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About lerka101

  1. +1 penultimate on all platforms.
  2. I really like the effort you're making. I know many college students who use and like evernote, but are unsure of how to use it to it's full potential. Anyways, as I posted here, I am a sophomore, and I've been trying to go paperless in college, *trying* being the key word. I figured that topic was not the proper place to talk about my organizational system which I have worked quite a bit on to tweak. It's a semi-GTD system, with action tags and very few contexts, as well as a great deal of note-linking. I feel that my system works really well for college students, and I want to share it here in case it helps someone else out on their path. So, I had at one point tried a system like GrumpyMonkey's, with one notebook and tags and dates, but I found myself getting lazy, making date typos, and having a huge list of saved searches that effectively acted like tags. Plus, I couldn't get a todo system into it... and I like the thought of using just evernote for everything as opposed to multiple apps. After some experimenting, this was created: First off, anything that enters my evernote from external sources (via email, ifttt, new created notes etc.) goes into !Inbox or !Reading List notebooks. For people who are familiar with GTD, these two notebooks are like collection bins. At the end of each day, I move/tag every note appropriately. The GTD notebook holds all of my tasks and projects, together. And these are separated into lists by tags. My basic process of creating tasks is much easier to explain with a chart than with words: That's my basic process towards making a task and getting stuff into evernote, the GTD side of it. Now for class notes: I always take notes in class, and if it's a class where I can take notes on the computer, then I make a New Note in evernote, and it goes into !inbox to later be processed - ie. Moved into the Current Semester notebook and tagged with the course name. If it's a note that I take by writining, then I *try* to scan it into evernote, in my attempt to go paperless. My school has cannon scanners, and they can scan documents as images (I prefer the image to a PDF, the evernote OCR is easier for that). And then I process the note as managed above. For handouts given out in class, of which there are very few becuase my school uses an online course management system, I scan those in as well. I also download handouts and things from the course management system to the inbox, then process. I have yet to do a research paper, I'm a Genetics major and so far I've been focused on labs, so I have not encorporated papers into my system, but I can imagine making a tag for "paper sources" and then a tag for the paper name, or a link back to a project todo note. Non-academic: Now, when it comes to organizing other, non academic notes, such as articles I read that I liked, workout tracking, my food diary, etc, I place it into the inbox, then the appropriate notebook and tag it properly. I use try to use tags liberally, but efficiently. The Key to my System: Daily Journal: In my Journal notebook i create a note every day, a copy of a "template" note in the pinned ref notebook: Title: Day MM/DD/YYYY Content: Schedule: Mandatory tasks for the day Tasks: MIT: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To Do: Plan for Today: [screenshot] Workout of the Day: Meals: Breakfast: Lunch: Dinner: Thoughts This note is the center of my system. Every night before bed, I edit the note of that day, add in thoughts, links to other notes that are relevant, cross out tasks, make sure they go into my Done Today note, etc. It's a summary of my day, which feels good to make, it gives me both a historical outline of my life, making sure I stay on track with my goals and acting as an organized historical timeline of my life. It also forces me to go through my inbox and look at what I did today as well as process all of those notes. Then, I make the note for the next day, During this time, I go through my GTD notebook and tags, making sure my 1.next list includes everything that needs to get done next (ie asap). That's my system in a nutshell, I hope I explained it well, if you have any questions, ask away I hope this helps someone on their path to making their perfect system that works for them.
  3. I'm trying to go paperless, but my biggest problem is that I can't afford one of those super fast awesome scanners (they go for like $200 a pop ). My school has scanners that we can use to put the files on a hard drive, but they take a long time scan things, and well, I'm kind of lazy :-/ I try to take notes on my computer as often as possible, but I'm a science major, which makes that difficult, but for my non-science classes I take notes on my computer, and then only print unit notes at the end of the semester becuase I need paper to study with. I also *try* to scan my hand written science notes, but that didn't work last semster. I'm going to try for this semester. I have a GTD/reference system that I've built for the past two years, and I use that to organize my notes, but this seems like more of a paperless discussion than a "how do you organize" discussion, so I won't bore anyone with a detailed list of how I organize stuff. But basically, I think it's possible to go paperless in college, but it seems like it takes a lot of discipline and time (unless you choose to invenst in one of those fancy scanners), but discipline, a plan, and a system definitely look like requirements.
  4. Evernote is beyond wonderful for school, especially the OCR. I'm a science major, and I take notes in a very graphical fashion (imagine a cross between a bulleted list and a mind map). So, all of my notes are handwritten, and then I just use my scanner to get them into evernote, OCR, and magic happens. This allows me to have my entire collection of class notes, syllabi, paper research, etc. with me wherever I go, in a searchable format. Convenient and useful. Naming Notes: I structure my notes much like GrumpyMonkey does (I got the idea from Dan Gold's blog post about GrumpyMonkey's system). All fo my note titles are prefixed with the date: YYYY-MM-DD, and several keywords. I don't like tags, so I use the keywords in the titles as pseudo-tags, so that when I search intitie:"keyword", it's just like clicking on a tag, but without the mess of having a tagging system. I do use multiple notebooks, unlike the system described in the blog post, because having everything in one notebook (class notes, cool facts, research papers, etc) started to confuse me, along with my adoption of GTD, the "one notebook" system just didn't fly for me. For my scanned class notes, I like to name them in code, something short and simple that will identify the class without having to write that long name ("Introduction to Research in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry" is an example of an obnoxiously long name for a class). I begin my class code with the department. My school happens to already have department codes, but if your's does not, the first four letters of the department name will suffice, (ie: History becomes HIST, chemistry CHEM, Psychology PSYC, and so on). For the Introduction class mentioned above, the department is Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, which my school codes as MBB. The second part of my code is part the class number. In my school, the class number consists of 8 digits, the first two signify the school program, the next three are the department numbers, and the last three identify the class. I only use the last three identification numbers in my code. For the example class, it's number is 01:640:215, so 215 is the part I use in my identification. End result: Introduction to Research in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry ==> MBB215 The shorter keyword is easier to remember, harder to make a typo on, and therefore more useful when you implement the search feature. Searching: Oh, the search feature. It really is wonderful for those moments when the professor mentions an example from last week, and you have no clue what he's talking about. Or, when you need to review a concept from last semester because it will (for reasons unknown) pop up on the next exam. You get my point. It's useful, and I use it in excess. For example, if I need to review the basics of resonance, I search for a note from my Organic Chem class, from september, with the words resonance in it my search looks like: intitle:"2011-09" intitle:"CHEM315" resonanceAn additional plus to using title keywords as opposed tags is that the only search prefix that I need to know is "intitle". This is just my system, and different ones work for different people, so I would recommend being open minded the first month or so, play around with different systems and parts of systems you hear about to see which one's best for how your mind works.
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