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ProTip: Mailbox + Evernote + IFTTT

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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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        Last Updated on November 25, 2021

        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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        How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

        There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

        Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

          What Does Private Browsing Do?

          When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

          For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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          The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

          The Terminal Archive

          While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

          Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

          dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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          Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

          Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

          However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

          Clearing Your Tracks

          Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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          dscacheutil -flushcache

          As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

          Other Browsers and Private Browsing

          Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

          If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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          As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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