Hi Lifehacker, I love the ideas you have presented for using Evernote and other programs to stay organised. However, I work in Defence and many websites are blocked here for security reasons. Dropbox and Evernote are the main killers for me. Do you have any ideas for staying organised between work and home life when tools like those are not available? Currently I email myself things I want to remember. Thanks, Organising Optimist
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One possible solution is to move these apps over to your smartphone, as 3G access is unlikely to be blocked in your workplace. Dropbox and Evernote are both available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, so this shouldn’t be an issue regardless of which mobile platform you use. When combined with email, it should be easy enough to transfer files/ideas to and from your work computer.
If you’d prefer not to churn through your phone’s data, you can often find portable, self-contained versions of apps which you can drop onto a USB key and run without installing anything on your work computer. (DropboxPortableAHK, for example, is a portable version of Dropbox that comes with Auto Hotkey included.)
For a more old school approach, you could try making notes in a paper notebook and schedule five minutes a day to transfer all the details. Otherwise, you might be able to pick up some tips from our guide on how to be productive in an overly secured workplace.
Finally, it might also be worth having a chat to your IT department about the issue. If you can convince them it’s hampering productivity they may be able to provide you with a virtual drive for non-sanctioned software installations and downloads.
If our readers have any alternative suggestions — particularly for Defense environments — do let OO know in the comments section below.
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