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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 5: In the End, It’s the Effort That Matters

This challenge is not an all-or-nothing thing—the only failure is in not trying. – Sinda A. Today is day 28 of my Ever Better Challenge, which is no desserts for 30 days in the hope of losing a little weight. I recognize that skipping dessert is easy for some people, but I’m not one of them. It’s much easier for me to skip meals and go straight to the good

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 4: Consider the Past, Continue What Works

It’s been a long 21 days. I think giving up desserts for my Ever Better Challenge (Evernote’s 30-day program to help you finish what you start) was a decent idea, but it might have been an easier feat after the holidays. I never noticed how ubiquitous holiday desserts were until this year. Every day was an obstacle course—coworkers bringing baked goods to the office! Friends, neighbors, and relatives giving treats

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 3: Overcome Setbacks, Finish What You Started

So, about that cookie I mentioned in last week’s blog… It was an accident. Sometimes setbacks are. Like when you want to start running every day, but you sprain your ankle. Or when you commit to an Ever Better Challenge to stop eating desserts, but a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies is placed in front of you at your office’s holiday party—and you instinctively grab one and take a

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 2: Maintain the Change, Get Closer to Your Goal

I’m grumpy. People are starting to ask me if I’m OK. I politely tell them I’m fine, but the truth is I’m craving desserts. It feels like something is missing. I don’t want to get too existential, but life has felt a little empty over the last week. It’s been about seven days since I stopped eating dessert for my Ever Better Challenge. So far, I have lost a pound

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 1: Build a Plan, Change a Habit

I’m typing this on Monday morning, although I suppose that’s not a very meaningful detail. How about: I’m typing this on Monday morning—without the aid of the chocolate-hazelnut croissant I treat myself to at the beginning of each week. Why? Because today is the first day of my Ever Better Challenge, which is no desserts for 30 days in the hope of losing a little weight. (You might be thinking

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Introducing Templates, A Better Way to Make Notes

Getting your thoughts out of your head is the first step to organizing them and turning them into action. That’s what Evernote is all about. But not all notes are created equal. Look at your own collection of notes and you’ll probably find some that are carefully structured, and others that are a stream of consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with winging it, of course, but if you want to gain

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How to Plan a Family Vacation Without Losing Your Mind

Think about the last time your family took a vacation together. What image comes to mind? Natural wonders? Perfect sunsets? Or the frustration of trying to deal with hotels and wrangle the kids and get something—anything—to go as planned? The family vacation is a rite of passage for many families. It’s inspired countless movies and books (National Lampoon’s Vacation, anyone?). It’s the sort of thing that can strike fear into

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Getting Started with GTD (Getting Things Done) Templates

Update (September 24, 2018): There’s a new way to find, manage, and use note templates in Evernote. Visit our template gallery to browse pre-made templates you can add to your Evernote account. Learn more » It’s 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and you have one question on your mind: what should I be doing right now? You’re busy getting things done, but the notification count on your email inbox is

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Make 2018 Happen with Evernote’s 2018 Planner Templates

Update (September 24, 2018): There’s a new way to find, manage, and use note templates in Evernote. Visit our template gallery to browse pre-made templates you can add to your Evernote account. Learn more » Evernote fans, rejoice! You’ve been asking for them, you wait for them every year, and now the 2018 Evernote planner templates are here! This year, thanks to the new tables feature, the planners are more

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9 Templates to Help You Plan the Perfect Office Holiday Party

Update (September 24, 2018): There’s a new way to find, manage, and use note templates in Evernote. Visit our template gallery to browse pre-made templates you can add to your Evernote account. Learn more » Office holiday parties can be a great way to cap off the year and let everyone know that their hard work is appreciated—but someone has to plan them. And this year, that someone is you.

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