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How to Use Evernote to Plan Your Blogging

How to Use Evernote to Plan Your Blogging


    I’ve been an avid user of Evernote for quite some time–heck, I even used it exclusively to plan my book!

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    As I got back into blogging regularly, I realized I needed to also get back into planning, scheduling, and organizing my posts and my thoughts. Evernote, it turns out, was a perfect solution. If you’re like most people in the world, “blogging” is a second- or third-priority item, after your 9-5 job. While many people want to blog, maintaining a steady schedule and still finding the time to write can be challenging.

    Basically, Evernote is a multi-platform program that allows you to keep virtual “notebooks” close at hand. You create notebooks and notes, and you’re given a set amount of space per month free of charge (the premium versions allow for additional storage space). Here’s a rundown of what Evernote has to offer bloggers:

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    • Multi-platform. I have a MacBook Pro and an Android phone, but at work I use a PC. I want to be sure I can take my notes on any device–whatever I’m currently using.
    • Syncing. Evernote is awesome at syncing between devices. I’ve never had an issue getting my notes I’ve taken on my phone or my MacBook Pro to my PC at work, or vice-versa.
    • Flexible. Other than organizing by a hierarchical “tree”-style of notes inside of notebooks, Evernote doesn’t care how you use it. Name your notes and notebooks anything from blog/website titles to website addresses.
    • Great, working design. Since I’m a Mac user, this one’s important. I haven’t found any bugs or any design stumbling blocks in Evernote–it seems to work as well as I’d hoped!

    So, how have I been using Evernote to increase my productivity when it comes to my blog?

    Specifically, I’ve been using it to both schedule (and sometimes write) my posts and organize my general thoughts. Instead of just writing everything into an Excel spreadsheet or a Word document, I can create a notebook called “LiveHacked.com” (the name of my site), with sub-notebooks. Here is a list of the sub-notebooks I find helpful:

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    • Blog Post Ideas.” This notebook helps me keep a running list of blog post headlines and topics. I come across some cool ideas during the workday, and need a place to write them down (if I don’t write it down, it won’t happen!). I can tweak the headlines, add/remove them, and just get a basic idea of how they’ll look.
    • Blog Post Categories.” For the planning stage of any blog, it’s important to know what categories you’ll be posting under. I like to have a few notes set aside where I can manage my category landing pages. This improves my on-site SEO, but it also makes my blog much more navigable for my users.
    • Blog Posts.” This notebook has any current posts or snippets that I want to keep track of. Usually I can just open WordPress and type a post draft, but it’s sometimes easier to not have to log in, navigate to my posts, etc. Plus, Evernote works while I’m offline (it’s a downloadable app), so I don’t need to have an internet connection until I’m ready to sync.
    • Calendar.” I like to keep a schedule of my posts, both for my site and for guest posts on other sites. I’m in the middle of a large guest-posting campaign, so it’s adamant that I know when and where my writing will go live around the web, so I can link/share it with my networks and be around to follow up with commenters.
    • SEO.” At one point I had an SEO notebook (I don’t use it much anymore–now it’s on a spreadsheet) that I used to track my backlinks, keywords, and SEO for my site. It was nice to be able to add a quick link when I was at work and came across a site that I could target for a backlink.

    There are numerous other ways I’ve used Evernote for blogging, but these are probably the main things most people could get use out of. Again, Evernote isn’t the only solution for blog management, but I find it absolutely wonderful. It’s dead-simple to use, and includes a wide array of helpful tips and tricks to keep you productive.

    If you haven’t ever tried it, give it a shot sometime — and leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

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    Last Updated on October 17, 2019

    How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

    How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

    You see your partner every single day. They are the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss goodnight.

    But does seeing each other day in and day out equal a healthy relationship? Not necessarily.

    Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

    What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust.

    Quality time is also about expressing love in a physical way. Not sex, necessarily (but that’s great, too!) but through hand-holding, cuddling, caressing, and tickling. Studies show that these displays of affection will boost partner satisfaction.[1]

    So how do you spend quality time with your partner? Here are 13 relationship tips on making the most out of your time with your partner.

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    1. Recognize the Signs

    If you want a healthy relationship, you have to learn how to recognize the signs that you need to spend more quality time together.

    Some telltale signs include:

    • You’re always on your phones.
    • You value friendships or hobbies over quality time with your spouse.
    • You aren’t together during important events.
    • You are arguing more often or lack connection.
    • You don’t make plans or date nights.
    • You’re not happy.

    If you are experiencing any of these relationship symptoms, know that quality time together can reverse the negative effects of the signs above.

    2. Try New Things Together

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument or speak another language? How about skydive or ballroom dance?

    Instead of viewing these as solo hobbies and interests, why not involve your partner?

    Trying new activities together builds healthy relationships because it encourages spouses to rely on one another for emotional and physical support.

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    Shared hobbies also promote marital friendship, and the Journal of Happiness Studies found that marital satisfaction was twice as high for couples who viewed each other as best friends.[2]

    3. Schedule in Tech-Free Time

    Your phone is a great way to listen to music, watch videos, and keep up-to-date with friends and family. But is your phone good for your relationship?

    Many couples phone snub, or ‘phub’, one another. Studies show that phubbing can lower relationship satisfaction and increase one’s chances of depression.[3]

    Reduce those chances by removing distractions when spending quality time together and showing your partner they have your full attention.

    4. Hit the Gym as a Couple

    One way you can spend more time together as a couple is by becoming workout partners. Studies show that couples are more likely to stay with their exercise routine if they work out together.[4] Couples also work out harder than they would solo. One study found that 95 percent of couples who work out together maintained weight loss compares to the 66 percent of singles who did.[5]

    Join a gym, do at-home couples’ workouts, try couples yoga, hit the hiking trails, or get your bikes out. No matter which way you choose to exercise, these healthy activities can promote a healthy relationship.

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    5. Cook Meals Together

    Pop open a bottle of wine or put some romantic music on while you get busy – in the kitchen, of course!

    One of the best relationship tips for spending quality time together when you both have busy schedules is to cook meals together.[6]

    Spice things up and try and prepare a four-course meal or a fancy French dish together. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time together, but it also promotes teamwork.

    If all goes well, you’ll have a romantic date night meal at home that you prepared with your four hands. And if the food didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, you are guaranteed to have a laugh and create new memories together.

    6. Have a Regular Date Night

    Couples experience a greater sense of happiness and less stress when they are spending quality time together.[7] One of the biggest relationship tips for a healthy partnership is to include a date night in your weekly routine.

    The National Marriage Project found that having a weekly date night can make your relationship seem more exciting and helps prevent relationship boredom.[8] It also lowers the probability of divorce, improves your sex life, and increases healthy communication.

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    Some great ideas for what to do on your date night include:

    • Have a movie marathon – Gather up your favorite flicks and cuddle up on the couch.
    • Play games together – Cards, board games, video games, and other creative outlets are a fun way to spend quality time together.
    • Recreate your first date – Go back to that restaurant and order the same meal you did when you first got together. You can spice up your evening by pretending you’re strangers meeting for the first time and see how sexy the night gets.
    • Plan a weekend getaway – There’s nothing better than traveling with the one you love.
    • Dinner and a movie – A classic!
    • Try a new restaurant – Make it your mission to rate and try all of the Mexican restaurants/Irish pubs/Italian trattorias in your area.
    • Have a long sex session – Intimacy promotes the release of the oxytocin hormone which is responsible for a myriad of great feelings.[9]

    Here’re even more date night ideas for your reference: 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples

    Final Thoughts

    The benefits of spending quality time together are endless. Here are just some of the ways it can contribute to a healthy relationship:

    • Improves emotional and physical intimacy
    • Lowers divorce rates
    • Improves communication
    • Reduces marital boredom
    • Bonds couples closer
    • Improves friendship
    • Boosts health
    • Reduces stress

    These are all excellent reasons to start making date night a regular part of your week.

    It’s easy to have a healthy relationship when you set aside dedicated time to share with your spouse. Try new things together, make your spouse your workout buddy, and look for innovative ways to be close and connected.

    These relationship tips will bring great benefits to your marriage.

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