The tech I use in 2019

The technology I use is always in motion, just like the industry itself. My choices are organized in two lists: mature or emerging technologies. Mature Technologies are solutions that have full features and are cross platform for use in work and personal applications. They tend to be well funded and established with premium models in the marketplace. Emerging Tech are solutions I am watching closely to possibly switch to, are new or in development, not full featured or all cross platform. Companies are startups or small and may have free offerings.

Mature Tech
Note Taking: Microsoft OneNote
Office Productivity: Microsoft 365
Todo or Project Management:Todoist
Operating Systems: Windows 10, MacOS Mojave
Hardware Companies: Lenovo
Mobile: Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Tablet: Apple iPad
Wearables: FitBit Charge 2
Apps: TextExpander, 1Password,
Cloud Storage: Microsoft OneDrive

Emerging Tech
Note Taking: Notion, Google Keep
Office Productivity: Notion
Todo or Project Management: Microsoft Todo, Notion, Google Tasks
Operating Systems: Windows 10
Hardware Companies: Samsung
Mobile: Samsung Note 9
Tablet: Apple iPad
Wearables: Xenxo S Ring, Samsung Galaxy Watch
Cloud Storage: Google Drive

What technologies are you using this year and what are you looking to use in the future?

Everyone a genius?

Each person has something unique to offer this world only they can give. Few people really believe this or will even try to share their unique gifts and talents. How sad!

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The best money spent is the money spent to cultivate the genius of your own mind and spirit. – Jim Rohn

Taking notes, reviewing your ideas and thoughts are ways you can cultivate your genius. By investing in a good notebook and pen or Microsoft OneNote, you can start adding value to yourself and others simply by recording your thoughts, ideas and challenges.

  • Notes provide you with an external feedback loop – in essence, a help to your brain.
  • Notes can help you solve your own problems and challenges.
  • Notes can make you smart and wise.
  • Notes are always an investment into your future.

Why not invest right now?

Get Smart with a Smarter Note

Write yourself a note and you have it for the future. Write a smarter note and you will give your “future” self an advantage, saving time and reducing frustration.

What are the elements of a smart note?

  1. It needs specificity – action words and enough details that your future brain will understand what you were thinking. Dumb notes are written quickly and lack definition, making them useless.
  2. It needs an index to allow you to find information quickly and efficiently. The Bullet Journal system is an excellent way to index written notes. Evernote has built in search to find information quickly.
  3. It needs to be processed. Follow the 4D Rule: Do it now (if it can be done quickly), Decide when (put it on your to-do list for some future date), Delegate it (send to someone else to deal with), or Delete it.
  4. It needs to be reviewed.  The meaning of review is to “see again” and solves a problem for the human brain. Your brain is not good at retaining large amounts of information. A review helps you see again what is important in your life and work.

Note When You’re Tired

Write down the times and dates you feel low (tired, cranky, sluggish) because you will be at your worst performing level. 

Sometimes the best thing you can do is put resting at the top of your To Do List. If you know your low performance periods then you can avoid the frustration of trying to accomplish something without the energy to do it.

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Sleep is at the top of the todo list