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  1. Greetings all, I have been using The secret weapon (Evernote +GTD) on the PC for a while and I am rather familiar with it and have a decent work flow going. I received a tablet for christmas and I have been struggling a little with finding a work flow and how to streamline the process with a tablet. I was wondering if there was anyone else out there who was using the GTD method with their tablet and how you go about using it. The biggest problem I have with the mobile/tablet version is GTD relies heavily on the use of tags and the mobile version isn't very tag friendly as far as accessing, searching, and adding things in quickly. So, how do you evernote?
  2. Hi all, Business Insider just published their list of best productivity apps for 2012. Evernote was first on the list: http://www.businessi...s-2012-2012-12? And second on their list? Skitch! -- roschler
  3. Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm REALLY enjoying and appreciating Evernote, it's making a huge difference to my productivity and organisation. I have just been implementing an organizing system based on David Allen's book 'The Art of Getting Things Done', entirely within Evernote. It's really important for me to be able to copy and paste note links between various notes nested in a hierarchy. This feature seems to be absent from the Android version. Is there any chance that it could be addressed in a future update please? Cheers.
  4. I had a post written out how and why I got to where I am, and it got pretty lengthy, which I know people tend to ignore, so I’m deleting it all and putting it in ‘Cliff notes’ format: - Preferred and used a paper-based GTD system for a couple of years - Have tried digital/cloud-based formats in the past, including Evernote, but always returned to paper - Cumbersome paper system means I don’t always carry it, which leads to notes scattered in more than one place - Want to condense to a single source, so that means cloud-based. - Wanted to try Evernote again, so I was researching methods, and came across The Secret Weapon, which seems to reduce the overwhelming feeling I got the last time I tried transitioning from paper to digital - Have already copied everything from print to Evernote and gotten rid of the paper, so there’s no going back. It’s currently a big blob that needs to be sorted out. I’m about halfway through The Secret Weapon’s manifesto, under the heading “Wrap up that Conversation”, and a question came to mind. Say I’m putting together a list of things that I want to accomplish this upcoming weekend. In my paper system I would go through my current projects or notes, pick out some tasks, and create/print out a “To-Do list”. Using EN/TSW I would probably mark these with the context tag ‘1-Now’ or ‘2-Next’, if they were individual entries/notes I had created. But what if some of the tasks are steps that already exist in active projects? For example: to start moving my laundry room wall out, I might choose to remove the drywall from the framing, which is in my paper system under ‘Project > Kitchen Renovation’, and I might also want to 1) pick up a new battery for my VW Beetle and 2) check the brake lines, both of which would come from ‘Project > ACVW’. Do I create new notes for each of these individual tasks so I can tag them with the appropriate context, or do I continue as I have, by creating one ‘to-do’ note with all of these things, along with other jobs that might need done? Thank you for any help/insight/suggestions on this matter.
  5. Hi, I'm not sure if this topic has been addressed but I am looking for a way to reference tags in Evernote outside of Evernote. I do GTD and want to keep all actionable items in my task app and lists but there are times when I need to refer to an article or note from Evernote associated with that task or vice versa. Gmail easily allows you to add an email to your task list which is great when there is an action associated with it. The task in Google tasks will create a link to the email so that when I want to complete it I have easy access to the email. Is there a way to do something similar in Evernote? Are there links associated with notes? Any work-around ideas? Thanks, Grant
  6. Hi all To give you a it of background, I am a content developer for a support site. I create articles and do a bit of design work for the site. I have read the GTD book. I began my GTD system last night, but I am having some issues fitting things in. I have the usual !!Today and !Next. Everything actionable goes in !Next, and in the mornings I bring a few of the tasks into !!Today, and work from there. I have a !Tickler with the subject a date, that allow me to sort via time to action. That is all well and good, but I am having some trouble deciding how to go about managing my projects. The way I am working at the moment is I am going to create a few websites from scratch, and remark on my experiences doing so, techniques picked up etc. as I go. What would you suggest as a good way of organising this? Throughout the day I generally screen capture something that interests me (Such an interesting use of a gradient or colour combination - or maybe a stand out tutorial for a certain technique). Should I include all this information in a separate workbook dedicated to "Web Design Reference", and have sub tags for "Tutorials", "Blog Posts", "Interesting Techniques". Or should I keep to the one notebook and just have a parent tag "Web Design Reference" with child tags for the below categories? Or should I just have 1 Web Design Reference tag and shove everything in these, and rely on keyword searches to find what I need? Thanks!
  7. This is a blog post I published a while back. It describes a simple GTD method to track projects and also incorporates a daily portfolio based off this GTD method. All done in Evernote of course! Check it out. Let me know what you think, or if you have recommedations. http://getmegeeky.com/2012/07/25/master-lifes-juggling-act-maximize-daily-productivity-with-evernote-gtd-and-a-daily-portfolio/ Thanks!
  8. I have found an absolutely wonderful use of Evernote in conjunction with my e-mail. Granted, it may only apply to people who use (or used) e-mail the way I did.... I found that I was using e-mail for three different things: Sending and receiving messages (duh) Keeping a to-do list -- that's what my inbox did An information-storage system -- I saved messages that contained some information I wanted to keep for future reference (e.g., an account number, an address, etc.) I found that #1 and #2 worked just fine for me; I'm good about keeping my inbox down to size. But I was also using my e-mail apps to store lots and lots of notes containing some small bit of info I might need sometime -- account or login info, people's contact data, various tidbits of information, even jokes. Even with a decent folder structure, though, e-mail apps really aren't made for storing information you need to get at. That's not what e-mail does. I could save each of those messages as a separate file ("Dad's_Dropbox_login.txt"), but that would get really messy. Enter Evernote, which I had been using on and off since it first debuted -- the days when it saved things as just a single long stream of text. I went through my entire folder structure -- everything from contacts to account info and receipts to... well, whatever. Unless I needed to save the message itself (in a CYA sorta way), I moved them into Evernote. Soon enough my Evernote folder structure approximated my (now defunct) e-mail folder structure. Now my e-mail has a handful of small folders, and Evernote is loaded with all the stuff I might need. Even better, it's so much easier to add stuff -- Web clipping or uploading or whatever. No more e-mailing things to myself. And -- just in case Evernote isn't the 100-year company it wants to be -- I can archive all my notes as well. My wife has a monster e-mail account, with literally thousands of messages she's saving for various reasons. So I get a kick whenever she sees my handful of folders with a few dozen messages. (Of course, my Evernote folders are bulging, but that's what it's for.) Anyway, I wanted to share how I found EN to be a nice way to clear out my e-mail, make all those little snippets easy to find (and update), and give me something to show off to others: "Wow, you have a lot of messages in your inbox there. You ever think of maybe getting a note-taking app?"
  9. For want of something better to do, I browsed through the Trunk just now. Came across http://www.todolistsoftware.org/. Anyone used it? It looks like it might be a more advanced version of Tusk Tools Calendar, and you may be able to use just EN to manage your tasks. There is a free version, but I am not sure what the limitations are. The full version is $37.00 right now, although you may be able to get a copy for $33. Just curious... looks like it would take a while to set up ...
  10. I suspect that bits and pieces of the application I'd like to address can be found in many of the forums (Organization, GTD, Productivity, etc), but perhaps there is one forum that most specifically addresses my application. As an engineer who tracks projects (design, scoping, demolition, installation, and eventual operation) I would like to use a "template" that could be populated and delivered to the ultimate customer. For example, if I were renovating a house with a new layout, drawings, appliances, etc, I'd like to deliver a comprehensive package of before/after photos, maintenance manuals, logs, etc. What would be the best forum in which to kick around these ideas? Thanks.
  11. Trying to start a task-management program (Getting Things Done, for those interested - like so - http://www.thesecretweapon.org/) using Evernote There are multiple combinations of tags used, and the easiest way to get to the task lists I need is to use saved searches. This works like an absolute dream in the Windows client, and I set out to figure out how to use the saved searches in the Android client. It wasn't obvious to me how to get to them, so I started with Google. Came up with this article: https://support.ever...ote-for-Android The screen shots seem to be from an earlier version, but it gave me confidence that the feature was there. To wit: "Unfortunately, it's not currently possible to create new Saved Searches in Evernote for Android, but it is possible to run existing Saved Searches; just tap the mangnifying [sic] glass:" So I should be able to run existing saved searches in Android. I assume that means searches I created in the Windows client. And that's where I hit the wall. It didn't seem to matter what magnifying glass I tapped, I didn't get the same pop-up. I tried entering the text of an existing saved search, thinking it might be clever enough to auto-fill. No dice. Then it hit me. The saved searches sync! Had I synced since I created these searches? Apparently not. Seconds later, my saved searches are showing up under the search bar right below the search history entries. Anyway, I had already started writing this post, and just in case there was some fellow noob out there searching for this topic (or someone who happens to need a great pre-built implementation of GTD using Evernote), I might as well record it for posterity. Cheers
  12. I am using evernote as my GTD done and wanted to ask others that use it for GTD how do they use TAGS to create the tickler system? At the moment all I have is 12 TAGs called the month of the year, but if I create another 31 to represent the days then how do I use them efficiently? For example, if I want to be reminded of something on the 1st Oct then I tag the item with Oct and 01. But then whenever I look at 01 on the 1st of Sept, I can see the item I wanted to see on the 1st Oct? I cant see how to get around this without many many custom searches that would mean 1 for each day of every month. This would then make the interface very cluttered and unusable on portable devices like iphone.. Im interested in hearing how you have done/achieved this. Thanks Mark
  13. Today, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm formally opening up my site to productivity authors. Whether you own your own blog, write for multiple different sites or always though about writing but just didn't know where to start, I invite you to join me in my quest to help make little differences across the globe in the way people get things done. In preparing for this post, I thought of several questions you might have for me. I'd like to take this moment to address some of those now. For instance: Why are you opening your site to guest writers? I have found some of the most memorable posts on this site was through the work of others. Posts from people like Christopher Mayo, Steve Brim, Gordon Robb and Dean Ouellette to name a few have receive extraordinary hits and continue to be among some of the most po*****r. Why? Because people love to read other people's use cases of how they're getting things done. What benefit do I get by writing for you? Fair question. Over 10,000 people in just 9 months have purchased my Evernote and Getting Things Done eBook, which is sold in the Trunk and sold have almost two dozen affiliates worldwide. MySpringpad GTD book has sold over 500 in just 2 months since its release. I have over 6,000 subscribers to my mailing listand hundreds of people looking at the productivity posts every day. The people who subscribe to this blog, retweet it, or re-share posts on my Facebook page have an emotional connection to the site. They like (or at least that's what I am told) to engage. To connect. To collaborate. To learn. I grow each and every day as a result of the comments left by my blog followers, Facebook fans, Twitter and Google+ followers. It is as a result of these successes, that Mike Vardy even invited me to be a contributor on Lifehack and I'm beyond thrilled to begin that amazing adventure!!! Tara Rodden Robinson, The Productivity Maven, has invited me to be on her Advisory Board at ProductivityHQ.com! Do you get traffic like Lifehack.org or Lifehacker? Sadly, I don't. Is it my goal? Absolutely. At this juncture though, to be successful I believe, does not equal having 10,000 hits to my site each day. Seth Godin, marketing guru & best selling author said once that Tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change.With your help, perhaps we can build an even bigger tribe and make even bigger changes! We can, together, do great things to fundamentally change the way get things done on a much larger scale. What topics can I write about? Mainly productivity. That's a pretty broad topic, so it can include things such as workflow best practices, time management processes, minimalism, book reviews, app reviews, etc. How often can I write? As often as you like! I'd like to use as much content as I can, so even if we have your post in the queue, we'll get it up there! Can I use content I've already posted somewhere else? Ideally, it would great if you produced unique content for the site and then re-shared like crazy with all of your followers. However, if it is something you've done in the past and feel it would be go over really well here, that'll be okay in the beginning. Will I get paid? Not in cash, at least. But the value of you helping others become more productive and successful at home, work and life in general is priceless! I'm in. How do I get started? Now that's a great question! Either leave a comment below with your e-mail address or just e-mail me and let me know. We'll begin our journey together from there... Thank you to all of you! This is going to be awesome and I can't wait!
  14. Seems like the easiest mode is to just leave anything which needs to be read or reviewed in the default EN notebook (inbox). Once it is read you file it away. Curious if what everybody else was doing? Do you use a tag, notebook? LLBean
  15. Alright, maybe this is an obvious question but I've seen I seem to remember it being a couple different ways. Does actionable mean "presently" or is it not time-horizon specific? Somebody have a really good GTD definition? LLBean
  16. Although I've had my Evernote acount for several years, I have never truly used it to its potential. Often I would flip back and forth between OneNote and Evernote to keep notes or information that I did not want to forget. I have also tried several to-do applications, trying to accomplish more that what I am putting down. Recently, I've decided to jump in and use Evernote for both my remembering and my to-do with the goal to go paperless. Ultimately it comes down to Evernote's ability to be access from all my devices. I know the basic functions of Evernote and the general ideas behind GTD. I've included The Secret Weapon (TSW) in the tags because I know nothing about it and could have benefits for my productivity system. I can't put my finger on it, but I've always struggled with getting a GTD system running. It may be that I haven't read the book or that in my case it just won't work. Coming back to Evernote, I wanted to set up a GTD system because I've always heard the benefits of that methodology. I purchased the Evernote GTD ebook by Daniel Gold which helped me understand much more of the GTD methodology and specifically how to apply that to Evernote. However, looking over Daniel's blog, I came across a very interesting article outlining the productivity system of Grumpy Monkey. Immediately his system made sense to me where GTD always seemed to allude my understanding. I was able to quickly implement his system without worrying where I had to be to do such a task or what project this task may fall under. Don't get me wrong, GTD has some wonderful ideas that I intend to use. For example, just do a task if it will take under two minutes. This alone lets me get so much more done. So here I am, trying to set up my personal productivity system. To learn more, I ask you, "What do you use?" Is it a self made system? GTD? TSW? Or some variation?
  17. This question is from the perspective of setting up The Secret Weapon (.org) but is a valid question for all/most of the evernote + GTD implementations I have seen. I am mind-stuck at the point where you start your initial processing of the mass of stuff in Action Pending, after the big dump from OneNote and email. I want to tag my (cabinet/archive/reference) by Area of Responsibility, initially just Home and Office/work. Should I use @Home and @Work or keep those reserved for GTD flow and make new “Home” and “work” tags for archiving (cabinet)? There is the option of home and work notebooks but not using tags feels like taking a step backward.
  18. I dunno about joy or "rapture", but it seems to me the point of much of our discussion around GTD and productivity points to achieving (or maybe regaining) an old psychological concept of "flow". From wikipedia: Article gets a little deeper, but it's a fairly interesting concept.
  19. Hi, I'm using Evernote for the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. On my PC I just click on the icon in the tray, enter the todo that came into my mind and it will be saved into the Evernote's Inbox. On my Android phone I have the widget on my screen which will show me the things I have to do. The only problem I have is that the widget will show the last three notes of all notebooks. Therefore I don't have a view on all the things I have to do from my inbox. Is there a possibility to display all notes in a specific notebook (my inbox) in the widget? Frank
  20. Hello everybody Inspired by Apple Mail's new "Archive" button I would like to be able to define a custom toolbar button that sends the selected note to a specific notebook with one click. It should be possible to create multiple buttons. I probably would assign about 3 notebooks to toolbar buttons for my most important GTD style notebooks (@Action Support, @Reference, @Archive) Omnifocus does something similar with custom perspectives which can be assigned to a toolbar button. Cheers rugydp
  21. Hi All - I have been a long time paper based GTD user and have failed on a few occasions to get an electronic version of GTD to work for me. I have iPhone and Mac and it seems to be going pretty well. I just have one issue... I have a lot of hope that ever note is going to work. SO i import a note... for the examples sake lets say its "Take out the trash" In my system i have one notebook, with what i will call a tag bank... that would be tagged: Next Action - @Home Great...no problems there. Now its worth noting that i do have a tag that is "inbox" right now, its redundant, but i kind of like having a one click in box. Here is where I have run into a problem... Any new note goes into the "GTD" notebook (which is the only one) to be processed. The problem is once i tag it, it still shows up there....So then i have to try and figure out what has been tagged and what hasn't... and then i start to not trust it because there is 100's of notes there and soon to be 1000's with my reference materials once that builds momentum. i can sort by the days, but what i really want is more like the Outlook filing system that once you move it to the "file" which in my system is a "tag".... its out of my sight. Help please
  22. I've been looking into getting into GTD on Paper since the XMas break of 2010. I've been a long time Things user, but recently, I fell in love with these wonderful books from the Behance group. They are called ActionMethod Journals. To make a long story short, I ended up designing and creating my own journals based on their system, with my own added features to suit my workflow needs. Through the process of using these and thinking about my long term archiving needs, I kept wanting something smaller and more portable. In walks in the Elephant. Today, I saw a video blog Q&A in which someone had asked about the Evernote notebooks, and when Andrew showed the way it was layed out, an idea struck. I took the investigation of books I designed and applied it to the ultraportable nature of these 16 page single page notebooks. Well, let's just say I am really happy with the results. Now I can easily take notes on paper and capture and organize and archive it directly in Evernote with a single snapshot. I've posted a few snapshots and thoughts on the subject on my site: Post 1: http://policarpo.us/?p=452 Post 2: http://policarpo.us/?p=457 I posted some earlier investigations and solutions on the site, so feel free to check those out as well. Anyhoo, many thanks to the great crew in Mountain View for creating a wonderful app! I cannot wait for the iOS updates. Maybe then I can stop using AwesomeNote. Cheers, -policarpo | GTD2CYA http://www.policarpo.us
  23. I have been browsing the boards and reading how everyone is using Evernote. I currently use Evernote(Mac/iPhone) as an electronic filing cabinet and use Toodledo (Web/iPhone) as a GTD tool. I have been considering trying to switch to Evernote for GTD so that all of my info is in one place. I have a small IT consulting firm and I spend most of my day on site a different client locations so almost 80% of my access if via the Evernote iPhone application. My concern is the ToDo app on the iPhone that I use to access Toodeldo is design specifically for GTD whereas with Evernote I would be creating a setup to allow GTD Anyone else ever done this switch or anyone have any thoughts or comments.
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