Brett Kelly, author of the Evernote Essentials ebook, has owned the “Evernote tips” domain for almost as long as Evernote has been around. His Unofficial Evernote manual, Evernote Essentials is the seminal text for squeezing all the power you need out of Evernote. Whether you’re a novice or an Evernote expert you need 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 Evernote’s full power available even to newbies who have never used evernote before.
When the Student is ready, the master appears
I had do my what I can to find the best ways to use Evernote. Loads of people have got hold of me 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)
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If you’ve been using Evernote for for a bit of time, you’ll most likely know all about Evernote’s great benefits and ease of capture. With the new year upon us though, many of us have started setting goals and objectives which we’d, with a bit of luck, like to achieve this year. If you haven’t already I suggest you start using Evernote to organize your lists today! I have yet to find a free note management system as flexible as this.
I’m busy looking at setting up some Evernote notebooks specifically designed for a martial artist and martial arts instructors.
I’m looking to start my own school in the coming months and I need to start gathering my thoughts and building lesson plans.
High level I see a need for notes on individual techniques, forms experientil knowledge theoretical knowledge martial philosophy and collected resources.
Hopefully with the correct layout use of evernote tags I can start laying the grounding for written coursework and a structured syllabus for my future students.
At the heart of the way you use your time is the number of skills you are able to call on to process free time into meaningful endeavours. If all you know how to do is play on that shiny console your free time options are severely reduced. Where to start with adding skills to your current repertoire? Where to start, where to end?
What is Know What You Don’t Know?
Know what you don’t know is a systematic process of working backward from a desired goal or skill detailing the knowledge you need to get from your current level of knowledge.
Why use Know What You Don’t Know?
The frustration caused by how vast a topic can seems when looking at it as a whole is often the reason used for giving up or worse still not trying. I know the first time I tried to teach myself guitar I fell into this trap. I knew what a guitar should sound like, so I went out and bought one along with a song book. For a week I suffered as I sat, for hours whacking at different bits of the book unsuccessfully. A month later a string broke and I never played that guitar again, eventually selling it when I got a good offer for it. I failed. I know now though that it had nothing to do with how hard the guitar is to learn but had everything to do with me not having any clue what I needed to know and in what order I needed to learn it.
Know What You Don’t Know is for me the simplest way to learn a new skill, it’s simply a matter of at a very high level figuring out what is involved in learning your new skill. This is really important in order to acquire a well rounded study program as well. I often find that I tend to spend more time on the excercises I enjoy rather than the ones that I need to work on. This well rounded approach has tons of knock on benefits as well. As an example the second time I tried to learn to play the guitar I faired a lot better until I got a stuck with a couple of barre chords. Try as I might I did not have the dexterity to hold the chord and produce a clear crisp sound.
At first I kept at it trying over and over and it didn’t help. I think it actually got worse as I started to get frustrated and lose my cool. Having knowledge of all the things I needed to learn I kept on practicing in all the areas I knew I had to learn. A week later I could play the barre chords easily. As it happens I just didn’t have the strength when I started. What was critical here was the fact that I knew that that barre chord was the be all and end all of my guitar career and I was able to focus on other areas of my playing which ultimately built my skill and dexterity to the point where I succeeded. I have no doubt that it would have taken me twice as long or longer to master that had I kept at only that.
Know What You Don’t Know gives you confidence and direction and keeps you working toward your goal.
If this sounds good to you my next post will be a practical example of how to use Know What You Don’t Know to learn anything.
How to use know what you don’t know a practical example.
Are these three words ruining your life an interesting discussion about the psychology of failure/success by Jonathan Mead on the Zen Habits blog
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