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How you can use Evernote to improve your Small Business Systems

How you can use Evernote to improve your Small Business Systems

From those who aren't familiar, I often get asked, what does Evernote do? A lot of people have heard of it, or maybe even downloaded it but haven't really put it to use yet. And I know when I first discovered the app (pre-installed on a laptop I bought in 2009!) I thought "hmm this looks interesting and useful but what should I use it for?"

It's one of those tools that is such a blank canvas and so flexible that it can sometimes bring on a case of writers block! 

So let's look at just some of the ways I have seen Evernote used and how I use it myself for my business. 

VIDEO: What you need on your Desk - Office Basics series

VIDEO: What you need on your Desk - Office Basics series

In the next few weeks I'm going to briefly explain the main systems that can help your personal productivity in the office.

My Mentor Barbara Hemphill calls these "The Magic 6". For some, these will be common sense, and for others it may be a vital missing part that could make a huge difference in their daily work.

The first one is Desktop tools...

How to get your Productivity back on track after a setback

How to get your Productivity back on track after a setback

During my first conversation with new clients, I ask them to explain their challenges and what they need help with. Very often they end up explaining some event that has occurred that was the beginning of the problem (whether they were conscious of it or not). While I have always been understanding of the effects these types of events, my recent bout of morning sickness has given me a whole new personal perspective on it.

How to Learn from the Busy Times and Improve your Business Processes

How to Learn from the Busy Times and Improve your Business Processes

For a lot of businesses, Summer, Christmas and the holidays are the busiest times of the year. Some look forward to it, with lots of clients, lots of profit... it's why you're in business right? For some though, this busy time brings stress and exhaustion. 

No more miscellaneous piles

No more miscellaneous piles

I see it often. That pile of papers in your office or home that you keep moving around or avoiding. 

"I'll sort that stuff out later"

"I'll jut put it here for now"

Maybe its those emails clogging up your inbox or files all over the desktop screen on your computer.

You might shuffle them around every now and then, but generally, the pile just keeps gets bigger.

Prepare for time off work to reduce stress later

Prepare for time off work to reduce stress later

This is the time of year when a lot of us are about to take some time off work to spend with family for Christmas. Whether you are self employed or work for someone else, there are a few things you can do to prepare for time off to so you can relax properly, not let anyone down and not be even more stressed when you get back to work.

To-Do Lists - Part 3: Apps & Technology

With smartphones so popular, there are literally hundreds of apps available to keep track of lists, tasks and appointments. And because you always have your phone with you, it's perfect for capturing notes or to-dos when you think of them, and to always be able to access your to-do list when you are ready to tackle it.