Evernote Use #28- Email Anything to Evernote #50EduEvernote

The next time you find something you want to save, an easy way to do it is to email it to your Evernote account. This could be a website, a picture, an article, an actual email that you forward– really, anything you’d like to save.

Each Evernote account has a unique Evernote email address that allows you to email notes directly to Evernote. (Note: This is different than the email address used to create the account). The address follows this pattern:

username.#########@m.evernote.com

Your unique email address can be found by clicking on “Tools” and “Account Info” or by clicking “Settings –> General  –>  Evernote Email Address” on your mobile device.

 

3 Email Tips:

1. Save your Evernote email address as a contact in your address book.  You’ll thank me later!

2. Email to a specific notebook. Emailed notes will go to your default notebook. However, you can email directly to a specific Evernote notebook by adding @+notebook name in the subject line (i.e. @School Ideas or @Personal).

3. Add tags to emails by using # in the subject line (i.e #PD or #Receipts).

Example:  Suppose you register for a conference and receive an email confirmation. It would be a great idea to save that to Evernote for quick reference, so you’ll want to email your “Registration Confirmation” to your “Professional Development” notebook and add a “2013-2014 PD” tag to it. Your email subject line may look like this:

Registration Confirmation @Professional Development #2013-2014 PD

Email to Evernote

Email to Evernote

Mailed-in Evernote Note

Mailed-in Evernote Note

Have another Evernote Email tip to share? If so, leave it in the comment section.

 

Evernote Use #26- Going Paperless #50EduEvernote

Two years ago, I got rid of my teacher desk, and last year when I moved into my office, the first thing I did was ask for the giant desk and filing cabinets to be removed. I knew myself. If I had places to put things (like in desk drawers or filing cabinets), things would pile up and my work space would be cluttered.

In any given day, I have several papers that come my way:

leave request forms

absentee reports

discipline notices

field trip requests

transportation itineraries

sub paperwork

meeting agendas

professional development documentation

Without an organization system in place, it would be really easy to be disorganized and my office would certainly be a disaster. However, my office looks the same today as it did the first day of school, and I love walking into it every day.

My paperless office system is pretty simple and all it takes is a scanner and an Evernote account:

1. If I get a paper that I need to keep, I scan it with my Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner and save it as a PDF.

2. When I scan the note, it is saved directly to Evernote.

3. I put the note in a specific notebook (depending on the document) and tag it accordingly.

4. I then add reminders if needed. For instance, for leave request forms, I set a reminder for two days prior to the absence to make sure we have a substitute assigned to cover the class.

That’s it!

Having a paperless office is very liberating for me and I feel more creative when I’m organized. Whenever I walk in, my office is neat and clean, and I’m not instantly defeated by piles of things I need to do.

If your office or classroom isn’t as neat and organized as you’d like, consider reducing your piles of paper with Evernote. It works for me!

The No Complaining Rule

 

The No Complaining Rule

Recently, a student suggested I read some books by Jon Gordon and offered to let me borrow his copies. I had never heard of Jon Gordon, but I took the student up on his offer and borrowed The Energy BusTraining Camp, and The No Complaining Rule. All of the books are short, inspirational reads and I would recommend them to anyone because we all need positive encouragement in our lives.

In The No Complaining Rule, Hope (the main character) is faced with improving the morale at her company. She searches high and low for solutions, and eventually develops a strategic plan to make the company culture positive, encouraging, and pleasant. Throughout the book, Gordon uses Hope’s situation to teach readers key principles and practices (two of the ideas are below) to help avoid being a complainer.

Three No Complaining Tools

1. The But —> _____ Positive Technique. When you catch yourself complaining, add a “but…” along with a positive.

  • I don’t like driving to work for an hour but I’m thankful I can drive and that I have a job.
  • I don’t like that I’m out of shape but I love feeling great so I’m going to focus on exercising and eating right.

2. Focus on “Get To” instead of “Have To.”

  • “I have to grade these tests” turns to “I get to grade these tests.”
  • “We have to go to chapel” turns to “We get to go to chapel.”

3. Turn Complaints into Solutions.

  • Identify your intent when complaining.
  • Justified complaining moves you toward a solution.
  • Mindless complaining is negative and should be avoided.

 

Five Things To Do Instead of Complaining

1. Practice gratitude.
2. Praise others.
3. Focus on success.
4. Let go.
5. Pray and meditate.

We’re getting into that part of the school year where we’re all tired and extremely busy— a bad combination— and students are getting restless. It happens every year, but since we know it’s coming, we need move forward with a positive outlook. I want to encourage everyone to be positive, to look for solutions, and to avoid mindless complaining.

As educators, we have an important job to do— correction, the most important job to do—and that’s to mentor and educate our students. No two thoughts can occupy the mind at the same time, so if we’re focusing on being positive, negative thoughts have no place in our minds or in our schools.

My goal is to be the most positive person in my school. I challenge you to do the same.