Things 8 & 9: Organising tools

I’ve left my job – see left. (Why do I allow myself to be set up for these things?)  Strictly speaking, I’m still employed till 31st July but, as of today, I’m on leave till the end of my contract and I need to be organised, possibly now more than ever. I’ve no intention of turning into a domestic goddess, though I’ve done a bit of godessery this morning involving the washing machine and the breadmaker, but I don’t want to be a couch potato either and I need to keep a structure to my days. So is Thing 8, Google Calendar, the very thing for me? Well, I don’t think so. It might be if I were starting from scratch, but I’ve used an electronic diary, backed up to Outlook Calendar, on various devices since 2001 and that will continue to satisfy my needs – which are much simpler anyway now that I don’t have to factor in work appointments.

What about Thing 9? I’ve heard people raving about Evernote before (hello Airs and Graces), and a lot of the cpd23 blogs I’ve looked at mentioned the advantage of no longer having to email links to yourself – I’m glad I’m not the only one who was forever doing that! So I’ve downloaded Evernote to both PC and iPad and successfully created four notes – one simple text, one picture, one web clipping via the PC and one via the iPad. I’m excessively proud of the last one because the instructions for installing the web clipper on the iPad were not straightforward. However, as with most tools, the iPad interface looks cleaner, simpler and far more aesthetically pleasing. That’s also where I think Evernote will probably be more useful for me, because I do most of my casual browsing on the iPad rather than on the PC. Time will tell. At the moment I’m staring at my four notes thinking “What next?” I don’t know, I’ll need to wait till a genuine reason to use Evernote presents itself. I’m not yet hooked!

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