Purpose: Canva offers individuals a way to design graphics and publish them. Designs range from Instagram post graphics to magazine covers, to desktop wallpaper and more.
Benefits: Canva provides a wide variety of designs you can build on or use as a jumping off point for your own creation. Even the free version has a lot of options to work with. The site also is a great source of design knowledge for beginners.
Cost: There is a free version; Canva for Work is $12.95/mo
Opinion: I’m not great at graphic design, and Canva lets me produce more professional looking graphics and images that I can then use for social media and other marketing material. I’ve used Canva for creating tip sheets, Instagram posts, and a lot of desktop wallpaper : ) So far, I have stuck with the free version, but there are benefits to the paid version, specifically the option to resize one graphic to meet other guidelines – taking an Instagram post and resizing it/optimizing it for Facebook.
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Purpose: Dropbox brings your files together, in one central place, syncing them across devices so you can access them anytime, anywhere. They also provide file sharing.
Benefits: Having a remote file management system like Dropbox is like having your own personal server – you can access your documents regardless of what device you are on. This is great for anyone using multiple devices or anyone who needs access to their documents outside the office.
Cost: $0, $10, $20/mo
Opinion: Dropbox is great as a file sharing platform. Although they do offer some sharing, they don’t allow document collaboration in the same way Google Drive does. This is okay because it allows Dropbox to be pure file management and sharing.
I use Dropbox as a personal server, and its an immense boost to my productivity to be able to access my documents regardless of which computer or digital device I am on. I prefer Dropbox over Google Drive if you are just using it to store/manage files, although Google Drive does have the collaboration advantage.
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When I worked at Barnes and Noble I loved shelving. I think it spoke to my organizer’s heart to put the books on their designated shelf, neatly arranged by author or subject. I’ll admit, I still adjust the books sometimes when I’m in there browsing.
It never failed, though. I’d have a customer looking for a book on slow cooking and we’d go to the shelf, scan the titles but no luck. Then later I’d find the book in question tucked away in another section, hiding between books on World War II.
And it’s worse on computers because when you go looking for a specific file, all you see is Document 1, New Document, Document 1(2), Monthly Report, and so on. Then you have to open up dozens of files to find the one that you’re looking for. Another hour wasted.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re ready to save time – and avoid frustration – when you’re working, let’s get together and talk about how to make it happen through document organizing.
My niece loves her stickers. Loves stickers on her duck, on her shirt, and laid out on the couch so she can see all of them at once. Life can be like that. Sometimes you’ve got everything lined up in a nice neat row. But sometimes everything’s a mess and it’s hard to find that thing you need.
It can be that way on your computer too. You need to work on a client’s project, so you go to your files, certain you’ll find the document you need to work on. But…it’s not there. And it’s not in your email, or your downloads folder, or anywhere else you look. You’re certain your client sent it, but now you can’t find it.
So what can you do? You’ve got to contact your client and ask them to resend the document. There’s no way around it. And no way to avoid feeling unprofessional.
But you don’t have to feel that way!
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How do you stay on task when it comes to getting things done?
Evernote + GTD + The Secret Weapon
I talk a lot about using the right tool for the right task, and how some tools aren’t designed to do everything. Evernote is an example of an app that, although it excels at content management, can be almost anything you need it to be. I use Evernote for task management and was talking recently with another professional organizer about how exactly I made that work. So….I thought I’d share with you how I’ve set up Evernote to be my to-do list.
I use some of the principles of Getting Things Done by David Allen when using Evernote for task management. The program called The Secret Weapon really helped me figure out how to marry the two. How I use Evernote is as follows:
When you move from one computer to another, do your bookmarks and settings follow you? Can you be reading an article in your office, then switch to your phone to finish the article as you wait in line at the store? If no, then what are you waiting for?
Chrome and Firefox both offer a version of account sync. You create an account, set up your browser to your preference – certain extensions, zoom level, home page, etc. – then when you log into another digital device and open the browser you will see the exact same setup. I have sync set up for Chrome, which is my primary browser, and Firefox which is my secondary browser.
Productivity wise, sync has been awesome because no matter what computer or device I am on, I have access to my bookmarks and recent tabs. I currently operate on three different computers and two mobile devices, so sync makes it mostly seamless. There have been a few hiccups trying to access recent tabs from another device (pulling up a web page I saw on my desktop when I am using my laptop), but overall its been great.
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