Behind-the-scenes: How I use Evernote to be more efficient and stay focused

Behind-the-scenes: How I use Evernote to be more efficient and stay focused

I am constantly asked how I use Evernote. So today, as part of a three-part series, I’d like to take you behind-the-scenes and show you exactly how I use Evernote to power my business. Stay tuned next week for a behind-the-scenes look at how I manage my content marketing, and then the following week for a look into why I switched from Aweber to ConvertKit. Evernote has long been my favourite tool, and the one I use daily. The way I’ve used it has changed over the years, but its value to me never has. In fact, as I set up new systems and advance the way I use Evernote, it’s value to my business only continues to increase. First, know that I am a tech lover and often an early adopter. I’ve been using Evernote actively since July 5, 2009, and my use has only grown over the years. And while I’m often a loyalist to tools I love, I won’t continue to use them if they don’t integrate and work across all my business platforms. This is one of the many things I love about Evernote – it integrates with many of the tools I already use. So let me show you the way I’ve set up Evernote for my business (and life).  I don’t intend for this to be an Evernote tutorial, but rather a glimpse into how Evernote can actually be applied. I often can figure out *how* to use something, but love to see how other people are putting it to use. That’s the purpose of today’s post. If you are looking for a comprehensive step-by-step users manual, I highly...
How to never lose focus again with this one tool (BPP #015)

How to never lose focus again with this one tool (BPP #015)

Are you working ON not just IN your business? Most entrepreneurs, particularly those that are service-based, spend most of their working hours doing one of two things: 1) servicing their clients and 2) doing low-level admin tasks like email processing, social media perusing and chatting, and jumping from idea to idea or task to task. While providing stellar service is a critical component of your business, and handling the daily admin tasks of your business still need to get done, they shouldn’t come at the expense of finding time to work on the development and growth of YOUR business. And that’s why you need today’s tool to make the most important stuff happen. On today’s episode, I give you the tool I use to grow my business and I use with all my clients. And then I walk you through the six key areas you must be focusing on as the CEO of your business (and how to find time to do it). Listen to today’s episode to find out more.     How to never lose focus again with this one tool Click To Tweet PRO Tip: Schedule time to work on, not just in your business. Here’s how: Click To Tweet Learn the 6 key tasks every CEO should be focusing on. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: CEO Fast Track Guide My PRO Plan Early Bird list  PRO Project Plan: a 90-day roadmap to make your big idea happen The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber  Beyond PRO Podcast archives Plan for Success No. 1, How to get over your fear of planning Plan for Success No. 2,...
Boost your chances with a set of these (BPP #014)

Boost your chances with a set of these (BPP #014)

Ever wonder what it really takes to sustain success? You probably know what you need to do to create positive change in your business. Maybe you’ve even tried to put some of these changes into place. But at some point, you fall off the wagon and can’t sustain the action you previously committed to. Why is that? And what would it take to actually do what you say you’re going to do, over the long haul? I believe you’ll drastically increase your chances of success with a set of these. Curious? Listen to today’s episode to find out more.       Boost your chances of success with a set of these. Click To Tweet What does it take to sustain success? Find out in today’s Beyond PRO Podcast episode. Click To Tweet Want to make your big idea happen? Start with a set of these. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: >>PRO Project Plan: a 90-day roadmap to make your big idea happen << (free download) Headspace (meditation app)  5 Minute Journal (for gratitude practice) Thanks for listening! I want to thank you for listening and to those that have taken the time to review the show. If you like the Beyond PRO Podcast, please consider leaving an honest review in iTunes. Your review goes a long way to help this podcast get found by more people. Thank you! You can review & rate the show here Beyond PRO...
The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm (BPP #013)

The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm (BPP #013)

It’s easy to come up with great ideas and exciting projects. I bet you have a million of them right? But how are you at turning those great ideas into reality – a finished product your business can continue to benefit from? For many entrepreneurs (especially us solos), this is where things can get a little dicey. The ideas are great, but executing on them until completion? That feels way too hard. We get overwhelmed in the details. We aren’t sure where to start. We go strong for a couple of weeks only to flounder when we hit the messy middle. But there’s one easy way to ensure you make your big idea happen. It’s called reverse-engineering and I break it down for you in the second episode of our 4-part Plan for Success Series. (Missed part one? Click here at to listen in). And to ensure your success, I’ve created a comprehensive PRO Project Plan that you can download for free, and use each time you have a project you want to reap the rewards of rather than languish in the oneday-someday bin. So, go grab your copy by clicking here and then follow along with me as I break it down bit by bit. My hope is that you’ll never get overwhelmed by a big project again, and you’ll start to put this roadmap to work in your business today. Enjoy the episode:         Want to go from big idea to reality? You’ve got to do this first. Click To Tweet The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm Click To Tweet Ready to make...
How to get over your fear of planning (BPP #012)

How to get over your fear of planning (BPP #012)

Welcome to the first episode in the Plan for Success series! As the summer winds down, many of us are starting the process of planning for the final quarter of 2015 and even prepping for 2016. It’s my favourite time of year in many ways — I always get a surge of business energy in August and September, and my planning goes into hyper-drive. And so, I’ve created a new series for the podcast to run in August called Plan for Success. Each week, we’ll look at a core component of what it takes to have a solid plan for your business. I want to set you up for success this Fall with clarity, focus and solid direction. Today, I’m speaking to you if you’ve resisted planning — maybe you’re scared because you don’t know where to start, or you think it’ll kibosh your creativity, or you think planning is only for the big guys. In this episode, I’m going to bust the three biggest fears and objections I hear when it comes to planning, and give you five additional benefits to making time in your calendar to plan. If growth, focus and clarity is on your business agenda this Fall, don’t miss this episode. Enjoy the episode:     New! Plan for Success series on the Beyond PRO Podcast. Tune in! Click To Tweet Do you resist planning for your business? You might reconsider after listening to this… Click To Tweet Get ready for Q3 with a kick-start to your planning process. Click To Tweet The 3 big fears of planning – BUSTED on today’s Beyond PRO Podcast...
When minor tasks aren’t so minor

When minor tasks aren’t so minor

Are minor tasks taking you all day? Let’s face it – it’s easy to get to the end of the day and realize we’ve spend the bulk of it dealing with the minor and minutia. If you find yourself spending all day to compose an email, write and article, or create a memorable video, chances are that you’re getting very, very distracted. Rather than get to theoretical about what’s getting in the way of your focus (we’ll save that for another post), I simply want to give you some easy-to-apply distraction-busting tips. Because remember, working better doesn’t mean working harder. These are simple tips that carry a powerful punch: 1. Kill your internet. Your mind will be blown at how much more productive you are at a computer with no internet connection. No “research” that transforms into a search for the perfect crazy cat video. No twitter, IM, phone, or any other element that crushes your time. Gather your research materials, and when it’s time to put rubber to the road, cut your internet off – it’s too tempting to write when a stress reliving diversion is just a mouse click away. When I’m really getting distracted, I grab my notebook and a favourite pen and head for the closest coffee shop or outdoor area. Some of my best ideas have come without a tech boost. 2. Addition by subtraction. The brain works in very strange ways. The more stuff you can see, the more your brain can latch onto it and create an “urgent matter” in your brain – notice how easy it is to get distracted by...

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