Archive for September, 2009
Welcome back to 1996! Or perhaps more accurately, 2007, when Brett was last seen on top of his game leading the Green Bay Packers to a NFC Championship game. After an ultimately unsuccessful stint with the NY Jets, Brett Favre is back at it again. With some assistance from Adrian Peterson and a friendly schedule, he’s led the Vikings to an undefeated record, including a near-miracle game winning TD this past weekend:
What a throw! (And what a catch!) Hopefully, this will temporarily quell the naysayers that wish Brett a speedy career exit. Most are simply fed up with the annual retirement drama, but I say, let the man play the game he loves. It’s not Favre’s fault that his annual "Do I have one more run left in me?" debate makes for such compelling media drama. Simply put, if the man is still performing at a level worthy of a starting NFL quarterback, consider yourself fortunate to still be watching.
I started using Evernote just over three months ago, and I have found it to be incredibly useful. Previously, I had been using Microsoft’s OneNote for most of my note-taking, or simply relying upon pen(cil) and paper when not in front of a PC; however, I often found myself frustrated by having notes scattered amongst multiple places. Evernote offers a sound solution to this problem by providing a useful note-taking tool that synchronizes your notes across multiple platforms (work laptop, home PC, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm Pre, etc.) and provides a single, searchable interface to find any entered information. You can even search for text within screenshots or images. Think of it as a "virtual notebook" that you will always have access to provided you have Internet access.
Check out Evernote at www.evernote.com for full details.
In addition routine note-taking, I’ve also found Evernote to be useful as a productivity enhancer, particularly when coupled with this article detailing nine lists that everyone should keep updated in order to maximize personal performance: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/9-lists-to-keep-updated-and-keep-handy.html
I recommend customizing those lists to fit your individual needs. For instance, I spend quite a bit of my time investigating different technology arenas, so I’ve added a new list to my Evernote called "Tech Tasks" that enables me to quickly jot down ideas on new technology developments that I can follow-up on later. Additionally, I created a new note called “Blog Ideas” to capture those moments of inspiration for future blog postings that will later find their way here to TruthBegins.com. For this on-the-fly note-taking, I cannot overstate the importance of utilizing the mobile-phone based Evernote application, not that you need any refreshers on my passion for the Palm Pre!
Overall, I highly recommend checking out the Evernote program. It takes a bit of discipline to get acclimated to using an online note-taking tool, but if you start using the desktop client and the phone-based add-ons, the tool becomes very powerful. And it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose.