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Build healthy habits with Evernote

Nowadays, there is pretty much an app for everything you imagine.   Visit Google Play Store and then tell me if I´m wrong. But more doesn´t mean better, and a different app for tracking each one of our habits may result overwhelming or counterproductive.
Instead, using a single and versatile app, like Evernote to track your habits may be the right solution in many cases.
As you know (or should know), Evernote is a note-taking app. A digital diary, in a few words. You can use it as your journal, day planner, to keep things that inspire you (like articles, images and social media post) by using Web Clipper, as your to-do list or done list, to take class notes and help you with your homework, plan your travels or your wedding, write a novel, record meetings, save business cards and, as you have seen on this blog, record your workouts or keep your recipes collection.
Keeping everything organizing in the same place saves you lots o time and help you to be more productive. And when it comes to building a new habit the last thing you want is the need to get used to a new app because it doubles your work.
As each note is a blank canvas, you can create whatever you need. That´s why Evernote is great to build new healthy habits or get rid of unhealthy ones.
Let´s not forget that to make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
Achievable (agreed, attainable).
Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
For instance, the healthy habit #1 is drinking more water. You can easily keep track of your daily water intake with Evernote. How?
1 – Create a new notebook (Click on File -> New notebook) and name it My water intake. Click OK.
2 – Click on your new notebook and create a New Note (Ctrl + N) and name it Water intake. You will use this note as a template and this will save you a lot of time.water intake 1
Let´s say you don´t drink any water at all and you plan to drink 6 glasses of water every day. That´s a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goal.
3 – Type numbers from 1 to 6 and then add a checkbox next to each number (Ctrl + Shift + C). Why would you put checkboxes? To mark them every time you drink a glass of water. This ensures you don’t miss a single one.water intake 2
4 – Duplicate this template as many times as you need (Right-click on the note -> Duplicate Note). water intake 3
I recommend you to rename each duplicated note with the date and keep the first one as your template. It will take you seconds to create and rename the notes you will use in a week.
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Let´s go a step further and suppose you drink too many sodas or beers and you want to reduce the consumption of these drinks by replacing them with water.
Using the same notes, you can keep track of what you drink every day and be conscious if you´re going in the right direction.
Just repeat the step 3 for sodas and beers and voilá! You will be able to easily check the days you did right, the days you did wrong (and also write your comments/excuses why those days didn´t go well), and keep yourself accountable and focused on your goals.
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Access your water intake notes on your mobile device by adding a shortcut. An icon will appear on the main screen of your device making your notes just a tap away.
With your note open on your phone or tablet, tap on the menu button (the column of three squares) and then select Create Shortcut.
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Your shortcut will appear on the main screen of your mobile device.
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You now have a completed and easily accessible habit tracker! Any updates made to a note are synced across all devices once saved.

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The winner of the contest

For today I was planning to publish some recipes, but yesterday something interesting happened.

I can not find words to express the luck I had with the last winner of my contest, Glenda. Yesterday she received an email from Evernote that she allowed me to share with you. Maybe this gives you an idea of how useful Evernote could be for you.

Account Manager: “Hi Glenda,

Welcome to Evernote Business! I would love to connect to discuss the goals you are hoping to achieve with Evernote and learn how I can help you and your team work together more efficiently.

Please let me know when you are available for a quick call or schedule immediately on my calendar. I am happy to suggest optimal ways to set up your team, schedule a training session, and answer any questions!”

Glenda:

“I recently won a contest to work with Chape Fitness and consequently, David had me right on Evernote. Seeing what he is able to share and communicate on Evernote and how he can demonstrate and keep up with me and his clients really impressed me. Once I am better at this; I will share this with my friends who could really use this in their businesses.

I only found this site because I had won the Chape fitness workouts and one of the perks was discovering Evernote! David Neira helped me figure out my issues. Which I believe were my own lack of understanding.
At this point, I am learning how to use it through the workout and diet info from David.
In the 3 days I’ve been on it; I am amazed at all it can do. I see the potential to put my work on this platform to save and share.
I love the platform!! I am a singer, director, composer, teacher, choreographer…constantly on the move and constantly creating. Mostly, I see how useful it is and could be for my family and friends who work internationally! I can see how this would make my work easier to keep up with and share.
Thank you so much!”

New updates on Glenda’s progress soon! She is very motivated and giving her best from the first day.

As regards Evernote, it is up to you to take a look and explore how it can help you in your daily life. Prozac announced in the 60s saying that 8 million housewives could not be wrong. Maybe I should tell you that 200 million Evernote users cannot be wrong.

 

 

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Automatically save your activities in Evernote

There are many apps and activity trackers: Nike +, Strava, Fitbit, etc.
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Even when every app saves your activities, I have a couple of reasons you should save them in Evernote too.
My clients use different apps and if I want to check their progress, I have to try any app they use, to know better how each one works, I have to ask them to share their activities with me, and that´s a mess.
Even if you are not a trainer, you should try a few apps for a few weeks before deciding which one best suits your needs. After this process, why are you going to lose the data of the apps that you are not going to use anymore? you don´t have to, and the answer is really simple: Evernote. Save all your workouts and activities in Evernote so you have all of them in one place, which will save you a lot of time. Plus, you can edit these notes and add any additional info you want, tags, etc.
Maybe the best part is you don´t need to save your workouts manually. Integration apps like IFTTT or Zapier do it for you, connecting your favorite apps and saving you a valuable time.
As an example, today we´re going to connect Strava to Evernote and Strava and save any new activity.
First, go to ifttt.com and get started.
You may sign with Google or Facebook.
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This is the dashboard.
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Search for Strava. Authorize IFTTT if needed.
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Click on My Applets -> New Applet
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A New Applet looks like this.
Click on +this
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Choose a service, Strava.
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Choose a trigger,  New activity by you
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Which activity? Any.
Then click “Create Trigger”. We´re almost there.
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Choose action service, Evernote.
Authorize if needed.
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Choose action: Create a note
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You can customize your future notes, title, info included in the note, notebook, and tags.
IFTTT call all these “ingredients”.
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Click on Create action.
Click Finish and it´s done.
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Every new activity will be saved in the selected notebook.
Do you need help to achieve your fitness goals? I still have some available spots.
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Let me introduce you Evernote for fitness

In theory, Evernote is a dynamic workspace that boosts your productivity. It´s a cloud note-taking app that makes very easy keeping track of pretty much everything. You can use Evernote for blogging, doing research, writing a book, planning your vacation, write your ideas on the go, etc.

As a personal trainer, I use Evernote for fitness, keeping track of my client´s workouts, meals, etc. Traditionally, trainers have encouraged their trainees to keep a training diary. You may use Evernote as a brand new digital version of the training journals.

Since 2014, I´ve been delivering personalized workouts and meal plans to my clients through Evernote. Results have been pretty amazing. I´ll give you some ideas on how you can use Evernote, making of it the best training diary!

Saving your old workouts

The first thing you should do is to save all your old workouts and diets. This way, you´ll prevent future losses.

Evernote allows you to save all kind of files (pics, docs, pdf, etc) so you can turn Evernote into your fitness command center.

The first feature that caught my eye was photo capture. All you have to do is grab your old papers, your phone, and click on the camera icon.

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Automatically, Evernote will capture your papers. evernote-photo-capture-2

You can save as many pics as you want in a single note, or you can make a note with each pic. Of course, you can reorganize and edit all your notes anytime later.

This time, let´s save a single pic as a single note. Click “V” and chose a title for your note (Dark red). Then, click on the notebook icon to pick the notebook you want to save the note (Light red).

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Click “V” again to save your new note.

You can also add any file from your phone or pc. If you want to add files from your phone, click “+” to add a new note, and select the clip icon.

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I have some recent workouts in my phone memory for this occasion. I´m part of the Jordan Breakfast Club and Jordan uses Facebook Messenger to deliver the workouts. I prefer to save them in Evernote because it´s much easier to find a workout than scrolling and scrolling the conversation in Messenger until I find what I want. I save each pic (workout) as a note.

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Later, I check my new notes on my pc, and I realize that there are too many. How do I fix this?

Select multiple notes, holding “Ctrl” and clicking on the notes you want.  You´ll see your selection on the right side of your screen and some options. One of them is “Merge”.

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You´ll get a single note with all workouts. A 30-day challenge in a single note. Easy, right?

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You can do the same thing with any Pdf, excel files, docs saved on your p.? Press Ctrl + N to create a new note. Then click on the clip button, and add your files. When you finish, you have all your workouts on all your devices, anytime.

Use the Evernote Web Clipper

The Evernote Web Clipper is available for almost any browser and it´s the easiest way to collect anything from the web.

Once installed, you´ll see the elephant´s head next to the title bar. The browser context menu will also get an Evernote Web Clipper item. To use this option, right-click the mouse while browsing.

web-clipper-icon There are 5 modes of saving a note via the web clipper. web-clipper-saving The extension can show the page as it is (“Article”) web-clipper-exercise-2 or bring a simplified version (“Simplified Article”). web-clipper-exercise-3

The “Full Page” option, stores the whole web page on your Evernote account. Later you can edit the contents of these saved pages. I do not recommend this option because you´ll save all the ads and crap showed in that page.

The “Bookmark” option saves the URL along with a pic and a short description.

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To annotate a webpage’s contents, the screenshot option can be handy. Take a screenshot using the extension and use its rich set of annotating tools.

web-clipper-exercise-5   As you can see, you can save any exercise or workout you like or plan to do in the future in Evernote.

Track your workouts

To track your current workout, I recommend you to create a new notebook, like “My workouts”. Then, create a new note for each day (Tip: Use the date in the title so it´ll be easier to find it later). Make sure to write any information you may need. For example, today is your first day and you may want to take a selfie to review your progress a month from now. Just take the picture and add it to your new note. I ask my clients to do this so we can see the progress every month. This is one of my clients the first day of training.

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I encourage you to explore the toolbar and find what fits better with you and your workouts: tables, checkbox, etc.

For this example, I would like to try something tough, a giant drop set. Four, actually. Have you ever been able to log a giant drop set in any other app? Me neither.

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After each set, you can easily write how much you´ve just lifted. Also, adding any comment on the go is really easy.

If this is not enough for you, enrich your workout with links and take it to a new level. Let´s say you´ve saved some new exercises you want to include in your routine, but you need to refresh your memory on how to do it. In this case, lateral raises. Right-click on the note where the description is at, and select “Copy Note Link”.

workout2 Go back to your workout note, select exercise´s name and press “Ctrl + K” to open a dialog box like this. workout3

“Ctrl + V” to paste the link and then, ok. Video and description are just one click away, while our workout note is still clean.

You can also save your data automatically from your tracking devices into Evernote. See how to do it, here.

Organizing your workouts with tags

Organizing is a very personal thing and you have to find which way works best for you.

These are some differences between notebooks and tags you should know:

  • Notebooks are limited to 250 per personal account, but you can have up to 100,000 tags per account.
  • A note can only exist in one Notebook at a time, but a note may have multiple tags.
  • Notebooks can be stacked but not nested. In essence, this means you can only create a hierarchy that is one level deep: a stack with a group of notebooks. On the other hand, tags can be nested into multiple hierarchies.

Applied to your fitness notes, you have at least two options to organize them:

  1. Create multiple notebooks for different topics: Exercises, Recipes, Tips, Motivation, My workout, etc.
  2. Create a single notebook to store all your fitness notes. Instead of placing a note into a specific notebook, create a tag and assign that tag to the note. For example, instead of a notebook called “My workouts” create a tag and assign it to all your workouts. The advantage is that you can add other tags as well, like “Weightloss”, “Hypertrophy”, etc. so you´ll know what´s the goal of each workout.

Here is how you can quickly add a tag to notes in Evernote:

  1. Open the note you wish to tag.
  2. Open the tags editor.
  3. Type to add your tags. Tag suggestions based on previous tags in Evernote will appear as you type.
  4. Press Return to add a tag
  5. To delete a tag, backspace over the tag text.

Tags can be nested into hierarchies according to whatever makes sense for you. Keep in mind that they will display alphabetically, so you can use symbols like periods, hashtags, or numbers to force your tags into the order you want.

Search Tips

We´ve seen how to get your data into Evernote but, how do you find your notes when you need them? Evernote provides a set of tools for finding almost anything, easily and on-demand.

If you don´t have a lot of notes, the first and easiest way to find your notes is by clicking on a notebook or tag in the left side panel and visually scan the notes.

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This is probably the least advanced method there is, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you know exactly where you want to go, and have organized your notes effectively, simply going to the notebook or tag that the note is categorized by is a great option. As you add more notes, it becomes increasingly difficult.

Next option is the search box. It´s where all the magic happens.

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It works the same way like a search engine, start typing whatever you’re looking for and Evernote will begin narrowing down the results in real time.

If you click on a notebook or tag first, Evernote will limit the search results to those within that notebook or tag group. Also, the search automatically filters out common words like “a”, “and”, “the”, “these”, as well as others, by default. The default method will only display notes containing every word in your search query, but not necessarily in the same order as they are in the search box.

Every note that you create within Evernote has a lot of properties related to it such as what media attachments are included in the note, how it was uploaded and when it was created.

Below are a few of the search operators you can use to narrow down your search:

tag: this operator can be used to find notes with specific tags.

-tag: will search for notes excluding that specific tag.

any: this operator can be used to make a difference between “and” and “or” when you perform a search with two or more words. For example, if you search for shoulder exercises the results will be notes that contain only the words: shoulder exercises. However, if you add the “any” operator before (any: shoulder exercises) the results will be notes containing shoulder OR exercises.

notebook: this operator will specify the search to a specific notebook.

intitle: this operator will search for the specified words in the titles of your notes.

source: this allows you to search via the source you added the note. source:mobile will show you all notes that were created using Evernote on a mobile application.

created: this allows you to search for notes created over a specific time period. created:20140816, searches for all notes created on August 16, 2014.

updated: Searches for notes updated on or after the date specified. If a note hasn’t been updated since the date it was created, the ‘updated’ date will be the same as the ‘created’ date. updated:20140626, searches for all notes updated on June 26, 2014.

todo: Searches for notes containing one or more checkboxes. todo:true, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is checked. todo:false, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is not checked. todo:*, surfaces notes that contain a checkbox, if it’s checked or not.

encryption: Searches for notes that include text that has been encrypted with Evernote’s built-in encryption system.

latitude: longitude: altitude: Searches for notes that were created at or near the specified coordinates.

Use the + or – to include or exclude certain words. Example: weightloss -diet +exercise  will display all notes with the words weightloss and exercise, but not diet. Note that these also work with other search operators, such as tag.

The asterisk can be put at the end of anything and will give you the results of the search term before it. For instance, if you can remember how to spell an exercise, but remember part of it, type what you can remember and add the * at the end, Evernote will take care of the rest. This is especially helpful in cases where you’re searching for the base word, but want to include other variations of it, like plural forms.

You might already use quotations to get an exact phrase. However, you only need one quotation (“) at the beginning of your phase.

You can combine search operators to improve and narrow results. Using the Boolean techniques in combination with search operators is yet another way to improve results.

Eventually,  you can create a “Saved Search” and re-use it whenever you need it. To do this, just search and select File | New Saved Search. Name your search in the first field (this is solely for your use, so name it whatever you feel will make it easy to recognize). To see your saved search, just clear the search bar and click on it. A list of recent and saved searches will appear.

I think you have now an idea how to use Evernote for fitness. Let me know if you have any questions. I´ll be glad to help you!
Do you need help to achieve your fitness goals? I still have some available spots.
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Elokenz: share your evergreen content

Today I want to share with you an app that I´m in love with, Elokenz.

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Writing a good article takes time. I´m sure you know this and you have felt the struggle. I´ve read somewhere that the average time to write a blog post is 3.5 hours. But our work doesn´t finish after hitting the publish button. The next part of the job is to share it on social networks. And that takes a lot of time too.
First and foremost, you might soon realize that distribution is a boring task. Most of the time you need to prepare an interesting message to introduce your post and then adapt it to various channels. So you’ll spend most of your time rewriting the same kind of introduction. Personally, I just hate it. Do you?
Besides, if you are just getting started, then you may actually spend more time on the promotion of content instead of writing.
Elokenz is a web app designed to help you auto-repost for as long as you want your “evergreen content” on your favorite social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+) without becoming too intrusive. Elokenz allows you to add/import your best content, even by using RSS feeds. You can then manually pick which items to re-post and customize each article in terms of title, image, link, and description. Finally, you set an editorial calendar that establishes at which days and times your selected content is going to be reposted.
What makes a piece of content evergreen is that it’s not about current events, a specific holiday, a trend or other short-lived themes. It is about themes within your industry that would interest your readers at any time of the year. For example, it might be an article on how to do a Modified Hurdler Stretch correctly, your new book on Amazon, or a podcast about the basics of marketing. This type of content stays relevant a long time after its publication and will attract new readers at any time of the year. Since they address a timeless subject, they rarely need to be updated.
The Elokenz library allows you to store all your valuable pieces of content. Import your content via a CSV file of an RSS feed and have an overview of all your assets at one glance. Manage your content easily and create a re-post in one click!
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Elokenz doesn’t just share your content at regular intervals. It takes into consideration valuable variables that will help you effectively reach your audience. It will repost your content smartly on a regular basis.
Pro version starts at $10/month for 10 profiles per platform and max 500 reposts/month. 50 Slots in your Library + 10 additional Slots per month and, of course, Performance Analytics.

Agency version starts at $26/month for 25 profiles per platform, 1500 scheduled Reposts per month, 150 Slots in your library + 30 additional slots per month, Performance Analytics, and bulk upload (CSV).

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If you blog is about marketing, your audience will be other bloggers who try to market their blog/product. If your blog is about fitness, your audience is probably composed of a majority of people who want to get in shape. If you are selling a product/service, you can advertise through content. Ads can be annoying, plus it doesn’t really count as an article since it doesn’t bring anything to your audience.
Instead, find a different angle: write about the benefits that your service will bring them and interact with your audience.
Take content marketing automation to the next level with an intelligent automation tool. Let Elokenz do the hard work for you!
DISCLOSURE: All images are from Elokenz website.
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The Warm-Up

Hello, dears!

I´ve just found a new video editing app that I think you may like too. It´s Lumen5 and turns your blog post into videos with no effort and lots of fun. You enter the link you want to convert and they find related images and animations. You choose what you like, edit a little bit, add your logo, find music, and ready to download and share!

I started with one of my oldest articles. Never forget the importance of warming up before a workout, match or competition. Btw, do you want to try this app? Visit Lumen5.com :)

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Yes, it happened: The interview

Hello, dears!

Finally, I had the interview with the Jordan Marketing Director. She is a charming woman who even showed me the snow, melting,  in Portland.

Only 30 minutes were scheduled but I felt comfortable speaking English, and we were talking more than an hour.  I know I earned the extra time, she didn´t stop typing and asking, digging in my answers. She opened my brain, dissecting my experience inside the Breakfast Club, training habits, expectations, goals, results… but also, personal info, clothing, equipment, purchasing habits, and so on. I had extra questions because I´m Spanish and they focused (and expected) on US athletes.

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The Breakfast Club delivers workouts through Facebook Messenger, and I told her  I had used it years ago to train people, geographically remote. She was pretty interested.

 

 

 

 

 

Like 15 questions later, she asked: “How would you improve the program?”

“Hiring me”, I said.

“So, you would hire yourself to improve it?”, ensuring there was no mistake in translations.

“Yes!”

“OK, actually, that´s a good idea”.  Nodded and typed.

What she wrote intrigues me.

I also suggested:

how to turn the workouts a little more interactive, allowing each trainee to turn them harder or easier. The next version of the Jordan Breakfast Club is expected next fall. If you find this feature there, you´ve read it here first, ha!

Of course, if they call me offering a job, I will tell it!!