How to write in the car with Evernote Are you an aspiring writer stuck in a day
job without enough time to write? Are you trying to maintain a blog but struggle
with consistently updating your posts? Well, in this video, I am going to show you
my workflow for writing in the car. Don’t worry, it’s not as dangerous as
it sounds. Stay tuned. 2. Show Intro: Hi, it’s Brian Dixon and you are watching
The Advance Show, innovative shortcuts and actionable strategies to help you dream bigger,
take action, and move forward. 3. Everyone who is trying to write struggles
with the issue of time. When do you find time to write? I struggled with this very
question as I was completing my doctoral degree and working on a full time job. There was
not enough time. That is, until I began writing in the car. At the time, I had a 25 minute
commute each and every day. I also had a 45 minute commute to class twice a week. All
in all, I was spending over 8 hours in the car each week. I asked myself, is there a
way I could take advantage of all of this time and write? Thanks to the technology most
of us have in our pocket, the answer is yes. 1. I started with a voice recorder and hired
someone on Elance to transcribe my voice recordings. This was a great system, but it got really
expensive, especially if you wanted the transcriptions to be accurate. You could even pay to have
them edited- which for some of you, this might be exactly what you are looking for. But I
was looking for a cheap or even free option to write in the car. In this video, I am going
to show you the system I use almost every day to write more in my life. It’s a system
I have been using for over three years now. 2. You will need three tools. A pair of headphones
with a mic. A smart phone (I use an iPhone). And the evernote app. Here is my workflow
1. Before I leave the driveway, I open my evernote app and create a new note.
2. I press the microphone button and begin talking.
3. The evernote app records for about 30 seconds, and transcribes everything that I said. That’s it. Now here are a few best practices I have learned. 1. Kick-start your writing.
When I am struggling with what to write or need a little inspiration, I’ll open up
my audible app (to play an audio book), rhapsody or pandora to play some music, or my podcast
app to listen to a podcast. I then open up my evernote app so I
am ready to record any ideas that come to
me. Evernote will pause whatever else was playing while you record your ideas. Once
the recording is done, the music will unpause. 2. Talk like a robot.
With every operating system update, the speech recognition seems to be getting better. Even
so, I have found that talking like a robot helps improve the accuracy of the transcription.
3. Learn a few simple commands. New line. Period. Dash. Speaking punctuation
commands out loud can make your writing much easier to read and understand later on. And now, for a bonus tip. Print out your future topics list. I keep a table of contents or a blog post
topics brainstorm list. I actually have a printed list of topics that
I want to write and create videos about. This way, if the idea well is dry, I can simply
review this list before I start
driving. So what about you? How could you use this tip to advance your
own writing and blogging goals? Leave a comment below the video. For more practical tips and actionable strategies
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