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Saying goodbye to pen and paper

January 16, 2013

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review has provoked a strong reaction to the idea of saying goodbye to the paper notebook. Here’s my own take on the experience of giving up on paper and pen. 4.00 22.95 Alexandra Samuel Those 25 characters, comprising a tip, a total and a signature, now represent the [...]

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Please help me launch my new Harvard Business ebook, Work Smarter with Evernote

December 17, 2012

On December 18th, Harvard Business Review Press will release my first ebook: Work Smarter with Evernote. This short guide shows how Evernote can help you become more focused and effective on the job—and get ahead in your career. I’d like to ask for your help: please buy a copy of book for yourself or as a gift for [...]

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8 hot ways Evernote can spice up your sex life

July 18, 2012
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“For doing your taxes”. “For shopping and to-do lists”. “For home improvement projects”. These are three of the very practical suggestions the Evernote blog has to offer as part of their 8 great ways couples can use Evernote shared notebooks blog post, which I just stumbled across today. But I worry that their list may perpetuate [...]

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What is Evernote, and how can it make you a social media power user?

October 25, 2011

Making effective use of social media isn’t about which tools you use, which networks you join or how many followers you have. People who have made social media a valuable, joyful part of their professional and personal lives are people who have made a number of fundamental shifts in the way they work, relate and [...]

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4 great ways to use Evernote with Skitch today — plus 14 new possibilities

August 19, 2011

You know how happy you feel when you find out that two of your good friends have hooked up and are now a couple? That’s how I felt yesterday when I heard that note-taking and information management powerhouse Evernote had acquired screen capture and image uploader Skitch. (If you’re unfamiliar with these two awesome tools, [...]

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The 9 secrets of a successful marriage (to a web application like Evernote)

May 2, 2011

On August 2 I will celebrate my third anniversary as an Evernote user. For the past three years I’ve put just about all of my notes into the fifty-odd “notebooks” in my Evernote database, including the “Alex blog 140″ notebook I created to hold my drafts for this series. I use Evernote on my Macbook [...]

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12 inspired dry erase products and tips for whiteboard lovers

November 9, 2010

For those moments when MindJet, MindMeister, Popplet and other electronic options are just too constraining, the stationery overlords invented dry erase…everything. In the process of writing about how to create a whiteboard for your laptop, I found these crazy awesome dry erasable everythings: A kick-ass dry erase wall calendar on Etsy. I kind of want [...]

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Social media for journalists: 10 ways to use Evernote

October 26, 2010

If social media is rewriting the rules of field after field, then publishing may be the field where its impact has been most immediate..and often, most painful. Yesterday, Chris Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Centre posted an interview with me about this very subject in CCC’s Beyond the Book podcast. Our conversation gave me a [...]

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5 solutions to hyperthinking and hypertasking

May 31, 2010

While working my way through the consultation paper on Canada’s Digital Advantage, I found myself: investigating the best way to copy and paste text from a PDF to Evernote, leading to an open browser window with a series of tabs about various options for Mac/Evernote integration considering the best way to annotate the PDF on [...]

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5 solutions for coping with social media

May 8, 2010

Read Gillian Shaw’s story about my social media methodology in the Vancouver Sun. Is social media something you have to cope with? Or is social media something that can help you cope? In my talk today at the Northern Voice blogging conference, I made my best case for social media as a coping mechanism. Yes, [...]

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9 ways social media can support your creativity

January 18, 2010

Creativity often demands social connection: for support, for feedback, for collaborators. Social media can help.

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