No more piles of notebooks
Evernote is a web application which is also available to download on to mobile devices, desktop PCs, lap tops and just about every computer. This means that you can literally use it anywhere and it will sync with on all your devices and the website.
Why use it?
* You can log on to the web version (http://www.evernote.com/) anywhere with an internet connection and you can share your notes so it is a great way of quickly creating a simple web page or putting a plan together.
* You can clip all or part of a webpage into a note by using the web clipping tool (this is easier to install at work on Firefox than on Internet Explorer).
* You can create checklists so you can tick the boxes to keep track of what you have done.
* You can tag notes so notes in different notebooks can all use the same tage and be found on a search.
* If you are using it on a mobile device you can add a location so you can see all notes made at that location by you.
Evernote is particularly useful for projects as this video shows:
Examples of Evernote uses
- Create a note
- Tag it
- Share it
Instructions and some more information are available here.
One of the most popular scheduling tools is Doodle. Doodle is free, easy to use and doesn’t require any registration (although it offers added features to registered users). For this week’s Thing, please explore Doodle and, if you can, give it a try for scheduling something.
- Go to http://www.doodle.com/.
- Click on the Schedule Event button.
- Follow instructions for Steps 1-4 each time clicking ‘next’ to get to the next page. Decide on the dates that you are free and the time slots within each date that you are free and add them in the chart.
- At Step 4 you need to decide whether you want to send an email to your colleagues yourself or whether you want Doodle to do this.
- If you have chosen to send the poll out yourself then check your emails from Doodle and follow the clear instructions in them.
- Send the link out and wait for response!
You can view your responses at any time by visiting the Administration link. Once everyone has
replied, all that’s left is to choose the time that everyone can do, and let everyone know.
You can integrate Doodle with other online tools, including your Microsoft Outlook calendar, Google calendar or iCal; Doodle can sync meetings you set up with these calendars and update based on poll results. Doodle’s calendar integration page provides more info on how to set these up.
Doodle isn’t the only online scheduling tool, although it is one of the most popular. You might want to explore other options such as Meet-o-Matic or Scheduly.
Thing 11: Invite some other participants to meet up using the instructions above.
Remember the Milk (RTM) is a To-do list which you can access online or on a mobile device and link to Gmail. For the cool extra thing this week create a list and share it with other 23 Things Participants. You can also link it to Outlook but you need a plugin which requires admin rights to install.
RTM allows you to create various lists so you can separate your to-do lists. The default is personal, work, and study but you can create more in the settings section.
This is a 23 Things List showing the different weeks as individual tasks. Details of the different tasks are in the notes section and the tasks have been tagged with the initials of the people doing them so we can search for our own tasks:
You can share tasks amongst a team by adding other RTM users as contacts (they also have to add you back). Tasks that have been shared with you appear in your inbox.
It is possible to add a location to a task and these are linked to Google Maps so you can view them all on a map. You have to create the location before you can use it but once it is created you can keep using it.
To set up an account go to: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/.
Remember the Milk has a great Getting Started Guide and blog which have lots of helpful hints plus things you can do with it including using it with Twitter and Siri (for iPhone users).