Thing 10: Productivity Tools


Sometimes it all gets to be too much.

OK, it’s official. My brain has been overloaded and….I just can’t take any more in.

Oh, I tried. I quickly went out, created a Diigo account, gathered my links to add, and then I thought hey, who do I know that I can try with? So I abandoned Diigo and checked out It was then that I realized my brain hurt.

So instead of  diving head first into new tools that I would only barely get to know I decided that I would tweak the tools I’m already using, make them my power tools, and create a list tools that I want to use in the future.

Tools I already used and just need to tweak…..

Evernote  Up until recently I’ve used Evernote as a repository for “stuff” and really didn’t have any rhyme or reason for it. I spent some time organizing and tagging my Evernote files since the Diigo tutorial pointed out that folders are so last year (love the cat in the box).  I also added the “Clip to Evernote feature to my browser and created a contact in my email so I can easily email information into Evernote.

Dropbox – I’ve long been a fan of Dropbox but needed to do some organizing of shared accounts and get it on my iPad. I’m happy to say that is now taken care of and I’ve made the files I want available offline favorites.

Tools to try in the future……

Reminders and To Do Lists

I’ve tried a few Reminders and To do Lists and haven’t found anything I love yet. I keep going back to the old pen and paper method. After watching the video for Workflowy I’m looking forward to trying it out. I may also revisit Remember the Milk since I haven’t tried that one in a while.

Here are some others I want to try…maybe over summer vacation.

  • Edshelf – educational apps and tools searchable by subject and age.
  • Murally -Google docs for visual people. Check out the video.
  • If This Then That – Triggers and recipes automate many internet activities for you.

About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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One Response to Thing 10: Productivity Tools

  1. Good work! Congrats on finishing. I still need to work on finding a good to do list tool. I’m still a paper and pen person for those. I offered to teach a workshop on Evernote so I’d have an excuse to learn it inside and out!

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