Life moves fast. That’s why many of us rely on calendars and lists in order to manage the demands of life and work.
Our smartphones ring and rattle in an endless quest to remind us of all the things we need to accomplish each day: when to wake up and go to sleep, attend conference calls and meetings, and everything in between.
Earlier this week, National Public Radio’s blog, All Tech Considered, examined the role of the digital to-do list and reminders, two features that figure a prominent part of our daily Evernote usage.
All Tech Considered makes the point that reminders are a primary step in making the effort to tackle important personal tasks and manage work-related projects.
But is that the key, to simply be reminded? Are there others out there who, like me, snooze things away each and every day? Maybe, maybe not.
David Allen says all of the organizational apps out there are really just list monitors. What you need to do is list, or “map,” what it is you need to get done, and do it, he says.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding on to them,” he says.
Allen is the godfather of the “GTD” movement where the focus is squarely on organizing life’s tasks in an effort to successfully “get things done.”
Here’s how to use Evernote to make the most all that life requests of you, from reminder buzz to checklist success.
Capture. No matter where you are, Evernote is the perfect tool to capture information and ideas. Write down meeting notes and ideas in the office, snap photos of recipes in the kitchen, or capture audio notes and photographic inspiration out in the world.
Power Tip: With Evernote’s Post-it® Note camera, you can save inspirational ideas and work-related details anywhere. Once in Evernote, your Post-it® Notes are easy to find whenever you need them. Evernote processes the handwriting, making it searchable. Learn more.
Post-it® Notes capture is available on Evernote for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.
Collect. The Web Clipper is the perfect tool to curate and collect a wealth of information into Evernote. There’s no quicker way to save your interests, reading material, and research.
Organize and process. With Evernote, it’s easy to put things where they belong. For many, that process is built upon personal preference. Some use Evernote as a one-stop storehouse of information and leverage search to find material when they need it. Some users leverage notebooks as the focus of their organizational strategy. Others, like Michael Hyatt, use an extensive tagging system to quickly find what they’re looking for.
Your strategy should revolve around your individual requirements, and how Evernote can simplify your workflow. Also, consider where you use Evernote. Whether it’s purely at home, in the office, or everywhere, incorporating Evernote onto a variety of computers and devices is a great way to start making an immediate impact in your daily work.
Reflect and review. Long after a project has ended, you should be inspired to spend time reflecting on your success. By revisiting your past work, you can plan to be better in the future. Use Reminders to come back and evaluate your work once a project has been completed.
Power Tip: Make Reminders manageable, anywhere. Connect Evernote with Sunrise, the free calendar app, to incorporate all your Evernote Reminders directly into your daily calendar. As we like to say around here, it’s a new dawn for Evernote Reminders with Sunrise.
Map Evernote. Mohiomap is a web application for visualizing, navigating, and exploring your Evernote content. Notes, notebooks, and tags are presented in an interactive graph, similar to a mind map. Mohiomap allows you to see your notes and discover relationships across all the different elements in your Evernote account. Mohiomap also features filtering and search functions to identify the content most relevant to you. Learn more and get Mohiomap.
How do you accomplish work and projects with Evernote? Share your strategy and story in the comments for the Evernote community.