Today's post is a little bit special. To celebrate the New Year I'm giving away a copy of the Evernote Essentials ebook to one lucky reader! Read on to get the details…
2011 is coming to a close.
Thinking back, 2011 was a wonderful year for me. I achieved some pretty big goals — one of them, of course, was to launch this blog and connect with fellow photographers who have a desire to shoot weddings. So yeah…I'm glad I'm writing this post on this blog and I'm glad you're reading it!
But this post isn't about the past year, it's about looking forward to 2012 and making sure we're improving ourselves to give us the best chance at reaching our goals.
That's right – it's time for some New Year Resolutions!
This year I'm going to stick to one of my most elusive (and thus recurring) goals – to get more organized.
And I read somewhere that you're more likely to stick to a goal if you share it with others.
Something about accountability, I guess.
Ah heck, let's just make this thing official then…
I, Ryan Oakley, resolve to use Evernote, a tool I know and love, to help me organize my ever expanding digital life.
Here's just a small list of things that I plan to use Evernote for to help me get more organized:
- Blog post ideas and research
- Client information – names, addresses, and testimonials of course.
- Wedding venue information
- Tax stuff (income and expenses)
- Stuff my kids say (Uber important to write this stuff down!)
- Things to do around my house
- Photo post-production workflow documentation
- List of photography websites and images I like
Like every good resolution, I need a plan.
Step 1: Download Evernote (it's free!) on all my machines – Mac at home, PC at work, iPod Touch and Blackberry) and browswers. Done! (Think I did this when Evernote first came out quite a few years back, actually)
Step 2: Buy and download the Evernote Essentials ebook to really learn how to make Evernote work for me – fast! Done. (I actually bought this ebook a month ago, and it's what got me jazzed up to make a solid effort to get more use out of Evernote in 2012)
Evernote Essentials, by Brett Kelly, is a juicy 97-page guide that I highly recommend to those that are serious about learning how to simplify and organize their lives through Evernote. It's jammed packed with great tips and tricks…and it's very well written.
Turns out that not only is Brett a talented writer and a serious Evernote Ninja, he's also a really nice guy.
When I emailed him thanking him for writing his ebook, I told him about my blog and how my readers would probably appreciate knowing about Evernote and his guide.
And just like that, Brett gave me a copy of his ebook to give away to my readers.
Isn't that awesome! (Thanks Brett!)
Only one problem…how do I choose who get's this free copy?
Why, a contest of course!
The Evernote Essentials “Let's Get Organized” New Years Resolution Contest!
The winner of this contest will receive a copy of the Evernote Essentials ebook — a $25 value — for FREE!
In order to qualify to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight on January 4th 2012 explaining the area of life you'd love to get more organized.
One entry per person, and I get to choose the winner.
I’ll announce the winner on this post and on Twitter the next day (Jan 5th) and email the winner details on how to their hands on the free ebook.
I’ll choose someone who I feel will actually put this stuff to good use.
But I can't wait…I need to get organized NOW!
If you just can't wait…or if you're reading this post after the contest has closed…
You can go ahead and get Brett's Evernote Essentials ebook right now for just $25.
Happy New Year to You and Yours!
Update: Congratulations to Donna Harding for winning the Evernote Essentials ebook! The selection was extremely difficult, but in the end, Donna's plead to help a “starving artist” could not be ignored.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment. I hope you've had a chance to download Evernote and put it to good use. Here's to a fulfilling, profitable, and more organized 2012!