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Five ‘Evernote 5’ Improvements You Should Know

Five ‘Evernote 5’ Improvements You Should Know

Evernote is a popular note-taking application that Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry users have been enjoying for a while now. The recent spike in popularity over the past year sparked the product to create a new update to their already successful application. If you just updated or contemplating the thought of updating to Evernote 5, here are the seven features you should know about Evernote 5 for Mac before getting started.

Better Organized Interface

The first improvement of Evernote 5 that you will notice is the new interface. Evernote was smart in doing a nice redone without making it seem like they gutted out the old design entirely. Veteran users, like myself, find it easy to navigate around. The main change is the added left column. In this column, you are presented with quick access to your recent notes, access notebooks, tags, and more.

When focusing a bit on the improved interface, we also noticed a new way in viewing notebooks. In this more expanded view, we have the ability to see a dedicated page of all of our notebooks we have with us. You can see the name, number of notes within that specific notebook, all in a notebook-like design.

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Of course, you can right-click for more features like sharing and settings options, all of which are also available by hovering your arrow over the specific notebook.

    Finding Yourself with Atlas

    Evernote allows you to attach location to your notes in the application. When coupled with the fact that you can create notes using your mobile device, it may be considered more important than ever to see where your notes were taken. This is made possible in Evernote 5 with Atlas. The mapping feature presents your location-attached notes all on one page, categorized by location name.

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    If you’ve spent more time in a particular location or want to have a closer look within that region, Evernote 5 allows you to view these notes on a map. When viewing in map mode, the bottom center area of the screen allows you to zoom in/out of the map. The bottom left button allows you to go directly to your current location.

    The Atlas feature is quite handy for individuals who use Evernote for to-do lists, travel note-taking, or any other type of note-taking that may make use of location in any way.

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      Working Together – Made Much Better

      Applications like Dropbox have pushed the movement for a more digital lifestyle in document and digital sharing. Evernote has always allowed for notebook collaboration, however, Evernote 5 was truly the update that pushed for more of a focus on collaboration in notes and notebooks. Just like with the previous version, Evernote 5 has an icon that denotes whether or not a notebook is currently shared or not.

      When clicking the satellite button at the top left region of Evernote allows you to view updates that have occurred within each shared folder. With names and all, you’ll be able to see who added what to the folder, when, and more. See something in the folder that’s missing? Evernote’s activity feed allows you to view who took the item out and when. Plus, there’s no need to keep Evernote running to receive these updates. When not in use, Evernote 5 sends these alerts to Notification Center.

      All of these features are dealing with Evernote notes. You can still share notes with Evernote, with the same features. This is perfect if you have a document or a single piece of text you need to share without the need of creating a new notebook.

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      Improved Note Creation

      I am easily distracted when doing just about anything. Evernote 5 has found a way to help prevent this with their new editing view. By just going into full screen, Evernote 5 allows you to reduce the distractions around you and focus on the notes at hand. Of course, aside from this, all of your other editing features have stayed the same. You can still add in photos and other multimedia, check-lists, charts, and text formatting.

      More Productive Searching

      Finally, let’s go a bit into Evernote’s search improvements. If you are an active user, you need a better way to dig into your notes and Evernote makes this easy with their new “TypeAhead” search feature. Instead of having to search and hope to get results for what you want to search, Evernote 5 allows you to type and get  note titles in your results right away.

      If you frequently search something, for example, if you did what I did and scanned restaurant menus that you frequent, you may want to add “restaurant menus” search as a shortcut on the lefthand side of your Evernote 5. This makes it a lot easier to refer back to in no time. If you want a more in-depth search, you have the ability to add a search option (search just tags, titled etc).

      In what ways has Evernote 5 made you more excited to use the application? In what was has it made you more productive? Let us know in the comments below!

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      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

      Joe’s Goals

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        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

        Daytum

          Daytum

          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

          Excel or Numbers

            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

            Evernote

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              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

              Access or Bento

                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                Conclusion

                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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