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21 Evernote Templates & Workflows That Skyrocket Your Productivity

Evernote templates and workflowsEvernote is rapidly becoming a staple part of our modern workflows.

From 2009 to 2010, Evernote jumped from 2 million users to 6 million. Impressive, right?

Not compared to its 2017 figures.

Evernote now boasts over 200 million users and over 5 billion notes created. Evernote has become a real player in the world of cloud technologies.  What started off as a simple note-taking app to help you store your thoughts has become a powerful tool with multiple potential use cases.

You can still use Evernote to store your notes, but it is capable of much more than that. The much more is what we’ll be investigating in the course of this article.

If you don’t have an Evernote account already, you can sign up for free here.

There are three key areas we’re going to look at:

  • Evernote templates, and how they can expand functionality
  • Evernote automation integrations, and the different platforms you can connect with
  • Evernote workflows, which have been tried and tested to improve your productivity

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29 Windows 10 Tips Every Power User Knows (and You Should Too)

Windows_10_Tips_That_Will_Turn_You_into_a_Power_UserI’m a Windows user. If you’re reading this, you probably are too.

According to Microsoft, over 400 million people use Windows 10.

Unlike apps and websites, there isn’t really much of a difference between users and active users. The operating system you use is something you use every time you are on your computer – probably every day.

This is why we at Process Street have decided to try to piece together a number of tips and tricks we think you may not know which can help you make the most of your operating system and boost your workflow. Some of them might improve performance and others may increase productivity.

We’ve compiled this big list to help you make the most of your workspace!

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49 Best Chrome Extensions Productive Managers Can’t Do Without

Best Chrome Extensions Productive Managers Can't Do Without If you’re like me, your browser is at the center of your work.

I’m a Chrome user, and I was sold initially on their minimal design and layout, along with the speed advantages it used to have.

However, other browsers have caught up in many areas and narrowed Chrome’s competitive advantages. What Google’s product still offers which sets it apart from the rest, is a huge store full of extensions and add-ons. The extension landscape Chrome offers cannot be rivaled.

Many of these extensions changed my workflow and increased my productivity. They might be able to do the same for you.

So, we’ve decided to break down a host of extensions which can add value to your browsing experience.

We’ll include:

  • Virtual office add-ons
  • Handy day-to-day tools
  • Language improvement aids
  • Developer tools
  • Productivity boosters
  • Social media helpers

Let’s dive in!

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How To Avoid Distractions and Consistently Hit Your Targets

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“I won’t get distracted”, you tell yourself, “I’ve got a deadline – I’ll be fine”.

Next thing you know you’re looking at the goals-per-game statistics for second division Scottish soccer team Raith Rovers from their 1976/77 season.

I know because it happened to me. It was 1.15 goals-per-game. In the league only – not including cups.

This is why I’ve had to drill myself to be able to work effectively, and why I’m telling you how to avoid distractions today.

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How to Onboard a New Virtual Assistant: 2 Real Processes We Use

For startups and small operations, virtual assistants can be vital.

The general idea is: instead of hiring a full-time specialist or wasting time on data entry, you hire a VA.

It sounds easy. You just hire a VA, right?!

But what happens after that is the hard part. Straight after hiring comes the onboarding and training. That’s the part where you get your new VA up to speed with how your company works, and how the tasks, rules, and responsibilities are going to be different from the other companies they’ve worked for.

You’ll need to explain how to use your stack of tools, and how they can work as efficiently as possible. It’s also a process for you: you need to remember to check in, make sure everything’s set up properly, and review their performance.

In this post, I’m going to go over some of the key things to keep in mind when onboarding a virtual assistant, and share two of our internal processes with you.

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How to Wake Up Early and Save 91 Hours You Waste Snoozing

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Alarm goes off. “Five more minutes”. Snooze. Sleep. Repeat until you’re late.

Ignoring your alarm repeatedly creates a habit, and habits are hard to break. You start to ignore it more and more because you’ve conditioned yourself to do so. Even if you want to get up early, your subconscious is working against you.

Small snoozes quickly add up too – just 15 minutes each day sends 91 productive hours down the drain every year. That’s more than two working weeks you waste each year.

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Knowing how to wake up early is only half the battle – to start your day the right way, you need to make it an automatic reaction to your alarm.

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Are Your Useless Tools to Blame for Bad Project Management?

Is bad project management causing you to abandon important projects? Should you blame the tools you use, or does the issue go deeper?

A new report published by software comparison company GetApp reveals the dire state of project management in 2017.

GetApp’s research indicates that companies offering project management software fall short as one-stop solutions, forcing companies to rely on several tools used in conjunction.

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4 Proven Ways to Improve Employee Accountability in the Workplace

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It’s not always easy to know whether your team is doing everything you ask them to. How do you know everything is on track? Are you sure your team is taking care of every responsibility?

Here’s the worrying thing:

According to the American Management Association, 21% of companies believe that 30-50% of their employees shirk from their responsibilities. This is stupidly high. So, we need to see how it can be resolved and take action right now.

Accountability in the workplace, in short, refers to your team members taking responsibility for their actions and for the tasks they’ve been assigned.

In this post, I’m going to cover 4 key areas which pertain to managing the accountability of employees:

  • Communication and company culture
  • Productivity
  • Clear processes and workflows
  • Oversight

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8 CRM Workflows to Destroy Data Entry and Close More Deals

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As part of a sales team, you don’t get paid to fiddle around with the CRM. You get paid to close deals. But that can make work stressful for everyone, especially when just keeping the CRM up to date can feel like a full-time job.

It’s time to put an end to data entry, concentrate on running your sales operations more efficiently, and win bigger deals.

So, how do you start doing that?

At Process Street, we’re fanatics when it comes to automation, workflows, and systems.

That’s because we know that the foundation of an efficient business — one with lower running costs and higher output — is a solid set of processes. That’s not just for things like finance and HR. It comes down to the nuts and bolts of how you and the rest of the sales team uses your CRMs.

CRM expert David Young explains:

“Customer interactions that rely heavily on manual processes can be hit or miss. A key benefit of automation is providing a consistent customer experience. Workflow automation allows you to develop standardized response protocols and ensure that they’re followed. A good process, that is consistently followed, will almost always translate to more positive customer experiences.” — CRMSwitch

In this article, I’m going to show you how to spend less time searching, updating, and making sense of the disorganized data inside your CRM.

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36 Workflow Apps to Save You From Data Entry Hell

Workflow AppsMonitoring and following processes and workflows should be saving you effort.

Sadly, a lot of time is wasted.

These could be in personal processes you’re working with, or in huge workflows which span multiple people.

Time can be lost in so many ways.

Some web apps you might be using to help manage your workflows require constant attention – reporting, updating, or having to contact other colleagues to get them to complete their section of the workflow.

These are interruptions, and according to Professor Gloria Marks from the University of California, with each interruption, there is an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds wasted to get back to the task.

Other workflows experience inefficiencies simply because your current processes take too long. Full stop.

The more time things take, the more work you have to do.

In this article, we’ll guide you through a series of tools which can help you create workflows, follow workflows, and automate workflows.

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