Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer


Hi, I'm Bealers and I use this blog to share some of the things I learn whilst I'm on my journey. If you're new to the site then you might want to start here. The best place to find me is on Instagram.

2016 in Review


2015 ended with me having a panic attack in a restaurant car-park, somewhere in South Bristol. It’s not as bad as it sounds and in hindsight I put it down to that end-of-year, exhausted-after-stumbling-across-the-finish-line thing where your body gives up a bit and¬†is more vulnerable. But still,¬†it was a shame, because up to that point I’d been keeping chimp-boy in his cage¬†after...

Life Planning & Journaling with OneNote


I recently spoke at the Learn OneNote conference 2016. It was a virtual conference, with all the talks being recorded in advance of the day and then released over the space of a few days to match the schedule.
This talk describes my productivity system in detail, a system that has evolved over the 10 years that I’ve been using OneNote.

OneNote Sync To OneDrive Explained


To get the most power out of OneNote you want to be able to synchronise the contents of your notebooks between devices and possibly share them with other people. Cloud based save, sync or sharing is a standard requirement for most software these days and OneNote is no exception by offering such a feature. However, due to the smart way that OneNote handles synchronisation and coupled...

Evernote Page Tagging in OneNote


If you’re coming¬†over to OneNote from Evernote¬†you might immediately miss¬†the ability to tag your pages as you’re used to.
Evernote’s page level tagging is a powerful feature but what you may not know is that you can effectively emulate this feature in OneNote too.

OneNote Synchronisation Strategy


OneNote does some clever things under the hood to provide you with pain-free multi-user synchronisation across your devices. However, a common complaint is that it can be slow to update if the notebook has lots of large embedded PDFs or files. This is pretty understandable if you take a minute to think about it. Adding a lot of new class notes or handouts and then syncing them over dodgy...

Getting Out of a Rut


Getting a cart out of a rut is hard. The sides are steep and it’s hard to gain purchase. Just a slight turn to either side is ineffective. The wheels won‚Äôt catch; they just hit the sides & bounce off. To get it out you need to commit. Making a confident directional change and then giving it a big effort to pull. That pull also needs to go on for some time. But if you keep at, especially...

Hiding Text with OneNote


An often overlooked feature in OneNote is the ability to collapse and expand hierarchical text.
This allows you to¬†free up valuable page space by hiding content that you don’t need to always see.

Dear OneNote API dev team


I’m only writing this publicly as I don’t know how to get hold of you, and that’s kind of the point.
Sure there are many official channels including your website, Uservoice, Stack Overflow and even Twitter, but none of these seem suitable for certain circumstances.

Tip To Avoid Procrastination


I keep it short this week: a quick update and thoughts on my¬†coming, time-poor, week. I then share¬†a very effective tip for avoiding the dreaded P-word: procrastination. As always if you have any feedback or suggestions then please do¬†get in touch, I’m bealers@siftware.com. I’m @bealers on Twitter and there’s also @knucklingdown on Twitter. Links from show: The Brain Audit The...

OneNote Workflow Examples


To give you some ideas of how you might use OneNote I provide a detailed run-through of my personal workflows. This system has evolved over the past 10 years of me using OneNote nearly every day.
It also touches on my morning routine and how I use week planning.

Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer