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  1. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    Yes, Evernote is pretty similar to OneNote, and Evernote's mobile versions are very popular and seem better than OneNote's current ones. I also considered Evernote in the past; I'm knowing Scrivener and Instapaper now thanks to you, and I think they can be useful for people I know, depending on the use case. Although I prefer .org files also on mobile for the most direct integration, some people use Evernote and Org-mode together. The two can integrate using Emacs evernote mode and org-post-subtree-to-evernote. In fact, many systems and resources can integrate with Emacs Org-mode. In general, other systems are often easier, but Org-mode is a really powerful one, and can be useful as a central hub for multiple system integration.
  2. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    On Scrivener and Org-mode, I've just seen an interesting discussion, "Org Writer's room", among Org-mode users talking about Scrivener, with screenshots, etc. (see it in one page or thread). They recommend Emacs Speedbar for quick file navigation similar to Scrivener's. I'm using good old Emacs Dired with custom keybindings such as Shift-F1 for this, but the graphical, resizable and movable Speedbar (see a screenshot) seems user friendly indeed, and both mouse or keyboard can be used for file navigation with Speedbar, like with Dired.
  3. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    Another alternative to Org-mode is MS OneNote, user friendly like Scrivener. OneNote is an alternative to the note-taking aspect of Org-mode rather than its publishing aspect. Time ago I was considering to use OneNote, but ended using Emacs Org-mode for the reasons I've mentioned, among others. Also, Org-mode is multi-purpose, and an advantage over Scrivener for the publishing aspect is Org-mode's export to LaTeX, DocBook, etc. On the other hand, both Scrivener and Org-mode can export to ODT, PDF...
  4. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    Thanks, I've just looked into Scrivener, really interesting and user-friendly. I think probably they can interact via import and export, for example: Org-mode <-> HTML <-> Scrivener. The HTML -> Org-mode import can be done with Pandoc; the rest, with Org-mode's export, and Scrivener's import and export. Also, it seems .scrivx files use an XML format, so in theory they could be created directly, customizing org-export-generic; I think this method could keep the project structure. Personally, I prefer open source Org-mode with its plain text files and lightweight markup format (for *bold* style, etc.), easily readable and editable with any text editor. For example, I use Jota Text Editor on my Android smartphone for my .org files. I sync with my Linux laptop using Unison, but most people use Dropbox sync for computer <-> mobile (tablets, etc.). Another reason to use an universal open format such as plain text is long-term data preservation: I've had problems and lost time with a large number of documents in obsolete proprietary formats. Scrivener and Org-mode are both excellent and have similarities, and what Scrivener basically does can be done with Org-mode outlines, moving subsections around, etc. But of course Scrivener's user interface is very nice.
  5. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    And thanks for your kind welcome. By the way, I think an interesting implementation of this kind of Ivy Lee priority task lists is included in the open source Emacs Org-mode:
  6. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    All right, I've seen a couple more sources on the relationship between Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale, and it's confirmed that they knew each other and cooperated for some projects. In the seemingly well-researched book A Lifetime of Riches: The Biography of Napoleon Hill, by Michael J. Ritt, Jr. and Kirk Landers, the authors try to be factual telling both Hill's successes and failures. Hill himself talked about his mistakes not applying to his own life his research findings about remarkable people, on the other hand successfully applied by many of his readers. Ritt, one of the authors, worked closely for Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone, the well-known Chicago magnate, during the years these two were associated (since 1952). This biography tells how Nightingale and Hill met in 1953 to promote one of Hill's minor books, "Think Your Way to Wealth", revised and released as "How to Raise Your Own Salary". A brief excerpt, among other details (they cooperated later): A different kind of book is "Leading with Trust is like Sailing Downwind", by Robert Whipple, but also mentions the relationship between Hill and Nightingale. An excerpt of an article adapted from this other book: And about Hill as the origin of that specific Ivy Lee story, while in absence of a complete confirmation, everything seems to point in his direction.
  7. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    About Napoleon Hill, although people often attribute that Ivy Lee story to him, and although he seems indeed the most likely origin of the story, I have not been able to verify it with a reliable source. For example, one of the many people attributing the Ivy Lee story to Napoleon Hill is Dave Albano, who says about it: "this is the same technique handed down to me personally by my friend and mentor Bob Proctor, the very same one handed down to him by Earl Nightingale, who had it handed down to him by the legendary Napoleon Hill... the Father of Personal Development." It's true that Bob Proctor worked some years for Earl Nightingale and surely knew the story from him, but about the rest of Albano's phrase, also in this case I have not found a reliable source to verify it. Albano also, maybe confused, mentions Andrew Carnegie -as well known by Hill- instead of Charles M. Schwab. Perhaps people who knew Nightingale, like Bob Proctor, if asked, could confirm the Napoleon Hill -> Earl Nightingale part of this transmission chain. The oldest verified source that I know including the Charles M. Schwab & Ivy Lee story is Earl Nightingale's audio betseller Lead the Field (1960), published and well-known during the life of Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), who knew both Schwab and Lee. However, Nightingale just explains the story and does not mention its origin in that recording. By the way, differently to most other versions such as Bob Proctor's, Nightingale does not mention Schwab, just "the president of a steel company" and Ivy Lee. In 1960, Nightingale -apart from his popular radio program "Our Changing World"- also published a condensed audio version of Hill's "Think and Grow Rich", so the two men, both famous (see an Earl Nightingale's bio), probably cooperated about that time (also not confirmed). Napoleon Hill was a lecturer as well, and it's possible that the story passed from Hill to Nightingale through a public lecture, or a personal conversation. So, again, this is not sure, just what most probably happened.
  8. Internet Sources (and something on efficiency)

    There is another version from 1960, previous to Mackenzie's "The Time Trap" (first published 1972). A quote of what I wrote about it on the talk page of Ivy Lee's Wikipedia article: