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  1. GrumpyMokey - I love your style!!! That's awesome!! If I say please, can you send some screenshots. I love it!! Thanks!!
  2. PS: Feel free to check out my list of Evernote & GTD favorites!
  3. Roue - you're right on, friend. I'm a big fan of keeping things simple. Especially when it comes to GTD. Less is better. But as you pointed out, GTD is so personal and it's so important to trust your instincts and go with what works for you! Take advice with a grain of salt.
  4. Roue - Great question. I use AoR tags such as @home, @office, @blog for my todo items, but for reference items, I have a master tags such as .01 Home, .02 Work, .03 Recipes, .04 Reference, .05 Stuff. Under each of those parent tags are tags related to those. In other words, none of those master tags actually have any notes associated with them. They're merely there as "place holders". I'm up for being convinced otherwise! Take a look here. Let me know and thanks for the great question!
  5. Simon - Sorry I'm just seeing this now, but I wanted to thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you liked the 2nd edition just as much (if not more!)!! Cheers!
  6. That.I've found, for myself, that I need to have dates attached to tasks or they just slip off the radar - especially given that, like many people, I'm not the only one writing items into my task lists! I have both personal lists and calendars and corporate ones crossing departments - some behind firewalls. Merely marking things "today" can be a real chore when definitions of urgency and importance are constantly in flux - maintenance effort grows unduly. Instead I use Google-Calendar tasks for task items (easily dragged-around between calendar dates without having to do any typing) and have been migrating "support" notes into Evernote based on specific projects (or project domains). Google's web interface won't hot-link Evernote URLs, but the mobile clients link them just fine. I used to keep those notes in, of all places, a mix of moleskines and my gmail contacts list... this is a bit cleaner. I completely agree with you. The calendar is for appointments with actions with specific due dates and times. Everything else goes in Evernote. That said, I like the idea of creating some other referenceable tags such as "This Week", "Next Week", "This Month". There's definitely maintenace here, but I can see that being possibly easier than having so much in a Today tag. The other school of thought of course is that one would only put in their Today tag 3 to 5 next actions that must absolutely get done during the day. This is a great post, let's keep the ideas coming! Cheers!
  7. @braintoniq - I just sent you a PM. From one author to the next, truly you've done a great job. Great manifesto & very thorough video tutorials. I commend you on adding real value out there! I look forward to your reply on my PM. Cheers!
  8. Hi Everyone - I 'm sorry I'm late to adding in my feedback to this post! I very much agree with David, jmayson & Joshua. GTD is amazingly personal. Of all the marvelous feedback from my readers of my book on Evernote + GTD, the one thing that stays fairly consistent is that everyone's workflow is different. Everyone's idea as to how to setup Evernote + GTD together is unique ... and that's the beauty of Evernote. I've helped folks create anything from a skeleton to a complete mimic of my system based off of what I've done in my book. And that again is the beauty of Evernote. I liken Evernote to a blank canvas for a painter. Each of us has the same colors in our palette, but our work product will be slightly different. In fact, the funny thing about the GTD book, as I've noted many times before, is that he just tells us to use a "trusted system" and then leaves it to all of us to figure out how to apply the principles and philosophies in our own way. That is the biggest reason why we have a completely over-saturated and over-monetized GTD app space. If I can offer up any wisdom at all is this: do what feels right to you. Do what you believe is right. Because one man's trash is another man's treasure trove. Remember, the ultimate goal here everyone is the "doing" and not the "tinkering" or "hacking" of systems. Pick up some ideas from these forums, make some changes, and be productive! Cheers!
  9. Hi everyone - I thought I would jump back in and apologies for not being thorough above. If you take a step backwards away from Evernote and all of your GTD apps out there, you will realize, respectfully to metrodon's opinion, you can use Evernote as a GTD tool - and it make the most perfect sense. Obviously (and it's not a plug), I go through in a very thorough manner in my eBook that is in the Trunk, but in short, here's why it works perfectly: In David Allen's book, he talks about using a Trusted System, but doesn't say what to use. It's left us all in a bit of a conundrum. I think it's fair to say that everyone in this forum "Trusts" Evernote! Well, think about using Evernote like you would with a notebook and pen. In other words, create lists for all of your projects, Next Actions, and your reference material. What I advocate in my book is to create parent level tags for GTD which would include your contexts, areas of responsibility, projects (active, inactive & closed), and as David Ward above mentioned, use a !!Today and !Next tags to assign which tasks are up next. Keep every task as a separate note. As you complete them, you can either delete the note or just check it off. Finding the open tasks is as easy as a saved search such as this: "tag:@contact todo:false". My absolute favorite part of the system is note linking. With note linking I can link to a Master Project Note for one of my tasks. Let's say I need to draft a proposal for Client XYZ. Well I just copy that MPN note link and then paste the link into my task that says draft the proposal. Instantly, I have access to all the details. I've used the copy note linking for not just this but also relationship management and itineraries. It's so absolutely wonderful! I have had questions posed to me, literally, from around the globe asking me about what they should do about repeating tasks or tasks with a hard deadline. My answer is simple. Use a calendar. That is exactly what David Allen says as well in his book. The calendar is a sacred ground. If you have an actionable item with a definitive due date and time - then it belongs not in your task list, but in your calendar. What's more, if you use note linking (I really, really love this feature), you can paste a link from your note into the action item in the calendar so you can quickly go to Evernote to learn more about your task. It's mad genius, I say! Obviously, I have much more where that came from in the book, but here's my takeaway - yes, you can use Evernote as a GTD tool & archiving tool. In fact, it makes perfect sense. I'll add one more thing ... I'm working with followupthen.com to integrate my system with their marvelous site. More on that later ... I do hope this was helpful!!
  10. @David - Thanks for the shout out. This entire thread is really fantastic. More to come later & I apologize for being so brief ...!
  11. Just a quick update on this thread - this is definitely going to happen. I've been in touch with Ron Toledo and so if you live in the Carolinas, an Evernote Meetup will happen in the coming months! Big focus on productivity & Getting Things Done with Evernote! Let me know if you're in the area! More details soon so stay tuned!!
  12. Hey everyone! I'd really like to setup a MeetUp in Charlotte! Are there other users on here from Charlotte? Would you be interested in attending??
  13. John- thanks so much for the reply and you did a fantastic job on the your 2 blog posts! I really enjoyed reading both, and I agree - we definitely have a lot in common! Thanks for the invite on LinkedIn? Are you on Google+? There's a great group of folks that are like-minded and you'd really enjoy the conversations. Thanks again!
  14. @jbenson2 - thank you so much!!! I did a lot of research on what price point I should settle on for an eBook and it ran the gambit between .99 and $25.00. Ultimately, through a lot of feedback on my blog, it made so much sense to just price it out at $5. From the number of eBooks sold so far, it turns out you were right!! Thanks as well for the feedback on the Daily Agenda. I love, love, love, love note linking. It's absolutely my favorite and I've gotten so much use out of it - from agendas, to travel itineraries, to vacation planning, to master project notes, to client notes, etc. Thanks again for your great feedback - it is so very much appreciated!!
  15. @Owyn - Thanks so much, that really means a lot to me! I think Zendone is going to be huge - but here's the awesome part of it all: all of the best practices, how-to's, and steps mentioned in the book are all possible even after Zendone goes public! I hear you on the RTM front! That was my first soiree into this; and you've read in the book - I realized in the end, it just made so much more sense to centralize everything in Evernote! Thanks again, Owyn!!
  16. Hi everyone - I'm extremely proud to let everyone know that with the blessings of the executive team at Evernote, I have published an eBook called Evernote: The unofficial guide to capturing everything and getting things done. In fact, my eBook is now in the Trunk -- right next to Brett Kelly's Evernote Essentials - another great honor!!!http://www.evernote.com/about/trunk/items/dangold-book?lang=en&layout=default&source=home My eBook is designed to help your mind relax, allow you to breathe easier, and allow you to become more productive by making better decisions using Evernote. Learn how to take back control and become more productive by implementing best practices tied to the wildly popular Getting Things Done® (GTD®) methodology, which was developed by The David Allen Company. There's already been a great review posted on DocumentSnap.com's blog http://www.documentsnap.com/evernote-the-unofficial-guide-to-capturing-everthing-and-getting-things-done-review/, and in a post tomorrow on 40tech.com. I'd love all of your feedback and thoughts on what you all think and thanks so much to everyone as these forums have really helped me in getting the content together for my eBook!! Cheers!!
  17. David's 3-part series is right on point and very insightful! He pushed me to the point I needed to be in order to leverage Evernote as my "life management" tool to get things done successfully. Implementing a bit of David's system, a watered down version of Ruud Hein's system, and my own thinking, I've finally achieved a bit of "mind like water" and can concentrate much more on the "doing" as opposed to the "tinkering"!
  18. Hi Everyone - I currently have Evernote installed on my work & home machines, iPad and my Android phone. Specifically, I'm wondering what all of your user experience has been like using Evernote on the Android Tablets. I'm contemplating selling my iPad - and I know this might sound crazy - but for the sole reason of getting a much greater user experience on the Tablet and for the widgets on the home screen. I love using the widget on my phone and since I employ the GTD productivity methodology, I have saved search shortcut widgets such as @calls, @errands, etc. on my phone and love this functionality. I appreciate all of your thoughts on this and thanks in advance!
  19. Hi all - I've been a very active Evernote Premium user for quite some time. Up until November, I scoffed at other competitors such as Springpad. Then, in November 2010, Springpad unleashed a massive refresh of their UI and many slick new updates. I've blogged about it at length and Springpad featured my post on their site (I'm not tooting my horn at all). Evernote has unleashed a series of incredible updates as well recently - the most notable is sharing notebooks and notes through social streams. When the question comes up about Springpad vs Evernote I think the real question is this: what do you want to do with your notes?? Evernote is amazing for me professionally because of its search engine, OCR capabilities, nesting of notes & notebooks, etc. Springpad has its advantages as well - its whole business model relies on being able to semantically categorize your notes and offer up 3rd party links to Amazon, IMDB, Google, etc. I just put together a pretty comprehensive comparison chart between the two services and I'd enjoy getting your feedback of what you all think: http://wp.me/ptgV6-bf. I think it lays everything I could possibly think of about the differences. Thanks!
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