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The Things We Say


Were,that we would lead lives with things said & done.

I was walking hurriedly to catch up to two lady friends. Well. More like friendly acquaintances,but one of them, I have always said to myself,is my close friend.

They were up ahead and headed to the club. Funny thing is, one does not drink,but I say to myself that the reason she goes out is she loves having company.

The other,my friend, was deep in a juicy personal story about her escapades and both were giggling like teenagers by the time I caught up.

The fact was,that even though I say to myself we are friends,there are things she would never say, say, said juicy story, and I was delighted at having a glimpse of this side I had always been interested in, but always told myself we could never talk about.

Isn’t that a Pandora’s Box situation right there?do I really want to say things about myself as well?

In any case the giggles cascaded and the story subtly muted as I came astride.

I walked quietly and said to myself that from my glances,they would notice my belated interest in the said story; And much too late I chuckled enthusiastically and said…”what was that about…” when we were drawing up to the club,but alas, the conversation had turned to lighter subjects.

This is an exclusive place, I said to myself.

We ran up the stairs past the garcon,straight to the security draw bridge.

I went up to the lady and asked for admission. My ladies walked by and said…Hey,just come. As they giggled and walked on confidently.
Maybe its free for ladies? I said to myself.

My uncertainities had tied me in by then,and my company was inside. Two beautiful ladies,these places always let the pretty ones in for free,eye candy,I said to myself.

The lady said…” Imejaaa”. And looked on laconically. There isn’t more to be said, I said to myself.
Said I, “Hatuwezi jaribu tu, my friends are in there. At least let me tell them.”
“No. Si uko na simu,wapigie!”,Said she.

The delight of happenstance.

The manager of the club happened to be walking out. Do not ask me how I knew he was the manager, I knew. So I got his attention and sought entry.

As happens in such places,there was a pile up of waiting humans behind me,who couldn’t understand what the issue was.

All Mr.Manager did was pick up his phone and muttered in the general direction of me,the watchwoman and the queue …” Kuna wazungu ndani” as he walked away.

Those mutters may have been “kuna watu wengi ndani” I said to myself. He couldn’t possibly in this day and age of furore over The Chinese Restaurant,Caramel and Art Cafe still have just added his spot to the list of racist establishments?

Well whatever he did say,because he couldn’t possibly have said what I heard him say,I said to myself,my fate is sealed.

I texted the girls that I was gonna headout, and I would see them in the morrow.

This story is filled with the following barriers to living full lives:
1.Things we say to ourselves inside
2.Things we think others are saying to us
3. Things we don’t say.

So many turns in this story are determined by things unsaid,words unspoken,meanings misunderstood,presumptions made.

Were,that we would lead lives with things said & done.

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The media is awash with different perspectives on the Laptop for Kids Project being implemented in Kenya.

 

I find it interesting that very few of the contributors to this very important discussion care to quote or review other global instances of children being exposed to technology at an early age.

 

The global experiences of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) in its various formats, of The “Hole In the Wall” experiment by renowned educationist Suguta Mitra all point to this program being an opportunity to spark the next level of professionals ready for the information age.

 

 

 

 

I feel blessed to have gotten got early exposure to technology.

 

I was fortunate enough to get a feel of DOS,Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, Lotus 123 (and a lot of Paratroopers, Digger, Chess, Prince, TD (Test Drive), Lotus, Budokan… I clearly played more games than anything).

 

 

Under the tutelage of The Late Steven Barasa Wamalwa, at The Computer Centre, Eldoret, I experienced one of the first child-focused computer educational programs in Kenya in the late eighties-early nineties. Under his direction, some of the most influential Kenyans in technology, like John Walubengo learned and honed their craft.

 

I was never particularly interested in code, thus I did not end up as a developer. Yet in my view this early exposure to command prompt and the basics of  how computing works has aided me to be the formidable Information Worker I am now.

 

In all fields today, computing is melded in the substratum of process, communication and output. Yet we still find people claiming a computer is not working, yet they haven’t turned it on, or being less productive because of screens like this:

 

 

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I can quote the venerable Bitange Ndemo stating,

Bitange Ndemo ‏@bantigito18 Jul

1m kids will join std 1. If 10% of them become computer literate, that is 100k. If 10% of these end up in ICT, you have 10k experts

 

False, some might say, but I was one of those kids who had been working ({sic} playing) with computers since I was 7 or 8; the benefits to me have been invaluable.

 

Working with computers may not necessarily guarantee us a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. We may have a higher chance of forming a Larry Flint or a world ranking member of Anonymous, or none at all.

 

Of this, though, I am certain, we shall have a more productive and more effective workforce as a whole.

Live a Stop-Motion Life


 

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English: Photo animation staged in Tel Aviv Stop motion עברית: צילום אנימציה מבויים בתל אביב (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

…your life is a Stop Motion video.

The birds eye view of your life and the apparently amazing things that you have done holistically, is a sum total of small moments of tasks done inch by inch.

Like any video, the perceived motion comes from little snippets of images that, by a tromp d’oeil (trick of the eye) is a result of playing the images faster than the mind can understand,making it seem like the images are doing superhuman things.

This is your life.

The little small actions you take and make every day result in the brilliant things that make you stand out.

So focus on the little things.

Remember the rule.

Never disperse your focus until absolutely necessary. Face one adversary at a time.


I’m not writing about Acer,Asus,Sony,Toshiba,HP, Dell Notebooks.

I’m talking the real Notebook. Pen and Paper.

From a mild observation, even in the geekiest tech expos and conferences, pens and notebooks are still handed out! Why?

Paper is still a primary collection point, in spite of all advances.

If you are over 25, chances are you take notes and place reminders with pen and paper as oppossed to or in conjunction with Workflowy,Evernote,Paper,RTM and other productivity notetaking apps.

This question becomes even more critical when you think about the millions of dollars being spent on tablets for education and OLPC by governments the world over.

The answer,I suppose, is in our upbringing. We are a lost cause;unlearning 20 plus years of rote education and studying on pen and pad is a daunting task.

However if a child is brought up with the tablet or laptop as the primary input mechanism for study,then we will soon see a very different world.

Tablets are largely built for the consumption of content, usage of applications with creative input has slacked greatly.

I believe only the next generation will use gadgets, working with the internet of things, as a primary collection point.

Sharpen Writing Skills Dulled by Autocorrect!


I posted last week, a link to Office gamification game Ribbon Hero 2.

 

Here is another game that will take your word-processing prowess to new heights.

FPT

 

The grading game is a cool game of the First Person Tutor genre, (Get it? FPT?)

You are a teaching assistant and you work is to grade and  fail students, for which your college debt is marked down.

You have few seconds in which to read through and X out typos, grammatical errors and the like, the stuff which copywriters, sub-editors and editors eat in their sleep.

If you are in the news, media, ad, legal and copywriting industries or just want to undo the damage that autocorrect has done to your written English, this is the game for you.

It is out on iOS for all your iDevices and you can play the web version HERE.

FPT: Grading Game

Ribbon Hero 2: Return of Clippy


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It is always the simple things, the littl things, that make the greatest difference in our lives.

Proper knowledge of wordprocessing and spreadsheets is not so prevalent, and it stops a lot of people from being productive in the workplace.

Ribbon Hero is a great productivity game by Microsoft that lets you play Office in the Office.

Not like how you play house…that is an entirely different game altogether. 

Ribbon Hero lets you learn tools, tips and tricks within the whole Office Suite.

It is one of the best things that you can let yourself, your team and staff do when they need to take a break during work.

Get it at : http://www.ribbonhero.com

 

 

Workflowy


Depth in categorization has been a gargantuan challenge to most productivity applications. The typical approach, a stance taken by Evernote, Producteev, and RTM, has been to follow the user everywhere you are, and allow you to submit tasks, attach notes, links, references, pictures from various sources both offline and online.This is the where the differentiation battles have been; in the depths of interactions with other apps, gadgets and platforms as they arrive.

So you get to centralize your work from anywhere. But our categories and documentation styles are different. This increase in complexity of software integration and interface is the challenge to app makers as it of course stretches their r&d budget.

Workflowy takes a different stance. Workflowy is lists on steroids.

Their differentiators are clear.

1.  Centralization.

No online offline business, no multiple apps for this and for that. Just their site, http://www.workflowy.com

The steps to take, in their own words:

      1. Go to workflowy.com.
      2. Create top-level items called ‘Personal’ and ‘Work’.
      3. Click the bullet point next to ‘Personal’ to zoom in.
        • Create a ‘Chores’ item. List under it everything you need to do in the next week.
        • Create a ‘Goals’ item. List under it everything you want to get done in the next month and year.

Zoom out and start on the ‘Work’ section.

This should be enough to get you started.

2.  Free-Form.

WorkFlowy is free-form and you can use it however you like.

This free-form format is their separator from the other applications and it drills down to categories and subcategories as deep as you are willing to go.

Given a list of similar applications,It would be the simplest to use. Being the closest thing to your regular notepad, it is fun to use too.

It allows you to write your lists or notes the way you want to write them, the way it works for you. If you favor the GTD method, use it, if your form of categorization is no categorization, go ahead, if you prefer my method of Future, Now and Past, go on.

3. UI

It has been largely a race towards deeper complexity in getting things done, so much so one  requires to study books to utilize methodologies to accomplish ones own goals. This is no jibe at all, a book like Sally McGhee and John Wittry’s  “Take Back Your Life!Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized” has been my personal productivity bible for a while, and I just heard about Darren Crawford’s Getting Things Done Using Evernote.

But what happened to just having a notebook and writing it all down? Finding the drive to achieve what you want to achieve from negative experiences, positive experiences and measurable goals?   Writers too, are encouraged to write on a paper scrap book for ideas to flow and come to fruition.

Well Workflowy have done just that. It’s the closest thing you can get to a magical notepad that shrinks to a few headers, or digs deep into other specific content.

Disadvantages

Working with teams. It seems at present to be geared specifically for the individual user, I am unsure how the team aspect that has been well incorporated in Producteev and Evernote would be executed here.

Content Types. Can you draw? Sketch? Yes you can add links, but I think, at first glance, that that’s it. So its limited in scope, It is very specific in what its intents are, the outline of a project or a GTD plan.

Beels & Whistles. I talked of Asana, which, while being challenged in the depth of categorization sector, takes a deeper step in alerts on milestones attained and unattained to email and other media.

Workflowy is a turbo-charged list. That’s it.


I was inspired to write this post on gamification of GTD (Getting Things Done) after reading this Blog post by a certain Ikaruga on the possible design of GTD tools around game theory.

This post was written I believe, quite a while before everyone was talking about enterprise gamification and the writer lays out the principles around which gamification of GTD would be optimal, being:

  1. GTD needs a compelling story
  2. GTD Needs clearly defined and easy to understand rules and objectives.
  3. GTD Needs unnecessary obstacles (it needs to be fun)

The writer was way ahead of the curve, the idea of gamification of GTD and now the term GAMIFICATION is now THE subject of discussion in enterprise productivity and not just personal productivity. 

Of course market leaders like Microsoft and IBM have for a while been toying internally with workforce gamification for a while now.

For example, Ross Smith, then director of Test at Microsoft, writes out a compelling case study on internal use of gamification at Microsoft since 2006.

The goals they defined for gamifcation of their work environment were:

It is a pretty detailed case study, providing the history and ideologies behind gamification of the enterprise, the challenges,solutions. At its end he outlines the following lessons:

  • Games appeal to everyone, especially at work! 
  • Collaborative play builds trust.
  • Games don’t work everywhere or in every situation.
  • Leverage core player skills.
  • Leaderboards and scoring compete with the paycheck for motivation – be careful. Prizes don’t necessarily help – and can sometimes hurt. See this Dilbert as an example of prizes gone bad.
  • Experimentation is critical.
  • Amplify skill with volume
  • Reduce cost with Discovery & Instrumentation
  • Reduce Risk with Diversity
  • Trust and transparency increase effectiveness.

Given this background, one would think, with FourSquare as a success story, that the market would be rife with gamified getting things done,task management,productivity and the enterprise applications.

Not just yet. As such there seems to be no refined market leader in this niche. These are some of the applications available.

Personal Productivity Gamified

1. Epic Win, an iPhone Application that gamifies your life into an RPG (role playing game).

Epic Win

2. Chore Wars– An App that gamifies household tasks for a family.

Chore Wars

3. High Score House- Another app that gamifies household chores.

Highscore House

4. My Life Organized- An Android GTD App that organizes your tasks,projects and goals into a tree, with progress bars on each line item. Of course there’s a lot more to gamification than a progress bar.

My Life Organized

4 Aherk- A Facebook app,dubbed “goal oriented self blackmailing service” that challenges to post embarrassing photos if a task remains undone!

Aherk

5. Emailga, The Email Game, that targets better productivity around email use and mailbox management.

emailga.me

6. If you method is offline and you work with spreadsheets, and need a progress bar to egg you on, there’s several spreadsheet templates with that.

Here is one I’m currently fiddling with on IBM’s threat to Microsoft Office, IBM Lotus Symphony, and it is free to download.(Both the spreadsheet template and IBM’s Lotus Symphony). This will be the subject of another post. 

To Do list with Progress Bar 

 

Enterprise Productivity gamified

1.The folks at Bunchball  have APIs that let you gamify your website and applications, and have plugins for Salesforce and even IBM. 

2. Gamify also target enterprise clients by offering the tools, portals and APIs allowing any company to gamify their internal enterprise management processes.

3.DealMachine  also target the salesforce, and aims to incentify and intensify the selling game. 

dealmachine

 

4. Red Critter tracker, Gamified Project Management

red critter tracker

Social Causes gamified

1. Games For Change– an aggregator portal that links out to games with causes. It seeks to promote games that educate, that promote social awareness and influence society positively.

News Gamified

News games take any past or present global happening and turn into an interactive game. Newspapers and television inform and educate; so do games.

 

Conclusion:

I feel as though, at this time, most of the companies in this sphere are shying away from providing the solution to gamification of GTD, but want to provide the platform, which is what Bunchball and Gamify are trying to do so as to have more enterprise clients.

This list is definitely not conclusive,I am certain, of course, more apps will emerge soon.

7 Simple Steps to Get More Out of Your Day


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Let’s face it – time is probably our greatest resource. We never seem to have enough of it and it seems to pass so quickly. Well we won’t get any more of it and we can’t slow it down.

What we can do is make the most of the time we have. Here are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of your day.

1.    Plan your day the night before – At the end of each day write out all the things you need to do the following day to achieve your goals. Pull together all the information you’ll need, phone numbers and relevant paperwork.

2.    Prioritize the list – Number each item and do the nasty jobs first. There’s always the temptation to do the easy jobs first. However, think how the thought of doing the nasty jobs hangs over you as you do…

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A 15 Minute Fix for the Productivity-Challenged


The DMT Idea Board

Infinity time spiralMy project load is vast and all-consuming enough (thank you, new and loyal clients alike!) that I’m going to step away momentarily from the next DMT Artistry, LLC rebranding adventure – logo redesign – and attend strictly to my clients.

However, that won’t prevent me from imparting a piece of productivity wisdom that I learned ages ago from my father, and resurrected from my memory files only a few short years back.

I know for a fact that I’m not alone in quietly pipe dreaming that I could multiply myself 10 times over. SOMEONE needs to tackle all those career, social, family and life obligations that strap on army boots with cleats and gleefully trample our schedules and our sanity.

Happily, 15 minutes in the morning can solve our dilemma.

The Extreme To-Do List Makeover

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Boston City Flow

 

We are built for action. We are built for action. every time I say it it feels silly even saying it, but we are built for action. We are built for action because we are placed between three, the future, the present and the past.

I have showcased different productivity and GTD tools on this site. As said before,for action and reaction to be effected in our lives,  simplicity is key, read John Maeda’s The Laws of Simplicity. I simplify my broad categories to the three, Future, Present, Past. The present, or now, is, in my view, interchangeable with action.

  1. Future: This category holds anything undone. Ideas, plans,concepts,meetings,dates,you name it, thy fall under subcategories within the future category.
  2. Action (Present): This holds everything that needs getting done now. The present encapsulates the imaginary constant we call NOW. Now does not exist. We are built for action, for we are constantly hurtling into the depths of time and space creating a past imprint in memory, hurtling towards a future in design. Now is a reflective gulp of time,that is seen as it passes by,soon falling into past.
  3. Past: The past reflects achievements, notches on the wall,milestones,benchmarks, and its existence “proved” by memory, and that which has been achieved.

So the last item really causes one to look at actionable tangible goals, when it is in your past, when you measure your action, are they of value?

We are built for action, action is all we are, into a future that is seen, into a past that remains to be seen.

Drafts: Idea Inbox


The Overthinker

Drafts is an “idea Inbox”. Launch the app, type your text, and then decide where it needs to go or be used. You can send it in an email or a text message, post to Twitter or update your Facebook status. Send the text off as a new note in Evernote or save it as a text file to Dropbox. You can hand it off to the clipboard or other writing apps, and it’s the fastest way you’ve ever entered a new event in the calendar app.

Drafts launches fast so you get the idea down first, and then decide what to do with it. After you use it about three times, you’ll wonder how long before Apple will buy the developer out and add it to iOS.

Check out my tips for using Drafts.

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Inspiration in So Many Words


Maggie's Blog

I’ll admit it: reading books about writing always makes me feel a *little* like I’m cheating, because when I’m reading them, I *feel* productive, but am not actually getting words on the page, and also because although I’m reading, I’m not taking a chunk out of the massive To-Read list (and by list, I mean stack) I’ve accumulated over the years. It’s so easy to feel like “A Writer” when I read books like these–the same way I feel like “A Writer” when I chat writing with other aspiring authors, sit on convention panels, and/or read blog posts about writing (like this one! OOO! Self-reflective!). None of them get words down on the page, despite all the warm-productivity-fuzzies I get from them.

I’m also extremely picky. There are a million and one books on How To Write out there, and in this realm, all are most decidedly NOT created equal…

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How to Focus When You’re Juggling Lots of Different Tasks


Joe The Flow

Have you ever noticed that the times when you really need to focus are the times when it’s toughest?

On days when you have far too much to do — an overflowing inbox, meetings to prepare for, chores to complete — it’s easy to end up darting from one task to the next, never making any real headway.

When you’ve got a lot to juggle, you need a battle plan. Here’s what to do: [read]

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Avoiding Complacency


Rob Taylor Blog

This past week I sent the email below (verbatim) to my leadership team, not as a critique, but as a challenge.   I really find my own personal motivation goes in cycles and I have to fight through this issue from time to time.  The title of the email was the same as this post, “Avoiding Complacency”.

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Guys, I wanted to share a simple technique I use every week to ensure I’m staying motivated and focused on the right stuff.  To be clear, this is not a critique on our/your work ethic, commitment or anything else other than my normal “challenging” the team to stay awesome.  I recognize everyone is working hard. 

Candidly, one of the issues I personally have to wrestle with is avoiding complacency, becoming “comfortable” in my role and most important, losing a sense of urgency and paranoia that I believe is critical for any…

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Asana- Productivity at its simplest


There are always artists who are in the periphery of the mainstream music circles,with unbelievable music, but unknown worldwide, because of insufficient marketing muscle,on principle,an unfortunate twist of fate, or some other obscure reason.

Often it is a friend who shares this strangely beautiful music with one, or some chance flick to a strange channel,or soundtrack to a movie…

It always feels like discovering a theretofore unbeknownst jewel…

 my precious

This is how I discovered Asana.

I was discussing Service Management,Project Management and CRM software with industry colleagues and of course all the billboard artists, the blockbuster chart toppers came up.

Microsoft Projects, IBM Tivoli Service Management, Salesforce, Sugar CRM…

The lightweight online versions like chatter and Free CRM also came up.

A friend mentioned Asana. “Never heard of it”, was the general consensus.

But she stated that we should all give it a try.

I got the invite in my mail, and promptly sent it to junk.

Later that week I got a client request for a cheap and lightweight online project management software. I did not want to respond with a system of GTD solutions like Evernote, RTM and Producteev, as they require a systemic change in how things are done, change which is sometimes too daunting for some to do on their own.Actually, come to think of it, Producteev would also have suited them just fine. Neither did he require the overkill of IBM’s Lotus Live or MS Projects.

In any case, as I had forgotten the name of the service my friend had recommended, I dug back into junk and retrieved the mail, clicked the link and got onto Asana.

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Asana is a simple online task management software. It makes the whole concept easy by using the Asana portal as the sole task and activities management area.

UX & UI

Its structure is simple, structured as most email services are structured, quite like Evernote, the Task pane on the extreme left, the task and item particulars in the middle and a third pane on the extreme right with project details.

This familiarity in user experience makes the site very easy to adapt to whether you knew of it or not.

An administrator gives the standard admin rights, manager rights, or view only rights to anyone by email.

COOL FACTORS:

Having just read the Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda, ( A must read by the way,)I admire Asana for staying true to the task of simplicity in getting things done. Its made to simply get whatever needs doing to get done. Its simple.

Cool factor two, it integrates with Gmail. If you use gmail and have extended its notifications to mobile, then this, for you, automatically means the project management of Asana extends to your mobile phone.For Free. COOOL.

A third cool factor, notifications of all tasks go to an active email, whether internal or external this expands the users who can access and easily attend to the tasks whether they know about Asana or not.

DETRIMENTS:

Depth of classification: From my assessment, Asana has two levels of project depth, the project itself, then line tasks within the project. However I think allowing for deeper stratification would make it seem more complex, as it is its target is people who want to manage simple projects. I think its whole concept is simplicity.

Creation of Tasks and Assignment: Some may see it a a detriment that one cannot assign and create  tasks from multiple external methods like SMS, twitter, Facebook,and the plethora of online links and media.

Again,I think that its purpose is productivity on specific projects. Simplicity is one of the key principles of any productive GTD methodology. In reality our e-mails are the main area which we work from, where we receive and delegate projects and tasks and evaluate results.

CONCLUSION:

Despite it not being a mainstream artist, Asana is extremely effective.

If you need to Get Things Done, Asana is for you. Simplicity through a single collection point and management point on evaluation gives clarity on what is and is not performing well, and Asana does it. Very well.

EVERNOTE


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So I previously threw out some babies with the bathwater, the toddlers being RTM and Producteev.

In a nutshell, I shunned the so called Productivity  notes that follow you with multiple collecting points in your social networks and emails.

The premise is that notes are at the execution and daily rote tasks of your productivity cycle, part of short term and long term goal execution.

I have been forced to rethink the effectiveness of Notes.

I was souping up a new laptop, and asked @gbatosai to give me his list of software must haves for PC.

And in there I find a baby the size of an elephant.

The Elephant in the room is Evernote.

Evernote is a very well thought out sticky note mod with similar aims as Producteev, Microsoft OneNote,Delicious and RTM.
The others can be likened to Japanese cars, (with MS Onenoteclearly an American Muscle car with too much power and no control),while Evernote is clearly German perfection.

DESCRIPTION

They describe themselves thus:

“Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.”

Their logo is a grey elephant enveloped in mint, with the fitting byline, “Remember Everything”.

Seriously, these guys worked with someone with serious UI,GUI and UX skills.

The first attribute it trumps the other platforms with is Familiarity.

It has the look and feel of most modern email providers, with the tab with notes, notebooks,trash, attributes, saved searches,et al on the left of the screen,  your “inbox” or list of notes in the middle, and a note on the left of the screen, which you can pin and unpin.

The mint green and high chrome finish on the GUI gives it a polished look.

FEATURES:

*  Click New Note and take down an idea or task.

*  Clip and save a webpage using a Web Clipper.

*  Use Evernote on your phone to snap a photo of a whiteboard, business card, or   wine label.

*Evernote automatically makes text in your snapshots searchable!

*Take notes, save images, create to-dos, view PDFs, and more

*  Access your Evernote notes from any computer or phone you use

*Search and find everything, even printed or handwritten text in images

 

It goes a step further by challenging the existence of Delicious by letting you create tags of websites you like.

Copy and paste the URL, it allows for a thumbnail view and plain hyperlink. On the bottom right of the interface on the screen are mint green and grey  Evernote adverts, so unobstrusive they do not disturb you, you actually do not mind the adverts…*Oh my, there goes a cute  one with very cool Evernote T-Shirts.*

The File drop down menu has the standard options, but includes the option to import from Microsoft Onenote.

You can export notes in Evernote *.Enex format or as html. One can also attach and save file attachments, Email the note, and guess what, create a WebCam note!

The Edit and View tabs are standard. Format offers the cool options of encrypting selected text,inserting tables, a stripped down onenote with the enhancements in all the right places.

Of course it works seamlessly with your online Evernote account, thats why there is a Sync button.

Another cool feature is the Evernote Trunk, a catalog of Evernote addons which you choose to add.

Unlike Onenote, Producteev and RTM which literally bombard you with other possible collection points online and offline,(which Evernote have too) Evernote lets you go into the trunk and pick your add-ons.

Other tabs are a quicklink to email a note, which sends it from your Evernote account.

On the top left is a monthly upload limit of 60MB which of course makes you more productive by not having a mass of notes, this limit is aimed at ensuring you are productive.

CONCLUSION

I know. You are a Producteev user and you want to tell me that I just listed all the features that Producteev has. Its not in what you have; its how you present your features. I ts in the execution. What more can I say. This is the best and most practical note application I have experienced so far!

NB: I used Evernote to write this blog post. The imaging is not as crisp as Windows Live Writer, which I use for blogging, proving my point, notes are for notes, and execution of productivity plans, and should not take the functionality of premium productivity tools.

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