Productivity isn’t about being constantly busy, but about having a good grasp of where you are in the process of achieving your work.
At the end of a workday, a quick status check can keep your rhythm strong the following day. Using a killer combo of checklists and reminders, prepping for a productive tomorrow is easy.
Before heading home, take a few minutes to assess the next day’s priorities. You may already have an ongoing project list in Evernote, or you can start a new note and name it something like “Today’s Priorities.” This list of ongoing action items will greet you when you get to work in the morning.
The checklist tool is a great way to format the note. Before you add a task, click the checkbox tool in the toolbar. When you hit enter to add more to-dos, a checklist will begin to form. Checking off a box as you complete a task feels great and gives you a visual aid to measure progress.
Some tasks in your list might benefit from more background or context. In this case, note links are a perfect addition. Right-click the note you want to link into your project list and select ‘Copy Note Link’ from the menu. Paste this into your checklist to create a link that lets you quickly see details for that to-do.
Reminders are another great tool you should be using to manage your projects. You can add a reminder to your project list (and other relevant notes) by clicking the alarm clock on the toolbar and selecting a time you’d like to be reminded. Notifications will even be sent to your phone, so you can stay on top of things no matter where you are.
Tip: In last week’s update of Swipes, you can can collect tasks from any of your personal, shared, or business notes into a single timeline where you can manage them all at one time. Swipes helps you schedule, prioritize, and complete your to-dos without having them scattered around a bunch of notes.
Try it out and share with us how you keep your day-to-day projects on track.