Frank Buck: Productivity for Total Control & Peace of Mind
By Dr. Frank Buck
Frank Buck: Productivity for Total Control & Peace of MindOct 11, 2022
How to Complain and Win: The Secret is the Documentation
This is a story of how to complain and win. Here are 7 takeaways to get a reimbursement when you have a problem on your trip. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-voice-journaling/
Scheduling Meetings Through Email? Gmail Just Made It Much Easier
Gmail and Google Calendar have free features that simulate Calendly and other autoschedulers. Set up a time to meet with ease.
For more information and for the video, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/gmail-meeting/
Email Your Voice? "Vocal" Makes It Easy, Fun, and Fast
Use Vocal.mail to record a voice message within a Gmail or Outlook message. Instead of reading, others listen to your voice. For more information and for the video, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/vocal/
Creating Order Among Chaos: How to Tame the Whirlwind of Activity
I was delighted when Robert Barlow asked me to participate in the "Creating Order Among Chaos" online summits. Now that some months have passed, Robert is allowing me to share my interview with all of you. In this 22-minute interview, we talk about the whirlwind of activity, trapping information on the fly, making your system "fast," the "7PM email," so much more. There are some technical hiccups that you'll hear, but nothing to take away from the content. I hope you enjoy this interview. 🗨️ Join the Discussion: What was your favorite takeaway? Join our community discussion on our website or social media platforms. 📚 Additional Resources: For more, check out the blog post at https://frankbuck.org/creating-order/
Why Are You Late...Again? (And Help for How to Fix It)
In this episode, we explore the world of punctuality through two contrasting stories. Buford, always late for school, presents yet another excuse for his tardiness. On the other hand, Penelope is a master of morning preparation, sharing her secrets to a smooth start.
We empathize with perpetual latecomers and highlight the benefits of being punctual, from feeling relaxed and confident to attracting new opportunities. Say goodbye to the "Why are you late?" glances by embracing Penelope's wisdom and creating a routine for streamlined mornings.
Join us for a hilarious and enlightening discussion on the magic of being on time.
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📚 Additional Resources: For more, check out the blog post https://frankbuck.org/why-are-you-late/
How Calendar Invitations Reduce Stress and Save Time
In this episode, we explore an efficient solution to the chaotic email and calendar management faced by organizations during meetings. By using calendar invitations, the host adds guests, and attendees can simply click "Yes" to have the event automatically appear on their calendars. Any changes made by the host are automatically updated for all participants.
Attachments and meeting links can be seamlessly added to the event, ensuring easy access for everyone. This smarter approach eliminates the need for repetitive emails and manual calendar updates, making meeting organization a breeze. Embrace the new way of handling meetings and bid farewell to the madness! 📅📧🚀
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📚 Additional Resources: For more, check out the blog post at https://frankbuck.org/calendar-invitations/
What? We Can't Bring Our Phones to School? (Here's Help)
In this episode, we discuss the backlash against student cell phone use in schools. We also introduce the effective "Index Card Method" to stay productive without having the productivity tools the cell phone offers. The episode emphasizes responsible phone usage in schools and encourages listeners to view phones as tools, not toys, for better productivity. 📱🚫🏫🎒
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📚 Additional Resources: For more, check out the blog post at https://frankbuck.org/student-cell-phones
Here is additional information referenced in this episode: Cell phones being banned in Dutch schools
Call Yourself (But Get Ready for a Big Surprise)
In this episode, we explore the significance of maintaining effective voicemail systems in schools and businesses. The episode recounts amusing and frustrating experiences with neglected voicemail systems, highlighting the need for better communication practices. It emphasizes the importance of understanding what callers experience when they contact an organization and provides practical tips for ensuring a professional and up-to-date voicemail system.
Listeners will learn about the impact of poor communication on an organization's image and be encouraged to take proactive steps to improve their voicemail systems. Overall, it's a lighthearted yet insightful discussion on the importance of efficient communication technology.
📢 Share your experiences: Have you encountered any hilarious or exasperating voicemail encounters? Share your stories in the comments!
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Additional Resources: Come over to the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/call-yourself/
Be More Productive with the Windows 11 Split Screen
In this episode, Fran Buck explains how to split your screen on Windows 11 to view multiple windows simultaneously. He shows how to turn on the "Snap windows" setting and then hover over the "maximize" box to choose from six different screen-splitting options. He demonstrates how to select which window appears in each part of the split screen and how to rearrange the whole thing by mouse over the square icon. With a little practice, you can easily split your screen into two, three, or four parts, making multitasking much more efficient.
- Introduction to the benefits of using dual monitors for multitasking
- Explanation of the improved real estate available with larger monitors and the opportunity to view multiple windows on one screen
- Step-by-step guide to splitting your screen on Windows 11:
- Conclusion and invitation to visit FrankBuck.org to join his email list, subscribe to his podcast or YouTube channel, and access more productivity and organization content.
For more, visit the post: https://frankbuck.org/windows-11-split-screen/
LiveLink.ai: Review of How to Create Short-Form Content Easily
If you create long-form content and want to create short-form social media snips to drive traffic, here's my review of LiveLink.ai.
Sign up for LiveLink.ai: https://bit.ly/frankbucklivelink
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/livelink-review/
#AIHacks #AITools #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #LiveLink #RepuposeContent #ContentCreator #CreatorTips #livelinkai #opus #opusclip #getmunch
Create Short-Form Video Easily with LiveLink.ai
Want to give LiveLink.ai a try? Here's the URL to use: https://bit.ly/frankbucklivelinkFor more, visit the companion blog post: https://frankbuck.org/livelink
Take your YouTube video and create snippets for social media in one easy step. Put the YouTube link into LiveLink.ai and watch the magic. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/livelink
#AIHacks #AITools #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #LiveLink #RepuposeContent #ContentCreator #CreatorTips #livelinkai #opus #opusclip #getmunch
If I Could Have Seen Land: A Story for Overcoming the Fog
In this episode, we delve into the remarkable story of Florence Chadwick, an unsung hero whose determination and resilience continue to inspire us today.
Join us as we explore her historic attempt to swim the Catalina Channel, the challenges she faced, and the lessons we can learn from her experience.
On this Independence Day, let's declare our own independence and overcome the fog that hinders our path to success.
Read more about Florence Chadwick's inspiring journey: https://frankbuck.org/florence-chadwick
Tags:#Inspiration #OvercomingChallenges #Motivation #IndependenceDay #SuccessStory
The New Teacher's Big List of All the Little Things
🔔 Are you a new teacher or know someone who is? This post is a must-watch! 🍎
Starting a new role in a new location can be overwhelming, but we've got you covered. Join us as we provide a comprehensive checklist to make your induction process systematic and stress-free.
From getting to know the key people in your school to familiarizing yourself with important places and equipment, this checklist covers it all. Discover the essential systems, procedures, and records you'll need to handle, ensuring a smooth transition into your teaching career.
Don't miss out on these valuable tips and tricks. Hit that share button and help new teachers start their journey confidently. Remember, the little things add up to make a big impact! 🌟
👥 Topics covered in this video:
- The people you will meet: Principal, guidance counselor, special education team, and more.
- The places you will find: Office, classrooms, media center, and more.
- The equipment you will use: Copier, computers, projector, and more.
- The records you will keep: Attendance, report cards, professional development, and more.
- The systems you will create: Substitute folder, portfolio system, gradebook, and more.
- The procedures you will follow: School norms, transitions, discipline policy, and more.
- The town where you will teach: Local attractions, nearby stores, and more.
- The contact information you will need: Principal, mentor, parents, and more.
- The learning environment you will structure: Bulletin boards, seating chart, supplies, and more.
- The supplies you will need: Digital plan book, textbooks, markers, and more.
- The cooperation you will foster: Classroom rules, newsletters, class website, and more.
Join us on this exciting journey and make your new teaching experience a resounding success! 🎓✨
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/new-teacher-big-list
An Easy Way to Follow Up on What Others Owe You
In this episode, we emphasize the importance of having a system to follow up on tasks delegated to others, items loaned out, and orders placed with companies. I share my own experience of using a Tickler File and a memo pad to keep track of these things, eventually shortening the phrase "Expect to receive" to "ETR."I explain how they now use a digital task list and attach an "ETR" tag to any task where they are expecting someone else to come through. They also provide a pro tip for sorting the ETR items by due date.
We all have a need for a system like this, especially as our careers advance and our success depends more on getting work done through other people. The habit of making an entry on the to-do list with an expected completion date can provide peace of mind and help develop a reputation as someone who follows up. We conclude with the reminder that relying on memory for all responsibilities and expectations is a recipe for disaster, and simple systems are necessary for our complex lives.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/waiting-for/
How to Organize Evernote With a Better Tagging System
IntroductionRecap of previous episode: Comparing Evernote and Notion tagging.Importance of filtering information to find what's needed at the time.
Segment 1: Notebooks vs. Tags
The ongoing debate in the Evernote community regarding organization methods.
The host's preference: Using both notebooks and tags.
Segment 2: Evernote Sidebar Overview
Description of the Evernote sidebar layout.
Inbox as a temporary holding place for notes until they are categorized.
Introduction to the "Current Projects" stack for works in progress.
Utilizing digital task manager "Remember The Milk" for project-related tasks.
Segment 3: Reference Notebooks
Exploring the list of reference notebooks.
Highlighting the stack for completed projects turned into reference material.
Segment 4: Sharing and Collaboration
The ability to share notebooks with others.
Limitations of sharing tags.
Segment 5: Benefits and Strategy of Using Tags
Primary use of tags as dividers within notebooks.
Creating tags corresponding to each notebook as placeholders.
Demonstrating nested tags for organizing subcategories.
Tag naming strategy: Prefixes for efficient tagging.
Importance of avoiding spaces in tag and notebook names for effective searching.
Segment 6: Evernote Organization Tips
Step-by-step guide to getting organized with Evernote:
1. Creating an Inbox for temporary note storage.
2. Establishing a stack for current projects.
3. Creating tags that mirror notebook categories.
4. Prefixing subtags for improved clarity.The benefits of a well-planned system for finding and rediscovering information.
Encouragement to add "clean up Evernote tags" to the personal to-do list.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-tags
Tagging in Evernote vs. Notion. Which Result Looks Better to You?
In this episode, we compare Evernote and Notion, two popular note-taking and organization platforms, to see how they handle data collection, organization, and filtering. We dive into the experience of a former band director and explore how his extensive collection of notes would look in both platforms. Join us as we discuss the plusses and minuses of each tool and discover which one might be the better fit for your needs.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-notion/
Thank you for listening to our Evernote vs. Notion comparison! We hope this episode has provided you with valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of these note-taking platforms. Remember to subscribe to our channel for more content on time management, organization, and productivity. Stay tuned for future episodes!
Evernote AI Note Cleanup: A First Impression
What is the Evernote "Temporary Trash Can"? (Glad You Asked)
Description: In this episode, the concept of the "Temporary Trash Can" is introduced as a system for managing temporary files both in paper and digital formats. The video explains how to designate a specific drawer or folder for storing temporary files, and how to regularly purge these files once they have served their purpose. The video also provides tips on setting reminders to ensure that the temporary files are regularly purged, and how to apply the system to digital files using platforms like OneDrive, iCloud, and Google Drive. Show Notes: Introduction (0:00) The challenge of managing temporary files (0:32) The concept of the "Temporary Trash Can" (0:57) Applying the concept to paper files (1:25) Example of using the "Temporary Trash Can" for assembly instructions (2:00) How to purge the "Temporary Trash Can" (2:46) Applying the concept to digital files (3:18) Using platforms like OneDrive, iCloud, and Google Drive for digital "Temporary Trash Can" (3:54) Tips for setting reminders to purge temporary files (4:40) Logistics and examples of use (This is the good part!) (5:10)
For more, visit the post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-temporary-trash-can/
Evernote: How to Solve These Two Automation Surprises
We dive into the world of automation and discuss what to do when things go wrong. Automation can be a lifesaver when it comes to performing repetitive tasks, but occasionally, it can break down. Today, we focus automations involving Evernote, IFTTT, and TaskClone, and share personal experiences with unexpected surprises and their solutions. Whether you're a current user or considering these services, this episode will provide valuable insights.
Segment 1: Evernote Automation with If This Then That (IFTTT)Introduction to "Frank's Journal," an essential Evernote note for daily logging and calendar events.Demonstration of the automation process using If This Then That (IFTTT) service.Exploring the "Journaling with Your Voice Using Evernote" video tutorial.The convenience of having a date/time-stamped snapshot of the day with all relevant events and happenings.Surprise #1: The automation unexpectedly stops working.
Segment 2: TaskClone Automation for EvernoteIntroduction to TaskClone, a powerful automation tool for task management within Evernote. Use case scenario: Taking meeting notes with integrated to-do tasks.
Surprise #2: Multiple instances of the same task appearing on the task list.
NOTE: Pardon the several-second gap around 6:20. (Sometimes "done" is better than "perfect.") In the gap, I tell you when you apply the "TaskClone" tag to an Evernote note, close the note immediately.
Explanation: Conflict arising from Evernote's real-time editing feature.Solution: Adjustments to workflow and avoiding simultaneous editing of specific notes.
Conclusion: Automation can be incredibly beneficial, but it's crucial to be prepared for unexpected issues. In the case of Evernote and TaskClone, simple adjustments and best practices can help maintain a smooth automation experience. Whether you're currently utilizing these services or considering them, the insights shared in this episode will assist you in overcoming potential challenges. For more content and resources on organization and productivity, visit FrankBuck.org and join the email list to stay updated on future episodes.
Thank you for tuning in to this episode, where Frank Buck helps you get organized and make it look easy.
For more, visit the post at https://frankbuck.org/evernote-automation-surprise
The Amazing Legend of the 2-Cent Notepad
In this episode, we explore the power of the 2-cent notepad as a tool for productivity and success. We'll discuss the story of a former student who credits his success to observing his teacher's use of the notepad, and the inspiring stories of other "devotees of the pad," from Leonardo da Vinci to Beethoven. We'll also delve into the importance of having a tool and using it consistently, and how it can earn you the right to forget about your ideas until the right time.
Segment 1: Introduction
- Introduce the topic of the power of the 2-cent notepad
- Provide an overview of the video's content
Segment 2: The Story of the Former Student
- Discuss the story of the former student who learned the power of the notepad from his teacher
- Highlight the importance of observing and learning from others
Segment 3: Devotees of the Pad
- Explore the stories of other successful individuals who used notepads to trap their ideas
- Highlight the universality of the practice across time and culture
Segment 4: The Right to Forget About It
- Discuss the importance of having a tool and using it consistently to trap ideas and to-dos
- Emphasize the value of earning the right to forget about your ideas until the right time
Segment 5: Conclusion
- Sum up the main points of the video
- Encourage viewers to try using a notepad or other tool to enhance their productivity and success
- Provide a link to the full text of "The Technique of Getting Things Done" for interested viewers.
Evernote Real-Time Editing: It's New and It's Great
Learn about the latest enhancement to Evernote, which now allows for real-time editing, enabling users to collaborate on notes and notebooks simultaneously. This feature has implications for business meetings, group projects, and even college classes. Check if you have the feature and experiment with its capabilities.
- Introduction to Evernote real-time editing
- How it works: two friends taking notes in the same notebook, editing simultaneously
- Implications for business: sharing meeting agendas and adding ideas and next steps in real-time
- How to check if you have the feature
- Experimenting with the feature: typing in the same note on two different devices and seeing the text appear in real-time, knowing who is making edits
Keywords: Evernote, real-time editing, collaboration, notes, notebooks, business, meetings, agenda, ideas, knowledge worker.
For more, visit the post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-real-time-editing/
We Teach People How to Treat Us
My Own Thoughts: How ChatGPT Can Make Your Life Easier
I wrote an article on ChatGPT and let ChatGPT do it for me. Here, I give my thoughts on my own experiences with this tool. You will definitely want to come over to the blog post to view the examples discussed: https://frankbuck.org/chatgpt-thoughts/
You'll Never Believe Who Wrote This Article
I wanted to write an article to teach people how to use ChatGPT. So, I let ChatGPT do the writing for me. Listen here and also come over to the blog post to view the text composed by ChatGPT: https://frankbuck.org/chatgpt-example
The Educator's 6 Survival Strategies for Ending "May Madness"
"March Madness" is over. For educators, "May Madness" is about to begin. Here's how to prepare for it. Make May the perfect end to a perfect year. For more, visit the post: https://frankbuck.org/may-madness/
Your Time Management System: Should You Junk It or Fix It?
Your time management system used to work. Now it doesn't. Here's what to do to get your system hitting on all cylinders again.
When you get two productivity guys together, you never know what you'll get. It's living proof that "1+1" sometimes equals "3." Francis Wade had me as a guest on his podcast. A pretty significant concept came out of it, and I talked about that concept in a post called "How to Make Your Old System Handle Your New Responsibilities."
This week, we bring you that entire podcast in this space. Topics are as follows:
3:20 Peter's Problem
6:15 What worked before isn't working now
10:55 Comparing software
17:15 When our roles change...
25:45 My first system
26:55 Eternal principles
28:00 New system or clean the system?
36:05 A system that handles the volume.
49:30 How systems differ with age and role
54:00 The Nick Saban secret
60:50 Where to learn more
For more information, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/time-management-system/
Evernote: 4 Powerful Keyboard Shortcuts You Need Today
The Freedom to Forget About It: Could It Be Yours Today?
What's the Future of Evernote? (You Decide)
We all get nervous when there's change afoot. What does the future hold for Evernote? More importantly, what can you and I do to shape how Evernote makes our lives easier? For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/future-of-evernote
Save Time Daily with this Windows 11 Snipping Tool Secret
Riddle: What takes 30 seconds one time and saves you time every single day?
Answer: Reconfiguring the Windows 11 snipping tool.
For more, visit the blog post>> https://frankbuck.org/windows-11-snipping-tool
How to Handle Multiple Projects With Ease
I Can Only Do One Thing at a Time
"Just" is a Four-Letter Word
The words we use empower us or diminish us. It's our choice. Today, we explore getting rid of "just" and learn about follow-through.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/just-is-a-four-letter-word/
It's Groundhog Day!: How to Turn Monotony into Super Productivity
Do you type the same things over and over and over again? Use a text expander, such as Text Blaze, and make "Groundhog Day" a friend.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/its-groundhog-day-2/
Read the article on MiddleWeb.com: https://www.middleweb.com/48394/when-emailing-reminds-you-of-groundhog-day Read my other articles on MiddleWeb.com: https://www.middleweb.com/?s=frank+buck Create an account on Text Blaze and get a month of Text Blaze Pro for free: https://bit.ly/frankbucktextblaze
How to Detox Your To-Do List in 5 Easy Steps
How I Won Evernote's Great Expert Bake-Off
Here's a great Evernote use case to help you collect and share great recipes. This was a fun activity you can replicate.
For more, visit the blog post>> https://frankbuck.org/evernote-expert-bake-off
Here's my recipe: https://bit.ly/frankbuck215
Here's the whole cookbook: https://bit.ly/frankbuck214
Here's the Simple Secret to Organizing Gift Cards
We're Not Where We Used to Be (Thank Goodness)
This Lou Holtz quote serves as motivation to say "thank goodness" when we've moved past the worst and the best is yet to be.
For more, visit the blog post>> https://frankbuck.org/thank-goodness
Mentioned in this episode:
https://amzn.to/3G2vjWl (In a Google Alert re: Amazon Music)
https://bit.ly/frankbuck230 (When the Good Time Come Again)
The Best of "Get Organized" for 2022
The Night Before Christmas For the Band Director
We all know 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This rendition for band directors and band students first appeared years ago in The Instrumentalist magazine. For the text of the poem, come over to the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/the-night-before-christmas-for-the-band-director
A Brand New Paper Planner: Salvation or Mirage?
Are you seeing lots of ads for brand-new paper planners? Is a new planner really the answer to your productivity? There's an easier answer. Visit the blog post for more information and for the video: https://frankbuck.org/paper-planner-mirage/
Have a Wonderful, Email-Free Holiday (If You Dare)
Return from the holidays with an empty inbox. This vacation autoresponder I suggest is a bit daring. Are you bold enough to give it a try? For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/email-free-holiday/
10 Time Management Tactics: The Leaders Asset with Robert Barlow
Robert Barlow interviews me as a part of "The Leaders Asset" Summit. We give you 10 time management tactics you can start implementing today. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/time-management-tactics/
Big Things or Small Things?: Time Management's "Two-Handed Truth"
Change Your Productivity System?: Anything Work At First
Do you keep changing from one productivity system to another? Here's the secret to why each one succeeds for a little while and then fails.
For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/productivity-system-anything-works-at-first
9 Gift Ideas for the Productive Person
Do you have one of those “organized” and “productive” people on your gift list? Here are nine gift ideas. You're sure to find something they'll love. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/gifts-for-productive
8 Gift Ideas for the Principal (and 1 no-no)
Is there a school principal on your gift list? Here are gift ideas that range from store-bought to homemade. But there's also a no-no. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/gifts-for-principal/
What Scares You? Is It Your Desk?
Halloween is the one day of the year we have fun with "scary things." What if your desk was a scary thing all year long? Here's the secret to a clean desk.
For more information, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/what-scares-you-desk/
Hit "Reply." (Surprise, It's Not That Hard)
Evernote Filtered Note Widget: Your Safety Net for the End of the Day
In a world that moves quickly, are you willing to risk important information falling through the cracks? Use an Evernote filtered notes widget to seal cracks. For more, visit the blog post: https://frankbuck.org/evernote-filtered-notes-widget/