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How To Very Quickly Clear Your Email

A lot of email got you feeling down? I know the feeling. After spending a bunch of time playing around analyzing the root causes of why an inbox gets backed up, and using a few different techniques and tools, I've got a pretty rock-solid way to get your inbox to zero fast. It'll absolutely work for you if you do it.

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*Laptop*Comfortable spot without internet access*Offline email: Mac Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook, the Offline Gmail Chrome Plugin, or something similar*Scrap paper and a pen*An elegant note-taking program. I recommend Evernote.*A calendar

If you're an "online email only" kind of guy or gal, I'd recommend you set up IMAP so you've got all your email on your computer. Empirically speaking, internet access is distracting and leads down rabbit holes. The success rate of successfully clearing out the inbox goes down if you're online, and the time it takes to do so at least doubles. If you're a Gmail user, you're in luck -- Offline Gmail for Chrome is quite robust and you won't need to set anything up. I still like using Outlook or OSX's native Mail App better than Offline Gmail, but it's fast to set up.

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How to use Evernote: School Calendars

On Mike Dariano

School is around the corner and my Evernote account is starting to fill up again. During the summer it seems like Evernote is more of a dumping ground for this or that small thing but now that school is around the corner along with holidays, a big trip for us, and a few more things I need to get organized.

I previously wrote about taking pictures of the school calendar, saying;

The thing is, I didn’t want to put it all into my Google Calendar item by item. I could do just the key events like the Valentines day party but then I’m sure I would miss something. Then it occurred to me, just take a picture

Since then Evernote has added the reminder feature which helps this note taking method even more. When I sign up for cupcakes I add a reminder to pop up a day or two before. Anyone else have more Evernote tips for school?

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