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ProTip: Mailbox + Evernote + IFTTT

ProTip: Mailbox + Evernote + IFTTT

Today I’m going to show you a quick trick using a combination of apps and online tools for your iPhone or iPad. The end result is sending your emails to Evernote with one swipe. If your wondering why someone would do that, let me give you a little introduction into The Secret Weapon.

The Secret Weapon

To understand why you would want to use this little Lifehack, I need to introduce you to The Secret Weapon: A No BS Approach to Productivity. It combines Evernote with David Allen’s Getting Things Done method.

The Secret Weapon is a free organizational methodology for both professional and personal aspects of life that re-organizes emails, ideas, and every to-do big and small into one system that stays synchronized across a person’s computers as well as their smart phones.

The best method for productivity is to make everything simple and unified. The less you have to do, the better. With the Secret Weapon, you bring emails and more into an inbox for your brain to dump all thoughts, and the Secret Weapon is setup for you to sort all of those thoughts, ideas, tasks, and more into a single platform.

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In this article, I am going to share a Lifehack that allows you to take any email and send it directly to Evernote. With that, let’s get started!

1. Mailbox

First you will need to install Mailbox, an iOS email client for Gmail users. Then you need to create a list and name it “Evernote” (case sensitive).

mailbox_list

    More Reading: Mailbox Review: The Best Email Client Ever

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    2. Evernote

    This step is easy; just decide which notebook you want the emails to go to. Have the notebook’s name (case sensitive) on hand when moving on to step three.

    Evernote-for-Mailbox

      More Reading: An Introduction to Evernote

      3. IFTTT

      I have created a IFTTT receipt to give you a head start. You will need your Gmail and Evernote channels activated for this receipt to work. Make sure the Evernote Notebook matches your desired notebook.

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      IFTTT_Receipt

        More Reading: IFTTT: Automate Your Tasks, Simplify Your Life!

        The Result

        With just one swipe, you can send your emails to Evernote straight from your iPhone or iPad! If you haven’t started using Mailbox, I highly recommend it. I’ve also posted a little Vine demo: check it out.

        More Ideas

        This was just one idea I came up with, but I brainstormed a few ideas that might be of value to someone else.

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        • Create different lists to send to different Evernote notebooks
        • Append a notebook on Evernote
        • Create or append a text file on Dropbox
        • Create or append a document or spreadsheet on Google Drive
        • Create a post on WordPress

        A note on the Secret Weapon: I do not currently use the Secret Weapon in all its glory. I only use it for those emails I know I want to annotate and edit for reference. I am a huge fan of the search bar, and I choose not to sort all of my emails in Evernote as The Secret Weapon suggests. There are so many systems out there, so I challenge you to study multiple systems and build one that is unique to you.

        Another thing to mention is that Mailbox, IFTTT, and Evernote will change and this trick might not be available for long. So remember this: the best system is not the one technology can solve, but the one that fits beyond the current state of our resources. The best productivity system can adapt and change with the times. With that, have fun with this little Mailbox + Evernote + IFTTT Lifehack!

        What do you think? Share this with someone you think would appreciate this little trick, and let me know in the comments how else you might use these tools together!

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        Published on September 20, 2018

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

        Minimizing Tabs

        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

        Incognito Mode

        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

        Save Webpages as PDF Files

        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

        Open Recently-closed Tabs

        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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        Solve Mathematical Problems

        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

        Play Media Files

        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

        Stay Focus(e)d

        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

        Grammarly for Editing

        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

        Loom

        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

        Chrome Calendar Extension

        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

        Final Thoughts

        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

        Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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