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Brett Kelly, author of the Evernote Essentials book, has owned the “Evernote help” domain for almost as long as Evernote has been around. His Unofficial Evernote manual, Evernote Essentials is the final word for squeezing all the power available out of Evernote. Whether you’re a newbie or an Evernote expert you must have 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 beginners who have never used evernote before.

When the Student is ready, the master appears

Buddhist Proverb

My Evernote Sucks

I had do my what I can to find the best ways to use Evernote. Lots 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 productivity 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 any length of time, you’ll 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 objectives and goals which we’d, with a bit of luck, like to achieve by the end of the year. If you haven’t signed up for Evernote yet – do it.

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“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” Alan Watts

Meditation is...

which is a great excercise to start you on the road to learning meditation. Meditation in 60 seconds spoke to “how” to meditate; today I’m going to give you insight into the “why” behind meditation. For most people meditation is what they’ve seen on television. Strange people with strange hair cuts sitting around chanting. Meditation dovetails with religion a lot in popular culture and in many practical ways however this is only one form of meditation.
What is meditation really?What does meditation entail?What happens physically in my body while I meditate?{Is all meditation religious,Can meditation exist seperately from religion,Can meditation and religion exist separate from each other??What are the benefits of meditation?So what is meditation? What does meditation entail?Meditation is the quietening of the mind. It is a process wherein the meditator takes time to be present in their lives. Ok so I hear you asking yourself “but surely I’m present in my life now? If not where am I?” No you’re probably not present in your life now. As you read this your mind is stretching into the past to compare what you’re reading to the knowledge you’ve already built up over the years and at some point it will stretch off into the future and try to predict the success of this meditation business. Meditation is about banishing the past and the future. Meditation banishes thoughts of ego, we forget our physical selves or the outward existence of our physical selves. We become aware of our inner selves. We forget about time. Our inner self exists without time. It lives and feels now. When we stop thinking, the past and the future dissolve and we are left with the present. Once we enter the meditative state, we become at once more peaceful. While meditating our bodies relax. Amazingly most people find this relaxed state quite uncomfortable at first. We’ve become that accustomed to our stressed state. Meditation is about allowing our bodies to experience our natural state of relaxation. Meditation is, letting go of the need to think and realizing that we are so much more than the sum of our thoughts.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Bruce Lee
What happens physically in my body while I meditate?Our brain chiefly operates at 2 frequencies while we are awake Alpha and Beta. When our brain operates at the Beta frequency it is awake and alert. Some of the lower Beta frequencies are great for creativity and focused thought concentration. The higher beta frequencies is where we spend most of our time. This is where our conscious mind is in almost complete control. Our brain is going great guns jumping from one thought to another.
As our stress levels increase our brain moves into higher beta frequencies this results in:We hunch our shoulders constricting our lungs and as a result our breathing becomes shallowerOur jaw clenchesWe struggle to focus on one thing, our mind jumping from one thought to the nextOur heart rate increasesWe start feeling ill at ease, our mind is warning us that we’re heading down a dangerous pathAlpha is the other state that our mind commonly resides in while awake. The higher alpha states are often attributed with creativity and problems solving. Lower alpha states are where your mind resides just before you fall asleep, when you just wake up and when you meditate. Meditation captures the moments before you fall asleep.
This is when your body is:RelaxedYour breathing is deep and easyYour muscles are loose and at easeYour heart rate normal and often lowered as your body begins to work more efficientlyYou start feeling more at peace as you feel your real inner life come into focus“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Swami Sivananda

Can meditation and religion exist separate from each other?Yes they can there is nothing inherently “religious” about meditation. What you choose to focus on while you meditate is your personal choice. Whether you choose to clear your mind and simply experience the joy of being alive or whether you would like to meditate on some higher being of your choosing is entirely your choice. Meditation is a personal matter. Meditation neither adds nor takes away from you as a person. All meditation does is focus you inward on what is already there.
What are the benefits of meditation?The effects of meditation are instantaneous. Even as you take your first steps on the road to the practice of meditation, you will find that you will begin to feel these benefits. There are no contra-indication to meditation. There is quite literally nothing in your life that will not benefit from your practice of meditation, as you begin to feel energised and refreshed. I personally find that meditation kickstarts my creativity. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, it quite literally feels like my brain has been rebooted. It feels as if I have cleared the cluttered workspace of my mind and am beginning anew with a clean and clear workspace. Besides creativity meditation refreshes the mind during periods of mental exertion, like during exam time. I find despite getting older and older my powers of concentration have actually grown considerably since I’ve started meditation.

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Know What You Don’t Know is the process I use to approach pretty much every new skill I want to add to my box of tricks. I’ll run you through at a very high level how you can use Know What You Don’t Know to put together a blogging action plan.

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Step 1 – What do we need to know

In a very Covey way we begin with the end in mind.

What is the desired outcome?

We would like to learn how to build a successful blog.

On a high level what would this entail?

If we had no clue at this point it’s time to go do some research. For Dummies books are very useful at this stage as is hanging around in forums as you’ll pick up the terminology that you’ll soon be fluent in.

For me at the highest level Blogging comprises – Good Content, Good Design and Good Promotion.

During step one we are trying to be as general as possible.

Step 2 – What is Good?

Typically at this point I will spend time looking for examples of Good Content, Good Design and Good Promotion. You’re probably reading blogs with these elements already. Subscribe to these good examples and read them religiously. Study the structure of their content, look at what design elements Good sites have in common and start studying how these sites promote themselves. Do a search, are they paying for advertising, relying on social networking site and word of mouth.

Write down what you notice when things don’t make sense take some time and do some research.

At this point if we were to write down your total knowledge on blogging should have lists that look something like the this except a lot longer (this is just an example):

Content

Design

Promotion

useful links

Domain name

Social Media

bullet points

Ads placed close to text

RSS and E-mail placement

Length of post

Custom banner

Blog roll use and placement

pictures

simple theme style

SEO and keywords used?

scannable

Content Management system

incentives – free e-books etc.

Make this list as long as you need it to be and keep adding to it. I suggest you use a tool like Evernote which allows you to access your notes regardless of whose computer you’re working on or just to keep a notebook and with you and constantly update your list.

Step –3 Plan and Research

Go through each of the items in your list and decide in what order you need to know them and then research them. Find websites, books, forums and chat rooms and get as much information as you can on each subject you’ve listed.

By going through this process you will be in a position to find the right resources at the right times. Don’t be surprised if you find that for every item you research you find 4 more items to add to your list that you need to research.

The beauty of this system is that as you add items in step 2 you get sight of the bigger picture and you start gaining confidence in what you know and what you still need to learn. Add one or a couple of these items to your to do list each day and you’ll quickly find your knowledge increasing.

Disclaimer:

Using Know What You Don’t Know will not turn you into the next Darren Rowse or John Mayer. It will give you a framework to learn what they learnt in a structured way. You still need to do the hard work of actually learning and applying and practicing. What this system does do is help you guage your own progress.

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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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