I received the following software suggestion from Daniel Pink:
“Ads on the web are kinda creepy, right?
Say you visit a sports goods site looking for swim goggles, but don’t buy anything. For the next week, that jilted vendor will follow you to every other place you visit — your bank, your local newspaper, that dermatology site you checked when you had that weird rash — beckoning you with ads for goggles you’ve already decided you don’t want. If this happened in meatspace, you’d call the cops.
A few weeks ago, perhaps later than some of you, I found a solution. It’s called Adblock Plus – a browser extension that blocks ads. It’s free, open-source, and it works like a dream. Now I’m no longer assaulted by ads (though I can whitelist certain sites from which I do want ads). And pages load much faster.
Of course, some argue that ad-blocking technology will kill certain web sites by denying them revenue. But my view is that these innovations will force publishers to create better, more useful, less annoying ads or figure out less creepy methods for paying their bills.”
When the first Earth Day was proposed at the suggestion of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, paper was the primary means of communication and conveyance. Many things have changed since then, but today we still rely on paper tremendously to get things done. Sometimes, perhaps too much.In the spirit of Earth Day, here are 8 tactics to help you manage and minimize the paper in your life.
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1. Configure your workflow.
Before you begin, it’s helpful to ask yourself a few questions about your paper-based documents and decide what you can do with them. This chart is a great place to start:
2. Don’t stress it, scan it
Scanning doesn’t destroy documents, it allows you to preserve them for generations to come. This is why we’ve built our products to work with paper as elegantly as possible.
We recommend Scannable and the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner. Scannable turns any iPhone or iPad into a mobile scanner, capturing the paper in your life quickly and beautifully. It connects to the ScanSnap Evernote Edition to let anyone in the home or office use it for any stack of paper. Use them together to collect everything from instruction manuals, the kids’ homework, and bank statements to work documents and meetings notes.
3. Manage business cards like a pro
At any gathering or conference, business cards only get out of hand if you let them. Mitigate the likelihood of losing received cards, or misplacing your own, by picking a pocket for one and a compartment for the other. Evernote Scannable is a perfect app for these moments, allowing you to scan a card in seconds.
4. Collect your digital files
In addition to paper documents, your company likely has digital documents and files scattered across a plethora of personal computers and shared drives. Collect them in Evernote so everyone can find the files they need and collaborate with the team.
You don’t necessarily want or need to move every file into Evernote. Instead, think of the files and identify documents that are regularly shared among the team, or ones that multiple people could benefit from accessing.
Evernote Tip: Good candidates for files you may want to move into Evernote are ones related to specific projects, company policies, product reference information, and sales tools.
Scanning all your documents is just one aspect of your paperless future. There are tons of documents, both physical and electronic, that you can add to Evernote. Perhaps you don’t need to scan them all, but visualize what you need and evaluate your options against your personality type with a diagram like this:
5. Own paperless productivity with Pocket + Evernote
With Pocket, you can grab links, images, and videos and save them for later. Pocket also removes the clutter from the articles and presents them in an easy-to read format. Lots of applications integrate with Pocket, making it easy to send articles and other items. Best of all, you can send items from Pocket to Evernote.
Start working smarter by letting Evernote do the work for you. For author Jamie Todd Rubin, there are a few tricks to use to get content automated into Evernote.
* A record of all Tweets on Twitter (via RSS and IFTTT)
* A record of all of my Foursquare check-ins (via IFTTT)
* The daily weather (via IFTTT)
* The fiction I wrote on any given day (via Google App Script)
* A daily “almanac” that summaries various metrics (like how much I wrote and how much I walked) (via Google App Script)
* My blog posts (via RSS and IFTTT)
* Meeting minutes for the meetings that I attend
7. Template to the madness
Between meeting agendas, minutes and printed slide decks, each meeting can leave you with quite a stack of paper to deal with.Evernote Business can help you and your team eliminate most of your meeting-related paper. Since meetings tend to revolve around standard document types, use Evernote Business to create templates for these notes. They’ll give your team a pre-formatted structure to save them time.
8. Paperless meetings
Printing slide decks, key documents, or Web pages with important research wastes time and paper. As you’re getting ready for a meeting, attach presentation files and documents directly to your meeting agenda note, and the team members you’ve shared that note with will automatically get access to those files. Clip important Internet research using the Web Clipper, share those notes with your team as well.
Studies have shown that 90% of communication is nonverbal.So how do you shine in the increasingly popular phone interview?You can’t take advantage of your good looks, great wardrobe, firm handshake, eye contact, and JLo perfume.
But there are unique elements of a phone interview that you can use to your advantage:
Stand Up.Standing changes your breathing and your tone of voice.It makes you sound stronger and more confident.(I stand and walk when doing phone coaching so I don’t risk sounding tired or too casual.)
Have a Mirror Handy.Yes, be looking yourself in a mirror.Your smile and facial expressions come through more than you may realize.Respond physically like you would in person and much of that enthusiasm will be translated via the phone anyway.
Have Your Answers Written Out.This is an open-book test.You can have your answers to all of the expected questions written out and actually sound much more polished than you may be able to in person.“What are your three greatest strengths?What do you look for in a supervisor?Why did you leave your last job? Be ready with clear responses to these and many more.
Don’t see the phone interview as just a preliminary step of little importance.It’s the real thing.Put yourself at the top – it’s fairly easy to outshine the competition.
Here’s just a sampling of the kinds of questions being asked in today’s workplace:
What would your previous employer list as your greatest strengths?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
What have been some of your most significant accomplishments? How were you able to achieve those accomplishments?
What are you looking for in a new position? Why do you want this job? What do you find attractive about this position?
What important changes or trends do you see in this industry? How do you think those changes will affect the way we succeed in this company?
What do you look for in a supervisor? Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and his employee. What do you see as your most difficult task as a manager? What is your management style?
Do you prefer working alone or as part of a team? Are you better working with things, people, or ideas? Are you better at creating or doing?
What kinds of things outside of work do you enjoy? What magazines do you like to read? Name three books you have read in the last year. Are you achieving personal goals you have set?
What does a typical weekend consist of for you? What do you do to relieve boredom?
What other kinds of positions have you been looking at? If we do not select you for this position, would you be interested in another (office, sales, administrative, etc.) position with this company? How does this job compare with others for which you have interviewed? What makes this job different from your current/last one?
Why should we choose you for this position? What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
If you have the new edition of 48 Days To The Work You Love, you can see an extensive list of questions you can expect on pages 164-167.I also list unusual questions and 17 questions you should be prepared to ASK.
While some educators have a very negative attitude towards testing, some educators like the teachers at Cedar Grove Elementary School in South Carolina have decided to have some fun with preparing for ACT Aspire.
Could this make a difference on the day of the test?
I have always believed that the attitude of the adults in the building helped to determine the attitude of most (not all) students in terms of:
1) Attitude toward testing
2) Importance of the test – the big “why” are we taking this test; what can it do for me?
3) Overall confidence in facing the assessment
This video is another great example of how educators can have some fun with assessment.
Please check out this video created by middle school teachers Justin Goldsmith and James Hogue at Legacy Charter School in Greenville. These teachers, created a rap video with some friends from Anderson University to pump students up with lyrics like “yeah we ACT-ing and we MAP-ing too. ‘Bout to pass it all ’cause that’s just what them scholars do.” You can see it on YouTube:
The words testing and fun are rarely used in the same sentence, but maybe we should try to combine these two necessary elements of education more often. I am not sure that taking tests is ever really fun, but adding some humor to testing certainly can help.
While I do know of any research to prove this, I have to believe that putting a smile on the faces of students and educators before testing can only be a good thing for all involved.
Take a look at one school did to have some fun preparing for ACT Aspire:
In April of 2015, South Carolina is changing the way it tests students in our public school system. SCETV has recorded the video below with an assessment professional from the State Department of Education along with a school district representative to talk about those changes and what they mean to parents and students. More information about changes to assessment can be found at http://www.ed.sc.gov/agency/pi/act/.
It was a quiet ceremony without a lot of fan fare.
No one spoke at the service because we were all so glad to see it go.
Death is never easy but in this case it was, for the funeral was not for a person, but rather a phrase.
Years ago, the phrase “I don’t know how to do that” died.
It had been with us for years. I remember in the 1980s and early 1990s saying it often. When I ran into a problem as a teenager I could proclaim with great certainty “I don’t know how to do that!”
Perhaps my mom would drive me to the library so that I could sort through books or research things slowly. Perhaps there was someone in my circle of friends who knew the answer, but sitting at home, both of those sources of information were seemingly out of reach. I couldn’t quickly contact friends unless they were sitting right next to the phone which was attached to their house. I couldn’t easily connect with experts from around the world. You could give up so much easier in the 1990s by just saying, “I don’t know how to do that.”
Until the Internet murdered that phrase.
You can no longer ever say, “I don’t know how to do that,” because you have the means to figure it out.
Don’t know how to write a book? That phrase brought up 783 million results in 0.57 seconds on Google.
Don’t know how to file an LLC? That phrase brought up 189 million results in 0.70 seconds on Google.
Don’t know how to lose weight? That phrase brought up 117 million results in 0.37 seconds on Google.
You know how to learn anything you feel called to do.
You just have to do it.
That’s not easy. Things that matter never are. All the knowledge in the world is just wasted data unless you hustle.
If you like Outlook on your desktop or laptop computer, you have probably found the stock email and calendar programs for iOS and Android somewhat lacking.
Recently, Microsoft purchased a great little app maker called Acompli (www.acompli.com/) and converted it into the mobile version of Outlook. I think it works extremely well and I would suggest that you try it out. It’s is easy to use and best of all it’s FREE!
This is also the first calendar app that I have found to be reliable for adding or accepting meetings on my cell phone. While many calendar apps will allow you add and edits calendar entries on your phone, most fall short when it comes to having the app sync up with your desktop calendar (2-way syncing), Microsoft seems to have solved this problem.