On Evernote and Pivot Tables

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The program comes to an end next week, but I’d actually like to keep up with this blog when I can. I enjoy writing, and it’s kind of a nice outlet. And although I’m looking for full-time jobs at established start-ups, I’ll continue sending out Rundown email newsletters (and I have a few other eBook ideas brewing!)

A few amusing anecdotes from the past couple of weeks:

An Evernote blessing in disguise: I accidentally deleted my most important Evernote “To-Do” note. It’s more like my brain’s dumping ground than a to-do list — color-coded and formatted, and I find it cathartic to re-jigger it about 2093483049345 times a day. And with one push of the wrong key, all gone. After a weak attempt to take screenshots in the app on my iPhone and iPad before it synched, I just let it go. Which was extremely refreshing. And then it took me all of about 24 hours to rebuild a new “To-Do” note to the same length and unnecessary (but therapeutic) formatting complexity as before.

Pivot tables: I was talking to my sister about Excel (in reference to a job description that included “A+ Excel skills”). I brought up pivot tables, which allow you to sort and analyze data in Excel a really useful way. (Seriously, they are super cool.) But apparently she thought I was talking about “pivot” in a different sense of the word, connecting it to a Friends episode (which I posted about earlier): “I was imagining all kinds of weird things – a Friends-inspired furniture line with weird angles, spinning table tops, etc…this went on in my head for a good 20 minutes or so before I connected our previous conversation about Excel.”

My takeaways: 1) Taking a step back from nitty gritty details and pushing the “reset button” (on Evernote, on life in general) can be really refreshing. And 2) Sometimes things require more context and explanation than people realize — like sports, or pivot tables.

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