Monetize Your Life Personal Productivity and Evernote Essentials


I love Evernote a bit less than this guy… Evernote Tattoo anyone?

Evernote Tattoo - Evernote Essentials - Brett Kelly

Brett Kelly, Evernote essentials ebook author, has owned the "Evernote help" niche for almost as long as Evernote has been around. His Evernote manual Evernote Essentials is the seminal text for squeezing all the power you available out of Evernote. Whether you're a newbie or an Evernote expert you must own Evernote essentials because Brett Kelly knows more than you. That's why the guys over at Evernote gave him a job in 2010. Brett consulted with them while writing Evernote Essentials. The Evernote brains trust were so impressed with the way in which Brett was able to demystify Evernote in Evernote Essentials and make the programs full power available even to newbies who have never used evernote before.

When the Student is ready, the master appears

Buddhist Proverb

Evernote sucks

I had been doing my best to find the best ways to use Evernote. Lots of people have been on this site trying to convince me that Evernote sucks or that Evernote is only good for bookmarks or Evernote is no good as an offline tool or that Evernote can't be used for fitness or goal tracking or capturing reciepts or this or that. I don't really waste my time responding, the guys complaining that Evernote can't Manage their projects or park their car for them have missed the point completely. Evernote is simply a tool. A very powerful and flexible tool but a tool nonetheless. I can use the butt of a saw to knock in a nail but it's probably not the best way to do it. If DevonThink or Springpad or remember the milk works better at certain tasks by all means use them for those things you don't win any extra points for using Evernote for Everything. (though I'm becoming more and more convinced that you can)

Back to the Drawing Board

No I'm not as geeky as this guy, he wrote a whole Evernote essentials book for goodness sake, but I can dream can't I? Now I'm a big lover of Evernote as anyone whose visited my site would know. I've been on and on about why you should use Evernote to organize your life. I've prattled away about why you NEED to read GTD and then cram all the book's knowledge into Evernote and I've regularly ignored my own advice and had to go back to the organization drawing board more than once.

Now I'm pretty okay with my Evernote exploits I do lots of other writing and Evernote and this personal productivity site is more of a tool for me to use than the be all and end all of my life. Brett though has lived and breathed Evernote essentials for so long he's decided to wear his love on his sleeve, so to speak.

Lots of people think tattoos should only be things that are “always” — they want anything indelibly marked on their bodies to be things that describe them as people and definitely not transitive stuff. I disagree. While most of my tattoos deal with things that will always be true about me (family, religion, etc.), I’m a big believer in tattoos as memories, things that meant a great deal to me at a given point in my life — but not necessarily forever.

So, that’s why I got the elephant (courtesy of my insanely talented brother). Given the amount of change in my life over the last year that I owe it, I think it deserves a couple square inches of meat. Don’t you?

Brett Kelly

Evernote Essentials

Brett Kelly is author of Evernote Essentials

Evernote Essentials is over 80 jam-packed pages, full of useful information regarding Evernote. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Understanding all of the various configuration options
  • A detailed overview of the Evernote desktop interface
  • The most comprehensive guide to Evernote’s powerful search capabilities that you’ll find anywhere
  • Best practices for tagging, note and notebook organization and more
  • Tons of sample use cases and ideas for how you can get the most out of Evernote
  • Some of the amazing hardware that works seamlessly with Evernote
  • Much, much more!

Really Simple Syndication: What is RSS? Why use RSS feeds? How to use RSS?

So you visited my site or another blog and would like to pop in more often and keep track of the content on the site. So you add the site as a bookmark and Bob’s your father’s brother. Except what if you wanted to be notified when new content is added or existing content is updated. Well you can by subscribing to the RSS feed but what the heck is an RSS feed?

What is RSS

RSS feeds are the answer to the modern internet. The internet is all grown up and with the growth of broadband across the planet we have as a planet access to more information faster than at any time in history. We are no longer limited by our technology but by time we have available. RSS feeds are a result of the change in the face of technology allowing content on the internet to change constantly. The internet as you know it will not be the same in 5 minutes time and has probably changed fairly drastically in the last 60 seconds. RSS feeds were designed with this in mind, the dynamic web a web in constant flux. A static bookmark is no longer sufficient for a website who may add and update content many times an hour. We need content as and when it changes RSS delivers your internet right to your browser in real time.

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RSS means Really Simple Syndication

The syndication bit simply means the delivery of media and the really simple is what RSS is.

Now you:

  • No Longer need to check for updates when a site is updated your RSS feed gets updated automatically
  • No longer need to navigate to each site you regularly read the content is right there when you open your RSS feed reader
  • Can receive breaking news as and when it happens
  • Drastically reduce the time you need to spend on the internet
  • Drastically increase the amount of media you can consume

I have included an additional video as well as text guides on how to use RSS feeds all of which are quite comprehensive, in the resources at the end of the post should anything still be unclear.

How to use RSS

  1. Get an RSS reader there are a plethora of RSS readers on the market for sale and for free I suggest starting with a free reader like Google Reader image
  2. Once you’ve found a RSS feed you’d like to subscribe to click on the RSS icon.image
  3. If there is a drop down select your reader if not you should see a screen similar to the one below where you’ll be able to choose your preferred RSS reader.image
  4. Go back to Google reader and you should see the latest posts from the RSS feed you’ve subscribed to in Google Reader


That is as they say is that. Rinse and repeat for every site RSS you’d like to add and a come back daily and keep track of your important sites as and when they change.

How to Use RSS Feeds More Resources:

Everything you need to know about RSS feeds and feed readers is included in the this guide on how to use RSS.

Internet: Useful Tips:
RSS In Plain English

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