OneNote Synchronisation Strategy

Setting up OneNote to send screenshots and print-outs to a local notebook

Setting up OneNote to send screenshots and print-outs to a local (non-cloud) notebook

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 WiFi (along with the rest of your class) is going to be slow; there’s a lot to update.

That said, I concede that you just want your technology to work, right? So, a good workaround is to be a bit more careful with how you organise your information.

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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’t 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 at the moment where you’re holding all the weight right at the lip. It’s just one final heave and you’re out; you’re in control again!

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Hiding Text with OneNote

An entire section of text hidden using the collapse feature

An entire section of text hidden using the collapse feature. Note the small arrow/handle at the top left. Also note the little [+] which can be used to reveal the hidden text.

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.

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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.

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Have a great week!

A full transcript of the show follows below

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How To Deal With Overwhelm

In this episode I run through my Crisis Mode Productivity system that I’ve used successfully in the past when I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed (usually self-inflected because I’d taken on too much!)

It’s a bit longer than I had planned, but I do go through things in detail.

I also mention a blog post by Marc Jenkins: Must avoid at all costs and recommend that you use Sanebox, because it’s awesome.

As always, feedback welcomed: email bealers@siftware.com or you can get in touch via @bealers or @knucklingdown.

There is also a full transcript of the episode available.

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