011 Milanote

011 Milanote

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Capture and plan your best ideas without being scattered across multiple apps, emails and hand written notes. milanote.com

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There are so many unique ways of capturing to do’ lists, reminders, notes and sometimes this creates unnecessary confusion.

If you’re having an absolute nightmare trying to piece together your ideas for current or future projects and if you’ve been worried in the past that this is a problem unique to you.

I want you to calm your self down. You can get your self sorted. You just need a back to basics approach.

Tech companies are moving rapidly to solve the specific problems of their consumers which is brilliant but sometimes finding the simplest and easiest solution for a specific problem like a good old fashioned brainstorm can be difficult.

That’s where I’m trying to come in filter the options and reveal the upside of the best solutions and after using a number of different brain storming solutions over the last few months in the creation of this podcast I think I’ve found the winner.

I know you have solid intentions to create impact irrespective of the magnitude and the product I’m going to talk to you about will show you how to get everything out of your head and organise it in the best way I have ever seen all on one screen.

In my opinion Milanote is the best solution on the web for collecting your thoughts, exploring your options and figuring it all out in one place.

If you want to search now while your listening go to https://www.milanote.com/

This product will allow you to capture and plan your best ideas without being scattered across multiple apps, emails and hand written notes.

With this episode I want to aim this episode at any individual who is planning a creative project.

Milanote brings big impact to startups, marketers, designers and product managers just to name a few.

You can start from scratch dropping in notes, to do lists, graphics, links and columns. From the options that are available right now. It is the best product I can see for dropping everything onto one screen without having to chop in and out of different tabs, apps and other software. All in one. It’s Brilliant.

There’s plenty of templates to get going with inside the app like:

  • Customer Journery Maps
  • Team Planners
  • Creative Briefs
  • Mood Boards
  • Hiring Processes
  • Sales Pipelines

The options are limitless.

The only way for you to see your ideas, notes and research side by side, generate ideas, explore creative possibilities and gradually add structure as you begin to see patterns and connections is by having seamless access to everything in one place and from what what I can see on the list of options right now, the best way to achieve this result is through Milanote.

I’m searching far and wide for the tools that are going to help facilitate the most growth and impact possible.

For too long I have been hamstringing my-self with a written notebook, countless notes in Evernote, screen shots across multiple devices and an endless amount of bookmarks saved across Chrome and Safari. Let me know if you relate to this?

What I am seeing with Milanote is that when everything is side by side I can view it all entirely differently and begin to connect the dots. It’s an absolute winner for housing everything under one roof.

In a great article on the Milanote Blog.

Ollie Campbell Founder of Mianote and fellow Australian reveals 4 simple ideas which form the heart of the creative process and in turn the core underlying principles of Milanote.

Through studying hundreds of different creatives Ollie set out to answer a question:

How do creative people work?

He says: Creativity is special. It’s something uniquely human, something that no amount of computing power will ever replace. The ability to see things that don’t exist yet. But it’s also often misunderstood. Ask someone to imagine a piece of creative work and they’ll tell you about a beautiful design or a perfect final manuscript. They’ll tell you about something finished.

But creative people know that behind every great piece of work is a long process of uncertainty, missteps and dead-ends. And while it can be messy and unstructured, this part is also magical — the time where nothing turns into something.

Over the past two years creating Milanote Ollie and his team have conducted research with hundreds of creative professionals: designers, writers, children’s book authors, video game designers and filmmakers and while all of these people produce different outputs, the process they use to get there is strikingly similar.

Ollie believes there are four key ingredients to every creative process.

1. Creative thinking is visual and non-linear

When you put your ideas, notes, inspiration and research side by side you start to see things differently — and that’s the essence of creativity.

2. Creative thinking is all about creating connections

Creative people turn a bunch of unrelated stuff  into a meaningful whole.

3. Creative thinking is flexible and evolving

Nobody who embarks on a creative project knows exactly where they’re going to end up. But they trust the process to get them somewhere great, one tiny decision at a time.

4. Creative thinking depends on collaboration

Even the most reclusive artists and thinkers depend on feedback from their peers. Ollie references a quote from Steven Johnson’s TED talk titled “Where Good Ideas Come From”, where he said: You have half of an idea, somebody else has the other half, and if you’re in the right environment, they turn into something larger than the sum of their parts.”

These are the core principles used to design Milanote.

So Ollie Campbell is with me now thanks for being on the show mate.

What are some of the limiting beliefs people tend to have when considering using Milanote?

Even if you’re not specifically working on a creative project, most people could still benefit from a solid tool for capturing thoughts and ideas.

I am all for questioning whether the traditional tried and true method of any activity out weighs a new piece of tech trying to make it more efficient.

Is Technology the answer right here? I beleive so.

One key problem with Pen and Paper is that it is very difficult to share with others.

With Milanote collaboration is simple you can invite others to see what you are working on and contribute.

On the Milanote blog co founder Michael Terrace interviewed Goodpatch who are a Top Tokyo design studio to reveal how they use Milanote for managing creative work.

Michael says:

Projects start in different ways, with different amounts of information at hand and as people work through them they evolve down different paths.

This is particularly true in the early stages of a project — that’s the nature and challenge of creative work. If you don’t have a good system for organizing this information you can quickly run into problems.

At a basic level you might waste a lot of time navigating between Dropbox, Slack, Evernote and Asana and all the other places where information is stored.

On a deeper level, not having all the information in one place means you can miss important connections that might lead to new ideas.

Goodpatch understands this challenge as well as anyone.

They’re a global UI design studio with over 100 people across Tokyo, Berlin, Munich and Taipei.

Michael Interviewed: Suki Lee, a Product Designer at Goodpatch who kicked off a change in the way the studio organizes their work by introducing Milanote to the team.

When asked How Milanote has benefited Goodpatch?

Suki said:

“The main benefit has been efficiency.

We use a variety of tools to manage information at Goodpatch — like Slack, Evernote, Pinterest and Prott. 

I think that it’s good to use tools differently depending on the function. However, I thought that we could manage time and information more efficiently if we could organize project information in one place.

That’s how we’re using Milanote. We create a central board for the project, and include all the important information about the project at a high-level — the brief, links to reference material, key tasks and timeline, and a place for the early work to be stored.

When asked if Milanote has influenced the way you collaborate?

Suki said “Goodpatch believes great products come from great teams. Collaboration plays a really important role in achieving this, especially in the early stages of the project when doing initial research and exchanging ideas.

One of the features of Milanote is that it can be used as a digital whiteboard without limitation. If you use it at a meeting, you can save the contents of the meeting as it is (no need to clear off the whiteboard for the next meeting).

But it doesn’t stop there — people can continue to add ideas in their own time and Milanote will notify the team when someone has made a change. This way collaboration continues even when we’re not physically together.

This is humungous for increasing efficiency and eliminating bullshit back and fourth emailing, Skype calls etc etc.

Ok Now…

If all Milanote did was allow you to organise your ideas and make sense of them as they grow it would definitely be worth checking out.

Even if all it did was help you put together a social media calendar, plan a marketing campaign or create a basic customer journey map It would definitely be worth 2 minutes of your time to take a look at.

I’ve also organised a further bonus for the action takers listening.

When you screenshot this episode playing on your phone, tag @milanote and @unidentified.io and upload to your instagram stories you’ll get % off any account you select outside of the free basic plan.

This will only be available to the first 20 people who follow through on this.

1.Take a Screen shot of this episode playing on your device or desktop. It doesn’t matter which platform you’re listening on.

2.Tag both @milanote and @unidentified.io and upload to instagram stories.

You will get a DM straight back from me with the discount code.

How good is that? 

You’re might be thinking this all sounds a bit too high-tech… But I want to assure you it is super easy to use and if you get stuck the support team are unbelievable.

I’m nothing special. I’ve got no supernatural powers. I actually really struggle with keeping my workflow organised and that’s what I love about  Milanote – I don’t have to worry about that anymore!

If you’re ready to capitalise on Milanote right now this is what you need to do:

First, open up a browser window.

Type in Milanote.

Take a look over the site and when your ready to sign up just follow the simple steps.

If you wan’t more specifics on this but you’re in the middle of something right now.

Head to the blog post on unidentified.io/milanote 

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Milanote: Best solution on the web for Capturing and planning your best work without being scattered across multiple apps, emails and hand written notes.

There’s three points/questions I’m going to cover in more detail.

1. Is Milanote is the Evernote for creatives?

2. What IF you’ve never used an App like Milanote before?

3. How to Get Free Access to Milanote?

Ok Is Milanote is the Evernote for creatives?

In an article titled Titled Milanote is the Evernote for creatives. posted by Bryan Clark on thenextweb.com

Bryan begins the article with The late Steve Jobs once said:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

And this brings us to a problem if you use Evernote. Due to the design of Notebooks, even the best hierarchal structures or tagging conventions separate these ideas into their own bucket, of sorts, waiting for the all-powerful search bar to find them at a later date.

It’s a system designed to store things, not see how they work together to form a larger concept.

Milanote is different.  Similar to Google Keep which is (a note-taking service developed by Google),  It lets you arrange your notes in a bulletin board sort of approach.

Where it differs, however, is in allowing the user to move notes to any location within the board — including off the screen.

You can Pin an item there, add a text note there, drop in a link, a YouTube video, and connect them in whatever way you see fit using lines, arrows, or whitespace. Unlike Google Keep, the bulletin board items, or notes, stay exactly where you place them.

There’s no snapping in place to preordained guidelines. Instead, you’re offered complete freedom to organize, or not. Move items, or don’t. Add organizational structures, or admire the mess you’ve made while gaining a visual understanding of how your notes work together to form a bigger picture.”

Many users have expressed there delight with being able to clearly see all of their ideas in one place visually.

One user said: “I am a massive fan of using Milanote – I use it for business strategy, product ideas and almost everything I do. It has become the core place I spend time – eliminating Evernote and reducing Trello to core tasking oriented activities.

Previous visual curation tools like Pinterest are no longer required either. An intuitive visual platform that is a joy to use – I can’t recommend it highly enough for personal and business productivity”

Isn’t that awesome?

If you can see how this will help you but you have never used an app like Milanote before then once you are in the app you will be able to draw inspiration from live example boards from designers, marketers, photographers and more.

For example if your a marketer you can achieve all kinds of things with Milanote like:

Planning campaigns

Creating Mindmaps

Planning Website content

Creating a customer journey map and much much more.

Worried about paying for something you might only use once?

You can try it for free with no time limit.

help.milanote.com will you give all the advice and answers to the most common questions direct from the Milanote Team.

You have access to an infinite workspace with As much space and as many levels of hierarchy as you need.

For individuals & teams:

You get a private place to think? Or a shared workspace for collaboration? You decide.

Milanote is Available on all your devices and it runs in any modern web browser. If your wondering if you can use Milanote on your phone? There’s a simple version of Milanote for your phone. Just go to https://app.milanote.com in your browser.

However Please note: this is a temporary solution, native apps for iOS and Android will be coming soon.

But first let me ask you a question……

Do you think Milanote will allow you to have even greater impact with your current pursuits?

If Milanote has you excited.

I’ll take a few more minutes to cover it in a little more detail and try and give you all of the insight that you need on this product.

If you don’t think it’s for you then don’t waste your time. Go do your stuff and I’ll speak to you on the next episode.

See my Skip Rule here.

Ok heres what you get with Milanote

  • Milanote Web Clipper.
  • Desktop App for Mac
  • Pre created templates

You might be thinking you can’t get started with this Milanote because you don’t have a creative project that they are working on yet.

You don’t need to have a project yet.

You can use Milanote to plan anything. And they actually guide you on how to begin creative work with pre-designed templates.

So you get:

  • Free access for upto 100 notes, images or links with no time limit
  • Ability to Share unlimited boards
  • Ability to upload 10 files Milanote
  • You’re also going to get the Milanote Web Clipper it’s a tool to help you …
  • So you can start collecting inspiration for your next great
  • piece of work. The Milanote Web Clipper lets you
  • instantly save text, images, links, video and more
  • directly into Milanote.

When you have this tool. You’ll be able to save the time you would normally spend tracking back to your downloads folder to find the image and then upload it.

When I was first figuring this stuff out, I ran into a big roadblock.

Over the years I have accumulated so many lists and even recently until I came across Milanote there was a hurricane of chaos spread across hand written notes, countless apps and three difference devices. This is great it’s all in one and it will save you alot of time.

You’re also going to get access to the Milanote Desktop App for Mac so you can launch from your dock, get team notifications and enjoy the cleanest Milanote interface available.

Download for free now

Just type Milanote in the app store if you want native apps for iOS, Android or Windows? Vote for them in the upcoming features poll.

You’re also going to get access to Example Boards

If you’re ready to capitalise on Milanote right now this is what you need to do:

First, open up a browser window.

Type in Milanote.

Take a look over the site and when your ready to sign up just follow the simple steps and you’ll be good to go!

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