[Video] Taking Time To Organize Written Notes In Your Digital System

[Video] Taking Time To Organize Written Notes In Your Digital System

In this video I share with you my process for transferring my written notes into my digital filing system. I use Evernote, but this can work with any note taking app or software. Listen in and let me know your thoughts and what you use currently to marry digital with paper.

The Process:

  1. Set aside 1 to 2 hours. Especially if you have a large load of notes.
  2. I took a photo of the notebook
  3. Scanned the pages
  4. Tear up and toss the scrap of paper or file the notebook.
  5. To maintain – schedule time weekly to keep up to date and not get a backlog of notes to scan and have to devote hours.

 

Benefits:

  1. Helped me remember things I had written long ago.
  2. A great way to review how far you’ve come and what you have accomplished. (You don’t have to wait until the end of the year!)
  3. Helps keep you motivated and creativity flowing.

 

Choose Your Route

Route 1:

Scan to a generic notebooks, then organize where it goes later. You just need to make sure that you schedule the follow up.

Route 2:

Scan where it goes to from the start. This takes longer so you will need to schedule the necessary time and you may need to break it into sessions.

 

Want to learn how to use Evernote like a pro? Enroll in my Evernote Course now!

 

3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

Today I am sharing 3 apps of many that I use to run my businesses. It is important as a business owner to be organized and have as much of your work tasks automated as possible. These apps are just a few that I use to do just that. I have saved myself hundreds of hours by implementing these 3 apps. There are more things that I use to automate my business but these are my top 3 that I use daily.

So watch as I share what I use to capture my ideas and client information, what I use for project management and what I use for invoicing. Be sure to look at my other posts about other tools I use to run my business. And be sure you check out our Resource page too.

Tools Discussed:

  1. Asana
  2. Evernote
  3. Freshbooks

 

P.S. Please ignore me being upside down. Only when I show me you will see that I am upside down. I think I had the phone turned the wrong way when recording. But the important information is right side up ;-).

 

Clean Your Computer Month: A 3-Week Plan to Organize Your Computer

Clean Your Computer Month: A 3-Week Plan to Organize Your Computer

It is Clean Your Computer Month and it is time to stop ignoring the “elephant in the room” that is your overstuffed, cluttered computer. You know we all have a computer that is full to overflowing with information, old files, old photos, things that you don’t even know why you’ve kept it. When your computer is disorganized it makes it hard to find information when you need it. Computer’s are supposed to make our lives easier, right? Well only if you set up a system that makes it effortless to capture and retrieve your electronic information.

 

That is why I want to share with you a 3 Week Plan for cleaning out your computer provided by SingleHop.

 

How I Clean & Organize My Computer

Because I run a couple of companies and need my computers to house files and photos for clients it is imperative that I have a system that makes this process as smooth as possible. You want to think of your computer files like you would a physical file. You need folders and categories for the main things you are trying to capture. For me I have my files broken down into personal and business.

 

My personal files are organized in a physical system (Freedom Filer) and I use MobilLogic to store that system in the cloud. I used to keep a replica file system of my Freedom Filer system on my hard drive when I first started scanning in my documents, but that has been replaced by MobilLogic. I use SafelyFiled to keep vital records.

 

For business related files – they are broken down by company, client and business related documents for my company. I use to keep all of these files on my hard drive but learned the hard way when one of my computers went down and died that this was not efficient. Things changed when I moved to using a Chromebook laptop that is entirely web based. I had to find online cloud solutions to house my files so that no matter what computer I used I could get to the information quickly. I have used Google Drive, Evernote, OneDrive and Dropbox to keep files synced in the cloud. As my needs change I can see where using a dedicated cloud provider like SingleHop would be very beneficial.

 

When it comes to photos I have Google+(Picasa), Amazon Drive, and Flickr. I also use iCloud for photos and videos on my iPad. I know that is a lot of places to have your photos, but the same thing is on every one because I believe you can never have too many backups. Plus eventually I’m going to get around to printing off these photos, lol. I will be doing a post about Apps to do just that. But back to this topic, photos need to be arranged by date, place or event if possible. If you really have time on your hands you can even break them down by person. But for now general folders like 2015, 2014 and month and place is fine.

 

Let’s Talk Security

The more sensitive your data the more security you need and you will need to think about that. You want a secure service hosting your files in the cloud.

 

The reason I moved to cloud storage solutions was after a incident where I had not one but 2 external hard drives to fail and wasn’t able to retrieve the information without incurring a huge expense. That was a while ago and I am sure that external drives are much better than they were a few years back, but I’m still a little shell shocked. Maybe one day 😉

 

You’re Turn

So let’s get to this 3 week plan and get those computers organized! (I suggest printing it out and hanging it near your computer so that you can check off each task as you complete it daily!)

 

3 Week Plan Breakdown

 *Each point is to be done daily. Refer to the calendar.* 

Week 1: Organization

  • Create an easy to use system to organize your computer’s folders.
  • Put Desktop & ‘Downloads’ items into folders.
  • Organize Photos into folders
  • Organize Videos into folders
  • Organize documents into folders

 

Week 2: Prioritize What’s Important

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Programs
  • Desktop

 

Week 3: Backup & Deletion

  • Research secure cloud storage options & external hard drives/storage devices.
  • Purchase space through a cloud hosting provider that fits your needs.
  • Upload all ‘Archive’ folders to your cloud space
  • Upload all ‘Archive’ folders to an external hard drive or storage device.
  • Delete all ‘Archive’ folders from your computer.

 

While you are going through cleaning up your hard drive it is important to keep these questions in mind:

  1. What do I need on a daily basis?
  2. What works for me?

 

These important questions will help you to come up with a plan that you will have no trouble sticking to. Just because something works for someone else you may know doesn’t mean that it is the best option for you. So be sure that you evaluate what your needs are and what has worked for you in the past and what hasn’t. Being clear on this will help you make a custom plan for you.

 

If you have a computer that is full to overflowing and you are just at your wit’s end and need help getting everything organized and uploaded to a cloud solution or on an external hard drive you can order a tech consulting package and I will come in and get your computer in shape.

 

SingleHop provides cloud computing services. This calendar and plan is provided by SingleHop.

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How You Can Keep A Consistent Calendar When You Like Paper & Digital Methods

How You Can Keep A Consistent Calendar When You Like Paper & Digital Methods

 I received an email from a client of mine who admitted to having a hard time being consistent about keeping a calendar and to do list because they are torn between using their phone and also wanting to write down on paper.

Q: I am inconsistent with keeping a calendar, be it paper or electronic. I can’t decide which is better for me, although I think the answer is both. I like to write (I have stickies EVERYWHERE), but then I like the reminders on my phone. I have downloaded several “to-do” apps, but can’t decide which I like best. Any suggestions?

Here is what I answered and this may help to free you also to do what is best for you and to go with your instinct.

A: I keep an electronic calendar, but I keep a paper to do list. I like to write things out too, but love the convience of having it on my phone when on the go. So decide to use both. You can use an electronic calendar, but do your to do’s on paper. You could then scan your to do list in Evernote or just take a picture of it daily so that it is with you throughout the day. This is why I like Evernote because I can take a photo of my papers that I write out and have with me on any device. Evernote is free software and has apps for every device. So use both is my recommendation. That’s how I got over feeling guilty about not using just one. I found that a combination of the two worked best for me and I think that may be the case with you too.

Key Takeaway

It is very easy to get confused and ultimately stuck when it comes to marrying digital and paper together. You hear so much advice on just pick one, but that isn’t necessarily the truth for everyone. I am quite productive using both methods because it just feels right for me. And I found a way to marry the two and never be without my information.

Which method do you prefer to keep your calendar and to-do list? Are you team paper or team digital? Let me know in the comments below.