Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

What do you do with life’s constant stream of snippets of information: all that stuff you need to remember, or pass on to someone, throughout each day?

Snippets like someone’s name, or a phone number, or a reminder to replace the batteries in your keyboard… Those items of information which aren’t tasks, or appointments, and which are hard to categorize.

They’re not important enough to add to an information store like Evernote, or to your To Do list. They’re ephemeral, like Twitter. And as you might expect, there’s a Twitter-like app to deal with them: Fetchnotes.

I downloaded Fetchnotes because it sounded as if it might be the perfect way to take a quick note on my phone without making a production of it.

Fetchnotes: find and collaborate, with hashtags and mentions

Once I started using it, I was amazed at how perfect it is.

At its simplest, it’s a note-taking app. However, it’s also a way of sending someone a quick message. I find myself referring to Fetchnotes’ tab in the Chrome browser often through the day.

Your snippets are easy to find, either with the search function, or via the tags list. Just as with Twitter, adding a hashtag to a note makes it easy to find.

If you want to send someone a quick message: “pick up some milk on the way home”, or “project completed”, just type “@” plus an address book name, a phone number, or an email address. Your recipient doesn’t even need to be a Fetchnotes user.

Want to attach something to a note? You can attach files, images, anything you like, no matter where the file is stored.

Once you’re done with a note, archive or delete it.

I use Fetchnotes for snippets of information, but you can enter longer notes if you wish. If the muse grabs you, and you want to write a scene from your novel, go ahead. Fetchnotes can handle it.

Fetchnotes is free

Since Fetchnotes is free on popular devices; check it out. You may find it as useful as I do.


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Be Lazy AND Productive: 4 Stress-Free Tips

Be Lazy AND Productive
Be Lazy AND Productive

 No one survives. As the Anne Lammott says: “100 years from now? All new people”. Whatever we’re obsessing about today is trivial when you take the long view. And stress is not only pointless, it may shave a few years off the time you have.

So – relax.

You can be both productive, and lazy. If you’ve got a cat, you’ve got the ultimate role model for laziness and productivity. Think of big cats – lions. They lie around, until they need to move. Then they move.

Back in January, I wrote this blog post:

Here’s something which helped me to bolster my determination to keep my resolutions. I spent half an hour looking through my 2012 notes in my Evernote account.

I love Evernote for many reasons, but that’s a big one. The longer you use it, the more you get out of it. I’ve been a Premium user since 2009, so I can watch my obsessions change over time. As the years go by, you can see how trivial some of your obsessions are in retrospect. Your current biggest worry won’t matter after you’re dead – it won’t even matter next year.

Try these tips to be both lazy and productive.

1. Sleep on it (seriously)

Got a problem? Write it down. Then forget it for now. The “write it down” part is the magic. When you write something down, it lodges in your brain, and triggers your subconscious mind. Allow your subconscious to come up with the answer for you. It will.

From Healthline:

The funny thing about your brain, as researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently discovered, is that it’ll keep solving a problem for you while you do something else. In fact, giving your subconscious time to work makes for better decisions.

Your subconscious has huge processing power. Let go of the problem so it can work on it.

2. Be the hare AND the tortoise

Everything moves in cycles. So does your body and brain. Try quick sprints of activity, during which you focus, interspersed with periods in which you relax.

The Pomodoro Technique helps you to work in sprints. You don’t have to work in 25 minute blocks of time. Use ten-minute sprints for some tasks, 45-minute sprints for others. The total cycle of focus/ relaxation is key.

3. Life is short. Your To Do List is never-ending

You’ll NEVER get everything done. Fact. Accept it. If you’re worn out at the end of the day, and commit to pulling an all-nighter to meet a deadline, consider that that strong burst of productivity can lower your over-all productivity for at least a week.

Since you’ll never get everything done, trim your task list to a Post-it.

4. Your life on a Post-it note

Post-it note in Evernote
Post-it note in Evernote

Grab a stack of Post-its. Use one for each day and write a maximum of three items on your daily note. Perhaps you’ll have just a single item – but no more than three. After you cross off your three items you can be as lazy as you like.

My favorite app, Evernote, has just made it easy for you to snap your Post-its into your Evernote notes. (I snapped the above image of a Post-it into Evernote.)

You CAN be productive, and lazy. Try it.

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Get Productive: 5 Simple Steps to To Do List Mastery

To Do List

Although working from home has its benefits (no commute, for one), it also has pitfalls. I’m coaching an entrepreneur who’s getting a new business off the ground. She’s pregnant, so she’s uncomfortable with morning sickness which she says is more like “all day sickness”, and is coping with a toddler as well.

Before we started working together, Sylvia was frazzled. Her To Do List was getting longer. For various reasons, she couldn’t put off the launch of her business. She had to find a way to manage everything that needed to be done.

The following simple steps have helped her to feel in charge again.

1. Morning Review: what’s today’s headline act?

This process, creating a Daily Log, has helped me, so I recommended the process to Sylvia:

As soon as I hit my computer each morning, I create a new Daily Log note in my Journal notebook in Evernote. Whenever I think of it — every hour or so — I note the time, and what I’ve been doing.

Sylvia picked ONE task per day, which absolutely had to be done. That task was her “headline act”. If the task looked as if it would take longer than half an hour, she chunked it down, so that it had a number of sub-tasks. She could do these easily, working around whatever else was happening. (Taking little Ben to day care, errands, phone calls, etc.)

On the other hand, if she needed to attend a meeting, and that was her headline act, she created a solid block of time. For example, if the meeting was scheduled for 11 AM, with 30 minutes traveling time, she blocked off the entire morning, and lunch, for the meeting.

By giving herself lots of time, Sylvia could attend meetings feeling calm and relaxed. She could also focus on the meeting’s agenda. (See #4.)

2. Clear your email’s Inbox (and close it)

If a response will take fewer than two minutes, respond. Otherwise, turn each message into a task and add it to your calendar program.

Can someone else handle the query? Forward the message to them.

You’ll have some messages which don’t need a response. Add these to a “Read Later” folder.

Once you’ve handled your messages, close your email client.

Sylvia found that checking her email twice a day was enough. Without the distraction, she got more done.

3. Burn out the undergrowth (eliminate or delegate)

To Do Lists always grow. Trim them back every day if you can. Can you eliminate or delegate tasks? Do it.

4. Always have an agenda

Your headline act is your agenda for the day. Everything you do should have agenda, or goal. Glue a little sticky note onto your computer monitor: “Why am I doing this?” Create another note to stick onto your car’s dashboard.

The stickies will remind you that you only need to do something if you have a reason for doing it. This eliminates lots of time-wasting activities.

For example, if someone calls you to chat in the middle of your work day, you’ll be reminded that there’s no agenda, so you can call them later.

5. Sunset Review: your DONE list

Review what you’ve done at the close of the business day. Reschedule anything you need to reschedule.

Be proud of today’s achievements. Tomorrow is another day.

Sylvia’s found these five steps useful; try them.