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  1. Just downloaded. My first impressions: http://www.attorneymarketing.com/2012/11/14/evernote-search-just-got-easier-well-sorta/ I just communicated with the dev and he has some great things planned. Looks like this will be a keeper. David Ward Author of Evernote for Lawyers
  2. Hi Johnny, I use my own variation of gtd, in EN, based on what I saw others doing and my own work habits and preferences. What's important to me is that whatever system and apps I use, it must be simple and flexible. Most of the productivity apps I've tried were too confining. I was already using EN for reference material and decided to try it for gtd. After a lot of trial and error, I found a set-up that works for me. I've changed my system a number of times. When I see something I like, I adopt it. When something's not working for me, I get rid of it. In EN, I use one notebook (plus an Inbox which I use for processing new notes). I also use tags. But I've found I need fewer and fewer tags because of EN's search capability. I do my best to add key words in the title and body of my notes. Most important (for me) is to make sure that any action-oriented note has at least one tag, indicating time--when I might want to do something or look at it again. Without that, there are notes I would never see again. (Perhaps I will be able to adapt some or all of GM's system, once I understand it better.) For projects, I assign a tag that ties all the notes together. I also use note linking. Context is not especially important to me but I know it is very important to others. So, yes, read DA's book and also look at what others are doing. There are a lot of brilliant people here on the forum. Try some of their ideas, experiment and see what works best for you. Most of all, relax. Don't worry about finding the perfect set up or method. I see people spending way too much time and energy tinkering with their system instead of getting things done. In the beginning, I did that, too. Have fun and keep us posted. David
  3. You can read the article on the webapp and use Clearly.
  4. Some great thinking here. . . If you know where you want to wind up (i.e., your talk, book, etc.), you could start with an outline, keep that in front of you (i.e., fav bar) and paste in note links as you accumulate notes that pertain to the items in your outline. Similarly, you could create a series of master research note indices (in advance) with appropriate tags (i.e., quotes, battles, timeline, etc) and use note links pasted therein to link to separate notes. I've used mind maps for writing manuscripts/course outlines. N.B.-- Freemind let's you can copy/paste your mind map into an Evernote note and it will show up in outline form. You can copy a single note or the whole map. I use tags for everything and basically one notebook, but for a big project, I'd consider putting everything into it's own notebook until the project is done. I haven't done this yet but it sounds like you might have so many notes, and spend so much time trying to organize it, this might help you mentally "wall off" everything that's not related to this project and let you stay focused on it. Let us know what you decide. David
  5. You don't need to be a premium user to have local notebooks. Local notebooks can be searched and the notes in them can have tags. As you correctly point out, they will not be synced with EN or your other devices, so you must back them up yourself. Many users keep sensitive data in local notebooks. Others encrypt these notes and then sync them. And some sync everything, unencyrpted. It comes down to your level of comfort (and how sensitive your data is).
  6. I guess this is an iOS issue. Maybe someone in that forum has some suggestions. I have an iPhone but don't use EN on it for anything more than inputting and accessing notes while I'm out, so I understand.
  7. I use three "top level" tags for projects: .Active Project, .Inactive Project, and .Completed Project. Each project gets one of these tags plus a tag with the name of the project. Once the project is complete, I can find it by searching for the project name or by "browsing" through the .Completed Project tag (or searching the tag plus key words.) I also pre-pend tags with Area of Focus. So a "new blog" project for my ABC business would have the tag ".ABC-newblog". An advertising project might have the tag, ".ABC-ads". Tags sort alphabetically so this allows me to find them easier. (Projects have a "." before the name; reference items do not, so if I have notes about advertising for my ABC business, the tag might be "ABC-ads".) I hope this gives you a couple of ideas. I don't have an iPad so I'm not sure if this will work for you. Let me know what you think. David
  8. Many of us have requested a "format painter" feature. Not sure if it's being considered, but I agree with you, it would be very useful.
  9. +1 for format painter. I was going to open a new thread to suggest this but found this one.
  10. I just did the same thing and it feels great. I realized that I would probably never read all of those emails and I could just as easily not read them if they were archived as I could if they were in the Inbox. So, a few clicks and they were gone. It helps to know they still exist somewhere, however. No stars, no labels (I had over 50). . . mind like water (with an elephant by my side. . .)
  11. This is HUGE! Congratulations to everyone. Hey, save us some cake!
  12. If personalized covers is too difficult to implement, perhaps a choice of stock covers would work. Even simple icons (e.g., an airplane for a travel or vacation notebook) would work. At the very least, a choice of colors would give folks a visual cue that might be helpful. Neat idea!
  13. Excellent post, Jamie. I'm not (yet) paperless so I don't have anything to add (yet). But I am inspired by your example. David
  14. Here's a service that will scan your books (etc.) for $1 per 100 book pages. Amazing but true! http://1dollarscan.com/ Saw the article at http://lifehacker.com/scanning/ David
  15. I'm trying your tag system right now. It is not pure GTD (e.g., "soon," "later") but there are some things I like and I'm not a purist anyway! I may have missed it but when you want to reply to an email you sent to EN, do you have to search for the original or is there a shortcut? I usually like to send the email to EN AFTER I have replied so the thread is intact. Good job! I'm looking forward to more. David Ward
  16. Flow means "achieving the status of 'Alliance Lackey'". (This is my 50th post )
  17. Thanks, Joshua. I still haven't done the big purge. I've got 16,500+ in my Inbox and I'll probably start on a weekend. I've been removing labels and filters and doing some unsubbing in preparation. Several times, I've clicked the arrow next to the gmail inbox, causing the entire "everything else" box to disappear. My inbox is then temporarily empty, and against the pale blue of my selected template, it looks sublime. I can actually feel myself relaxing as I gaze at the empty screen. . . So, I'm looking forward to it! In the mean time, I'm using my one @Reply label and forwarding important emails to Evernote to be tagged for action or reference. In another thread, I was asked why I would need @Reply, couldn't I just leave those few emails in the Inbox for the day? I think that might work, which would mean having no labels and archiving or Ever-noting everything. David
  18. Just bought Scrivener and I am delighted to learn that note links work (and are clickable!)
  19. I used to have Area of Focus tags but I found something that worked better for me. I pre-pend my tags based on area of focus. So, if my business is abc, tags for that area of focus are abc-blog, abc-ideas, abc-training, and so on. This allows me to organize and filter as needed by AofF. It also lets me organize tags for easier browsing and, of course, eliminated the extra AofF tag. I do all GTD in Evernote now. The only thing I miss is calendar integration but I post note links in gCal and this works well enough (for now). David
  20. @peterfmartin, Notice I said "my PLAN for inbox zero". I haven't achieved it yet, although I have begun the process (link to my post). Here's the way I see it: Once you have an empty inbox, it probably doesn't matter if you keep emails that need a reply in the inbox for the day (or two), unless you have an inordinate amount. So, once I am there, I will try it both ways and if I can eliminate all labels, I will. I am intoxicated by the thought of an empty inbox and look forward to getting there. I currently have 16,541 emails in my inbox, so this will be. . . interesting. David
  21. It might be easier to make a list of things we DON'T use EN for!
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