I’ve decided to take the plunge and implement Evernote & GTD (“Getting Things Done” – David Allen’s approach to Productivity) in one fell swoop.
This series of blogs is going to track my progress, my learns and my fails.
What is GTD?
I can’t cover all the intricacies of GTD in a blog post; for that you’re going to have to read the book (link at end of post). However there are several key factors that are worth understanding:
- Get everything out of your head and into a trusted system
- Perform regular reviews to ensure that you know what tasks you have
- Allow yourself peace of mind knowing that you’ve captured everything
For me this is attractive; I currently have a work calendar, a work to-do list, a home calendar, a home to-do list, a a bunch of thoughts buzzing round in my head at any one point. I’m hoping that GTD will help me find some peace!
What is Evernote?
Evernote is a program that allows you to create ‘notes’, store them in virtual notebooks, tag them, and then find them easily.
Notes can be text, images or audio, and Evernote can search for words within your own handwriting! How good is that?
The other great thing about Evernote is that it works with all your devices. Smart phones, tablets, PC or Mac; there’s even a web version if you’re not allowed to install software in your work computer. This means you are never very far away from your system!
Evernote and GTD together
So I’m going to use the GTD philosophy, coupled with Evernote as my trusted system in one Big Bang implementation. Lots of people follow this structure, and I’m really excited to see how much I can leverage this.
Wish me luck as I embark in this new challenge in my search for better productivity…
To buy a copy of David Allen’s book Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity, click the link. You can also find further content from the great man himself on davidco.com