Posts by Taylor Pipes

Drawing Inspiration from da Vinci

This post is part of an ongoing series, “Taking Note,” which outlines the history and styles of note-taking. In this series, we explore how taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. For many of us, inspiration begins with a simple sketch. Leonardo da Vinci, the most inspirational of all Renaissance figures, imagined the possibility of everything from flight to robotics. It was

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How to Create a Spark File With Evernote

On the Evernote blog, creativity is a constant theme. The very nature of creativity—how we find it, capture it, save it, and how we use it, has been a persistent narrative of many of our posts. It has defined topics ranging from authors and writers to filmmakers and designers. The fascinating takeaway from these dialogues is that the fundamental search for understanding how ideas work has implications far beyond the

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Taking Note: How Note-taking Improves Reading—An Interview with Shane Parrish

This post is part of an ongoing series, “Taking Note,” which outlines the history and styles of note taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. Whether you read for information or entertainment, reading well depends on your engagement with the material. Just ask Shane Parrish, founder of the Farnam Street website and newsletter. Farnam

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Taking Note: How to Use Bullet Points for Concise Note-Taking

This post is part of our ongoing series, “Taking Note,” outlining the storied history and styles of note-taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how the practice of taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. In a world that moves at the speed of social media, it’s imperative to get your point across quickly. More often than not, when you’re dealing with

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Taking Note: Lessons in Collaboration & Creativity from Thomas Edison

This post is part of our ongoing series, “Taking Note,” outlining the storied history and styles of note-taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how the practice of taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. He is actually one of the least well known of all famous people, and much of what everybody thinks they know about him is no more reliable

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Taking Note: Exploring the Notebooks of Thomas Edison

This post is part of our ongoing series, “Taking Note,” outlining the storied history and styles of note-taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how the practice of taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. When tackling the subject of note-taking and the course of its history, there may be no figure more prominent or influential than Thomas Edison. Without a doubt,

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Taking Note: How to Create Commonplace with Evernote

This post is part of our ongoing series, “Taking Note,” outlining the storied history and styles of note-taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how the practice of taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. Last week, we outlined the deep roots of commonplace. The system of recording anecdotes, ideas, quotes, and reading has been an important method of observational learning that

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Taking Note: What Commonplace Books Can Teach Us about Our Past

This is the second post in our series, “Taking Note,” outlining the storied history and styles of note-taking. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll explore how the practice of taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. Reading and writing are intrinsically linked on the lifelong quest to discover new possibilities, validate ideas, soak up knowledge from others, and inspire new opportunities for our

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Unlocking and Unleashing Your Perfect Productive System

Sometimes, the simplest systems are the best. That’s what Bryan Kramer, a leading social media strategist, discovered while using Evernote to write his book, Shareology. As CEO of PureMatter, a digital marketing agency based in San Jose, California, Bryan is an expert on using technology to make thoughtful, transparent connections. Every day, he helps brands and entrepreneurs understand the importance of embracing #human2human contact. But while working on the book,

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4 Effective Strategies to Organize Evernote

Think of Evernote as the engine that helps keep your world running. If you peeled back the hood, you’d be surprised to see that there is the capability to create an engine that is reliable and trusty (like a Ford), or super sporty (like a Ferrari). But, how exactly do you get that engine working? No matter which ‘engine’ you desire, the important thing to remember is that the system

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