20 February 2020

App Review – OneNote




Purpose: OneNote is a digital note taking app. It provides you a place to collect your thoughts and ideas. In OneNote you can also store articles, images, videos and more all in one place for easy reference. 

Benefits: OneNote provides a centralized place to “brain dump” everything that is in your head, as well as a place to plan and store information. Notes are organized in a Notebook – Section – Page/Note setup, which allows for easy navigation and search. Where Evernote notes are very linear, OneNote notes can be set up much like a collage or inspiration board. This is great for those who don’t always think in a straight line. The app is cloud-based as well as desktop, allowing you to sync across all devices – iOS/Mac and Android/PC

Cost: There is an always free cloud-based option. You can also get OneNote as part of the Office365 subscription from Microsoft.

Opinion: I’m a big fan of note taking/information management apps. Those who know me, know I am devoted to Evernote. That being said, OneNote is a very similar app, but a great alternative for those looking for a different interface. The collage setup/page option can be very useful when planning a project. Like Evernote, it has a web clipper option for adding online content to your notes.

If you’re interested in learning more about what Evernote can do, check out the following blog post – Evernote and Getting Things Done

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6 February 2020

What to do when your routine falters




My three cats love their routine. Each day at 4:30 I get out the bowls and a can of food and we go through our steps. Murphy circles the kitchen island while I spoon out the food. Then we all go to the ‘feeding rug’ and set down the bowls in a very specific order. Ta da, dinner time!

Everything goes along smoothly as long as the routine is followed. But if dinner is late, or it’s that one time when Mimzy insisted on being fed in the hallway, then everything falls apart. There’s panic, crying, and running around the room like the sky is falling.

It can be like that for us, too. We’ve all got our routines. Those processes we follow that keep us organized and on top of our things. But life happens to all of us and it can throw us for a loop. It could be a family emergency, a change in job status, or even something seemingly unimportant like construction during our daily commute. 

Whatever it is that happens, we fall out of our routine and start to become disorganized. Piles begin to form on our desk and it just gets easier and easier to add to the mess, especially when your time is limited. Next thing you know it seems like everything is disorganized and there’s no way to get back to how it used to be.

Now is the time to call in help. 

I work with entrepreneurs who would consider themselves organized, once upon a time. But life happened, they fell out of a routine, and things got disorganized. That’s okay because it’s never a bad time to reassess your situation and reset your routines. 

My goal is to get you back to an organized way of life – a lifestyle that makes it easier to deal with life’s bumps and stumbles. If you’re ready to reset, give me a call.

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23 January 2020

Papers – What to keep and what to toss




I still have my original birth certificate and social security card. They’re both worn with age and tucked away safely until needed. My old pay stubs from working at the bookstore? Those were tossed years ago along with old birthday cards from school friends. Grad school papers on my computer? Yep, still got those. Receipts from four years ago? Those are on my computer as well. 

However, holding on to things only increases the amount of clutter in your office and home. So what are you supposed to do? You can’t, and shouldn’t, keep everything. But how are you to know what stays and what goes?
It can be hard to know what to keep and what to let go of when it comes to your paperwork, especially when you are talking about digital documents. Yes, you could hang on to digital files longer since they appear to take up less space. But the question becomes, do you need to?  

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6 November 2019

Managing Tech/Life Balance




Look up the effect technology is having on our lives and chances are you’ll see this cartoon. It’s decrying how much time we spend on our devices, even when we’re with each other.

But why is that so bad? This picture is me and my husband nearly every night. After supper, we sit down in the living room and play on our computer (him), work (me), and watch TV together (kinda). And even though we spend a lot of time focused on our screens, we still talk…because we’re together, not off in our separate offices staring at our screens alone.

Is that a good example of tech/ life balance? Or is all tech bad when you’re with other people? Does it depend on the activity you’re doing? I’d love to know what you think!

10 October 2019

How to handle record-breaking email




It’s fair season here in North Texas and the newsman tonight reported that the Grand Champion steer sold for a record $155,000. It was a good looking cow, objectively speaking, all creamy yellow and doe-eyed.  Was it worth $155,000? Who knows. I couldn’t tell you if that was an impressive number or not – cows aren’t my thing. 

But email is my thing. I’ve seen unread counts of 70, 700, even 70,000. That last one might have been close to record-breaking email – although I’d bet someone can beat it. It seems everywhere I go, someone has a higher unread count than the last person I’ve talked to. When I ask them ‘how do you feel about that?’, most people shrug and say it’s just life, probably won’t ever be any different.

They’re wrong. It doesn’t matter how high your unread email count is, you can get your email under control and keep it that way. Yes, it takes a little work, but it is doable. The first step is accepting that you’re never going to read all those unread messages. Chances are, you’ve read some of them already using your phone or tablet.

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8 August 2019

Organizing to Fight Anxiety




Anti-anxiety meds and organization have more in common than you would think.

I used to be a nervous wreck – stressed out about everything, constantly second-guessing and wondering if I was making the right decisions or saying the right things. Heaven forbid if a major disaster or life change came along and amped everything up to 11. 

But now I take pills to manage my anxiety. Sanity savers, I call them, and they really do help me keep control of my life. Somebody once told me that anti-anxiety pills help us manage the day to day things so that when the major issues come along, we’ve got the bandwidth or energy to deal with them.

Organizing works the same way. Having an organized workspace, an organized life, seems to make things flow smoother. Makes getting things done a little easier. You stress less about missing documents, or too many emails, or getting out of the office on time.

And when everything is humming along as it should, you’ve got the energy for that last-minute client request or that project deadline that just got moved up by two days.

So how is your day going? Could you use a little organization to make it easier? Ilios Digital can help! Schedule your Discovery Call and we can get started today!

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