Thing 47: Productivity Tools Part 1

There are so many productivity tools I want to explore in Thing 47! I will be doing this “Thing” in two parts. For Part 1 I will work on getting a work and personal OneNote account organized.

I have three reasons to explore these tools:

  1. After haphazardly using Evernote for years I realized they made a change. With the free version you only able sync two devices. Since I want to be able to use it with my laptop, iPhone, and iPad this means I have to pay or finally move my personal life to OneNote.  I am not going to pay. Time to move.  Side Note: I have to laugh at myself since I have no idea how long ago they made this change is this really a problem 🙂 But seriously, there really are some things in Evernote I want to keep including lesson resources I refer back to periodically.
  2. I have a OneNote folder I share with a coworker and would like to know how to use it better. I feel there are many things I can do with OneNote that I am not taking advantage of.
  3. Another reason for working with OneNote is my home filing system (and hopefullly eventually my work filing system). My husband loves OneNote and uses it frequently for everything. I am in the process of getting stuff out of our house and want to shrink/eliminate my filing cabinet. I am hoping to find a way to do that and still share all the information in it with my family.

I used this article to Import notes from Evernote into OneNote. At first I tried to transfer files usingEvernote on the web with the .enex file but that seemed to only transfer one note at a time. Next I downloaded  and synced Evernote for Windows and followed the steps to import. I got the message that it couldn’t find my Evernote files. So I searched in Evernote Help and figured out how to use exporter to export entire notebooks. I exported my notebooks one at a time but it brought all the pages within the notebooks so that was fine. I had to export some notebooks since I tried the “Organize by tag” feature and realized that wasn’t what I wanted. This took a lot longer than I had hoped. In the end I have a lot of stuff in OneNote and need to figure out how to organize it in a way that fits my needs.

To help me better understand the layout and how to use it I watched some short YouTube videos.

  • Michele Christensen‘s Video shows how she organizes her notebooks. Great inspiration when trying to determine how to share and work with others. Her tips at 6:48 on when to create a new notebook are really helpful! And yes, I clipped that list and added it to my OneNote 🙂
  • Doug Thomas’s How I Organize OneNote – Great for an overview of the different features. NOTE: Features at the end are a promo for added tools. Not free with OneNote.
  • Microsoft OneNote Tutorial – Great tutorial showing the various features of OneNote. The tutorial shows the Mac version but I was easily able to locate the features in Windows.
  • Clear Your Desk with Microsoft OneNote – Shows both the features of OneNote and the practical application of the various features.
  • Nancy Nogueras’s How I set up my monthly pages video might be useful if you want to start using OneNote as a planner.  She discusses the use of Onetastic as an addin. 

I could watch these videos and play with my OneNote files like this all day! But it’s time to get started using it for myself and exploring before using it with students. Very exciting!

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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 47: Productivity Tools Part 1

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing so many good resources about making the switch. I’m still paying for evernote, but have thought about switching someday. I have over 10 years of notes and files in evernote though, so it would be a monumental task. Will keep your post on hand (lol, in evernote!) for the day I want to switch)

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