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Magazine organization with Springpad

Peter Walsh offered an idea on the last Springpad Show about managing magazines.  The idea is to only keep a few back issues and then take out the things you want to keep in older copies, take pictures of the content to store in Springpad, and then recycle the magazines.

My suggestion is to take this idea one step further.  Since each note in Springpad can handle multiple images, take your magazine and go through it page by page, photographing each page using the Springpad app on your mobile device, stacking them all into one note.  You can then use tags to identify the topics in the note for easy reference later.

If you’re more into grouping the content by article topic, just create a Photo note and add pictures of each part of the article.  Each note becomes an article and you can use tags and notebooks to keep everything clean and neat.

The magazine tip starts at 8:43…

Happy Springing!

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Magazine organization with OneNote – Updated

Since Springpad went offline a few years ago we’ve been left with a functional gap in the productivity space. I’m going back through some of the ideas and applications we had for Springpad and updating them for use in OneNote.
Magazine management isn’t as much of an issue as it used to be, with printed periodicals falling by the wayside next to digital ones and web centric content. But if you’re like me you still probably get one or two magazines you enjoy. Using OneNote on a mobile device, you can capture the pages and articles from the magazine (including the cover) into a note and then have it available at any time.  The big upside of this (aside from getting rid of clutter) is OneNote will render the text in the article searchable making the printed magazine significantly more useful to you.

Peter Walsh offered an idea on the last Springpad Show about managing magazines.  The idea is to only keep a few back issues and then take out the things you want to keep in older copies, take pictures of the content to store in Springpad, and then recycle the magazines.My suggestion is to take this idea one step further.  Since each note in Springpad can handle multiple images, take your magazine and go through it page by page, photographing each page using the Springpad app on your mobile device, stacking them all into one note.  You can then use tags to identify the topics in the note for easy reference later.

If you’re more into grouping the content by article topic, just create a Photo note and add pictures of each part of the article.  Each note becomes an article and you can use tags and notebooks to keep everything clean and neat.

The magazine tip starts at 8:43…

Happy Springing!

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Build your own Virtual Bartender for the holidays

Keeping track of drink recipes for those of us who are amateur mixologists can be quite the challenge.  It struck me then there should be an easy way to use the new Starter Notebooks from Springpad to rise to occasion.  Sure enough, using the Recipe notebook I started searching for holiday beverages to have the recipes and ingredients on hand.  You can see and follow my notebook below as I continue to add items to it.  If you have a beverage you’d like to see added, just make a note in the comments and I’ll do my best.

View the Virtual Bartender notebook on Springpad

Tip:  If you make a private notebook for yourself, you can use the comments and tags to indicate what friends like what beverages so you can quickly pull together the perfect bar stock for your pending guests.

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Tips to Organize your Holiday Shopping


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We’re rapidly approaching that time of year where the stress builds from trying to manage your holiday gift giving.  I have three kids and my wife and I spend a fair portion of time each year texting back and forth as we shop making sure we know what’s being purchased and did we get the right things for the kids.  This year we’re going to try something different.

For the past couple of years our kids have focused on using Amazon wish lists to pull together what they would like to receive for the holidays, giving my wife and I plenty of options.  This year I’ll be taking the items from their Amazon wish lists and sending them to a special Springpad notebook for just my wife and I.

First, you find the wish list on Amazon by the person’s name or email address.  Then click on the item you want to take a closer look at.  Next is the trick…while viewing the gift, click on the Springpad Clipper in Chrome to create a spring from the item.  The resulting spring will look similar to this:

Before saving the spring I tag it with the name of the gift recipient and the holiday on which the gift will be given.  Now when you open the spring you have some great options to use:

You can see the WANT / HAVE button at the top that makes it easy to track what you have purchased vs what you haven’t.  Also further down the spring:

you can see the link back to Amazon for the item and the price that Amazon is returning for the item right then.  It’s a great way to keep things organized as you do your shopping.

Tips:

Instead of using the WANT/HAVE flag, assign a tag “Unpurchased” so you can filter by that tag and find everything still remaining on your list.

Using your mobile devices to coordinate your shopping means you can shop separately and still avoid the classic “duplicated present” syndrome.

I’ll be talking about this more on the Springpad Show in the coming weeks.   If you can’t join us live, just look for the Hangout recording after the show to learn more.

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