Seen – Last Flag Flying

A touching story with a great cast – Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburn, Steve Carrell, play three ex-marines who reunite to help transport the body of a fallen soldier/son following an incident in Iraq.  8/10. IMDb.

Make your own work and take pride in it

“I’m not telling you to make the world better because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment.” – Joan Didion

Grace is what matters, in anything

“Grace is what matters, in anything. That’s a quality I admire quite greatly. It keeps you from reaching for the gun too quickly, keeps you from destroying things too foolishly. It keeps you alive and it keeps you open for more understanding.” – Jeff Buckley

Migrating to Evernote #2 – Organisation

This is the second part of my Migrating to Evernote series.  Part One is here.

Evernote has some excellent ways to organise your work – I use both notebooks (individual notes get stored in a notebook), and stacks (piles of notebooks).

I have also created a few other individual notebooks with specific uses.

Here’s how my navigation looks:

A quick explanation:

  • _inbox  – where everything comes in, all my default actions happen in here – and once a week, I sweep through and file things in the right place
  • _people – I’m using this as a simple CRM – capturing key stakeholders I am working with, and notes on them as well as tags to indicate workflow stages (more on that later)
  • 9 Spokes – my work ‘stack’ with a series of Notebooks on key projects or workstreams
  • Favourite Tweets – exactly as it says, I do a lot of my networking and connections through Twitter and this notebook is automated to receive anything I mark as a ‘favourite’ through an IFTTT applet
  • MattR_Personal – personal reading, record keeping, multiple notebooks
  • MattR_WebClients – a notebook for each of the websites I help manage and support
  • Templates – some useful templates, meeting minutes, 1:1 forms etc.

That’s it. I try to keep the top level as simple as possible so it’s easy to navigate and find things, although searching is the key to finding things fast.

Evernote Tags – keep it simple

You can tag any note, with unlimited tags.

With this much power, it’s tempting to file everything into very granular places, and then use hundreds of tabs to cross-reference your notes.

However, Evernote has a great search facility (more on that later), so you can find anything, anytime.

With this in mind, I use tags as a way of keeping track of workflow. Any note that needs to have progress tracked, gets assigned a stage in the workflow; idea/todo/in progress/done. I clear down the tags on a regular basis to ensure that I see the right status of items that are currently tagged.

In my people folder, I mark contacts as to call/follow up/action to act as my simple CRM.

Here’s how my tag list looks:

With stacks & notebooks defining your structure, and tags defining your workflow, you should be able to set Evernote up to support your knowledge capture and handling to your specifications.

In part 3 of my series – I’ll be looking at how I use Evernote to gather and capture information.

If you want to try Evernote for yourself – please use this link.

I don’t know

“I don’t know if this is the best of times or the worst of times, but I assure you it’s the only time you’ve got.” – Art Buchwald

What it feels like to be alive in the UK right now

Johnny Marr and Maxine Peak have collaborated on a music & spoken word project, around the theme of ‘What it feels like to be alive in the UK right now’.

The first release is a sobering start, featuring Molly Windsor who I last saw in the BBC’s Three Girls.  The words are taken from a diary kept by Joe Gallagher who spent time on the streets in Edinburgh.

The music is excellent, and would easily standalone without the spoken word, but it is the narrative that provides a dose of realism and edge to the track. I’m looking forward to more releases from this project in 2018.

For further information, there is a great interview over on the Guardian site. 

Watch The Priest now: