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When Genius is in the Room, Someone Should Take Notes: Evernote Captures SXSW in Words

“Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” —Hamilton, the Musical Nowhere can you find such sheer exuberance and excitement about technology, art, music, film, and innovation in today’s world than at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas. Every March, people from all over the world flock to the tech hub of the American south to rub shoulders with celebrities, share ideas,

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Thinking Small: How Habits Hold the Key to Staying Productive

If you’re like most people, you picked a few New Year’s resolutions last December. You had every intention of following through with bids to be better in your personal and professional life. Now that we’re in the third month of 2017, the harsh reality is that by now, a sizable chunk of the populace has left these typical resolutions by the roadside. According to a research report from the University

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Thunder, Lightning, and Revisions—Mark Twain and Creativity

“You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives.” – Mark Twain, in an 1878 letter. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was many things: a steamboat pilot, a prospector, a reporter, a world traveler, a lecturer, an investor (mostly a bad one),

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Take Evernote to Work With These Free Business 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 » The small business world has an unfortunate little secret. Most entrepreneurs discover it by accident, and it takes them by complete surprise. The secret? They’re not in the business they thought they were in. Whether

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On Minimalism: A Solution to Gaining More Time

At Evernote, we love productivity, but we also care about maintaining balance in our lives. This month, we’ll dive into how experts on minimalism stay productive without losing focus on what’s important. Busy is the problem Do you ever find yourself answering the question “how are you?” with “Great! Really busy!”? Wait, what? When did we start associating being busy with feeling great? Why do we do it? We live

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5 Tips for Increasing Your Writing Productivity

Last month, thousands of writers around the world took the ultimate writing challenge: writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Participants wrote furiously, checking their online productivity statistics on the NaNoWriMo website. The writers tracked  the number of words people wrote, without worrying too much about quality. The task was to produce a certain number of words in a finite time.

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Meeting Less, Achieving More

What’s the cost of a meeting? For some companies, it’s more than diminished productivity and wasted time. Yesterday, at the Fast Company Innovation By Design Conference, Nest CEO Tony Fadell suggested that one single meeting has a significant financial impact. https://twitter.com/ctrlzee/status/522377621376872448 Not only do meetings impact human capital, they also waste a tremendous amount of time. Earlier this week, Bain & Company published a study that found a single weekly meeting

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