With Apple releasing new devices every few months it’s important to ensure everything you do with iTunes is kept safe. I have written before about moving an entire iPhoto library into Dropbox so that all your photos are backed up and safe, without having to even click anything. iTunes can be backed up in much the same way, with massive bonus benefit!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s been a long time in the making, but my new book, Evernote Every Day, is finally here and available for you. It’s been quite the journey getting to this point. The book is the result of years of researching, testing, tweaking and analysis of how I use Evernote, every day.
The world of “grown ups” is littered with responsibilities. One of them, the one that constantly rears its ugly head over and over again is that of bills and finance. It seems like everyone wants a piece of us, that we are working just to pay the next bill. Every service provider you have – electricity, insurance, mortgage, phone etc – issues a bill to you at different times. This makes it seems as though there is always some bill that needs to be paid, and this sits in the back of your mind, eating away at you until the dreaded due date arrives. Then you might realise that it hasn’t been paid yet and scramble to make a payment before you receive another lovely letter in the mail letting you know that you now owe more money as a “administrative fee” to handle the late payment (it baffles me how some companies can justify such exorbitant late fees… for what?). And what if your simply unable to make a payment?
Sanebox has published an amazing list of 100 tips, tricks and hacks to help you get back in control of your email inbox and even get to inbox zero.
For the last 7 years or so I’ve been renting. Month after month of paying someone else’s mortgage. True, it’s not a great feeling, but it does have its advantages. When I moved to a different city for a new job a few years ago it was tough – trying to find a possible place, get to the inspection in time and then compare different houses at the end of the day.
For various reasons my wife and I ended up moving to a new house every year or two and we became quite efficient at the whole process. If you’re about to start looking for a new home to rent or buy, I hope this helps you as much as its has me.
In past posts I’ve shared how to get in control of your money and how to plan your money for the future and hinted at the best system to help you get there is YNAB. Here I will share with you exactly what YNAB is, how it works and why I love it so much. The name YNAB stands for You Need A Budget and unless you’re already living the dream you probably need to manage your money some how. Many people (myself included) look to productivity blogs such as this typically don’t have amazing money handling skills. I’m a spender. I love technology, video games and gadgets, these are normally expensive items so handling my money was always a problem. I had tried budgeting before, but I could never get it to stick. I would spend an evening creating some average looking spreadsheet with expenses and then allocate an amount to each, but three things wouldn’t work for me:
- I would never open the spreadsheet up again
- The spreadsheet was never accurate
- I hate spreadsheets
If you work for a company then chances are that you’re going to need to travel somewhere, some day, for something. And when you do you will typically be able to claim back work-related expenses that you’ve incurred.
So often you see people getting back into the office after coming back from a meeting, with a taxi receipt in their hand and then stash the receipt somewhere in the back of their desk drawer. Then, when the accounts people start hounding everyone to submit their expense claims this same person is floundering around digging through piles of notes, junk, cables, dust and a half-eaten Vegemite sandwich from last week looking for any old and faded receipt they can find. And it’s normally a bonus if they can find all of them.
It’s here! After months of writing I am extremely happy to announce that Wunderbook: Life Organized with Wunderkit is now available!
When Wunderkit was launched at the beginning of 2012 I noticed there was a lot of confusion about how to use it and when. I put this down to the fact that people were expecting Wunderkit to be “Wunderlist 2.0″. Wunderkit is actually a very different tool and when used correctly, it will definitely help you organise all areas of your life!
Evernote can store anything and everything, and it’s amazing. Not only can you store any text you’d like, but you can also capture audio, photos and PDF files, and have them appear in the note. Not only that, but the images and PDF files you add to Evernote become searchable. When you search using the main search box at the top it not only searches within text, it also searches within those PDF and image files. But what about all those other files you’ve added? How can you search through the Microsoft Word documents, the Powerpoint slide decks or the spreadsheets you’ve dropped into Evernote?
In today’s digital age, we are needing more and more passwords to secure out data and our identity. The problem is that there’s just so many to remember and often different systems need different types of passwords – like needing a special character, or a number or something. It’s very true that people, a very high percentage of people, have one password, or variations of one password, for just about everywhere that a password is needed. This has the benefit of only needing to remember one, or maybe a handful, of passwords, but as a massive disadvantage, it makes not only one system insecure, it makes every single system you need a password for insecure. As soon as one of them nasty hackers discovers a password to one system, they can use it, or variations of it, to easily get in to every other system you use. Your banking, your Facebook, your email. Everything.