new project I have been working on since November: my new podcast called The Productive Life Show, where we’ll be focusing in on topics like Evernote, productivity, GTD, and occasionally figure out yet another way to pronounce the word “Moleskine“.

Dan will present the podcast with Andy Traub,

“a professional podcaster, owns The Take Permission Media Network, authored the book that changed some of my own habits, Early to Rise, and also created some really outstanding video tutorials such as Become an Evernote Expert and Fix My Inbox.”

Dan links to Michael Hyatt who also has a productivity (and leadership) podcast. Hyatt uses a neat WordPress plugin called SpeakPipe which allows viewers to click and send a voice message.

Watch the video to see the free bonuses available to subscribers to the podcast.

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How Evernote and Postachio.io helps you create awesome websites – DEG Consulting | DEG Consulting

Dan Gold hosts a guest post on the subject of yet-another-useful-app, Postach.io. Even granting that he uses guest posts, Dan Gold still manages to not only blog about but also actually try out a remarkable number of new apps. His appetite is (apparently) insatiable. How he finds the time is beyond me. Anyway, here’s Philippe Demoulin on Postach.io

Postach.io is a blog service which use notes stored in your Evernote for publishing on a blog. This service is in beta but already offers a simple but still great way to automatically publish and maintain a blog.

read more on How Evernote and Postach.io helps you create awesome websites – DEG Consulting | DEG Consulting.

Update: Fiction writer Jamie Todd Rubin, who by the way has an excellent collection of articles on going paperless which includes lots of examples of how he uses Evernote, does not use Evernote for the actual creative writing, not even his blog posts. But he does use Evernote for planning.Read more at: Going Paperless: 4 Ways To Use Evernote for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

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Evermanic Creates Repeatable Evernote Note Profiles | Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog

Paperless master Jamie Todd Rubin wrote about how he uses TextExpander rather than using Evernote templates. Recently, Brooks Duncan blogged about Evermanic, a tool that allows the user to create “repeatable templates” for Evernote.

There are lots of quick ways to capture notes to Evernote when you are on the go, but the problem is they are usually unstructured.

You can capture the notes quickly, but then later you need to name and possibly tag them.

I was recently contacted by the folks at Cloudmanic about their new tool Evermanic that promises to solve this: you can create repeatable templates for Evernote, and then use them to quickly create named, tagged notes on your mobile device going forward.

The Cloudmanic folks threw me a review copy of Evermanic so that I could check it out.

via Evermanic Creates Repeatable Evernote Note Profiles | Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog.


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Learn How To Go Paperless With Easy Document Tips

Paperless master Brooks Duncan at DocumentSnap.com has updated his ScanSnap setup guide. Just $5. If you buy them from this website, you pay the same price as on DocumentSnap.com and I get a small commission. The guides are available for both Windows and Macs.

it has been almost two years since I launched the original Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide, and I’m thrilled to announce that the Third Edition is available today.There have been new models and software updates since last year’s edition, and I have changed the format of the Guide to be easier to read on a tablet for those screen-readers like myself.Here are some of the new sections: A clearer primer on what is possible with each model.

Read more at  Learn How To Go Paperless With Easy Document Tips.


I recommend the following digital products: WP GDPR Fix, a WordPress plugin that quickly and easily helps you make your WP blog GDPR compliant. Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials", Dan Gold's $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions' Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap's free email course on going paperless first before buying his products. Sign up for it on his homepage.
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Ipad vs Paper Funny Commercial Ad

In the rush to go paperless it’s sometimes good to be reminded of paper’s usefulness. Plus laughter is the best medecine (and a good way to sell stuff). (Mouse-tip to DocumentSnap.com for the link.

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Going Paperless: A Closer Look at How I Organize My Notes In Evernote | Jamie Todd Rubin

Today was a weird day weather-wise: temperature started high (yesterday was 24 degrees C, May temperatures for this part of Japan) then the sky darkened, it rained and the temperature fell (4 degrees C @ 5 pm). Apart from a short trip to the video store and to buy something for lunch, my daughter and I have stayed indoors.

I’ve spent much of the weekend happily trawling through SF author Rubin’s excellent series of posts about using Evernote to go paperless. Rubin does not use Evernote for Getting Things Done (he prefers a geeky program called ToDo.txt).

Last year I re-organized my Evernote structure to include a GTD component, but Rubin’s prime purpose for Evernote is to “remember everything”, i.e. as a timeline or record of what he and his family does, goes, buys, creates, reads, etc.

This has prompted me to review what I use Evernote for.

One things I’ve learned is that there can be as many organizational schemes as there are people using Evernote. There is no wrong or right way to do it. What I describe below works for me because it meets the goals I set out from the very start. And while the organizational scheme you choose may look entirely different, it should be based on a clear set of goals. You should be asking yourself: why are you trying to organize your notes in the first place?

via Going Paperless: A Closer Look at How I Organize My Notes In Evernote | Jamie Todd Rubin.

He offers his list of objectives for using Evernote. What’s yours?

  • Capture all paper that comes into my life in digital format.
  • Capture all events and milestones in a timeline.
  • Have the simplest possible unambiguous taxonomy.
  • Maximize the automatic creation and organization of notes
  • Find what I am looking for in less than 5 seconds.

The “timeline” use of Evernote is something I had not really thought of before (though as Rubin points out, it fits exactly Evernote’s slogan “remember everything”), but I can see advantages, e.g. creating a digital house (have you ever found yourself at the store, unable to remember the exact size of something in your home?), and keeping track of books read, software installed, purchases made, children’s milestones, year-end baselines (sounds particularly interesting and potentially useful).

Rubin is also an enthusiast of automation and finds ways to automate his Evernoting as much as possible. Some involves scripting with Perl and simla stuff which I’m too lazy to learn, but there’re clever things with IFTTT that I might try out (tho I can’t seem to get IFTTT to work with Twitter).

Rubin’s also alerted me to an Evernote addon or plugin called Clearly which does what I’ve been using Readability (the great thing about Readability is being able to send a copy of the stripped-down article to my Kindle and then read it on my iPad later – a completely wireless and automatic transfer). But Clearly does something which neither Readability nor Evernote does and that is allow you to highlight text in a clipping.

Yet another thing I learned from Rubin’s series on going paperless is a reminder to make greater use of Evernote’s search facilities. This involves learning more search syntax. Here’s Rubin’s post on his 10 most frequently used saved searches.

One I’m going to use straight away is “created:day-7” to bring up all the notes I created in the last week. The point of this is to see exactly what I actually use Evernote for (rather than what I think I use it for).

 I recommend doing this before you start creating lots of tags and notebooks, because you may find that your business requirements, or your goal in scanning in documents in the first place dictate how you should organize your information.

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