Productivity is often a nebulous concept. Knowing when you’ve achieved a productive state can be even less concrete.
Evernote is a tool you can leverage to capture ideas and goals, and keep track of your progress.
Here are ten tips to use Evernote for goal setting and achieving well into 2015.
1. Write clearly
What does productivity mean to you? What are you hoping to accomplish? Write your clear, concise goals in Evernote so you can use them as a tangible touchpoint for all of your activities, whether they are suited for personal or professional pursuits.
2. Share goals
Getting other people interested and invested in your goals is a great way to create accountability. Create a goal note and share with colleagues or friends who can help champion and support your efforts.
3. Digital inspiration
With Evernote’s Web Clipper, you can browse the Web and collect inspiration related to the things you set out to accomplish.
4. Daily goals
Each day brings its own challenges. Since goals are readily available to you everywhere you use Evernote, make a point to revisit them on a daily basis to help keep you on track.
Tip: At the end of your business day, use Evernote to do a quick status check. Schedule and plan the following day and keep your rhythm going.
5. Monthly Review
As we head into the third month of 2015, it’s easy to lose focus of the goals you set in early January. Take the time to review what you have already accomplished so far this year. Ask yourself if your goals are still relevant and adjust your upcoming month’s goal list accordingly.
Tip: Try using Michael Hyatt’s system and template to keep track of all your important goals for 2015. Learn more.
6. Capture tasks
Keeping track of all your to-dos and tasks is critical to success. Make sure you capture the details in Evernote so you know what’s been completed, and what still needs to be done. Learn more.
7. When lightning strikes, capture it
Sometimes your best bolts of inspiration and ideas come at the most inopportune times. If you’re on the go, use an Evernote audio note to make sure you never lose another important idea — no matter where you are.
8. Increase focus
Create a “Focus” tag to make your selected tasks easy to find no matter which notebook they are in. Apply the tag to all your major to-do items or most important tasks.
9. The done list
Create a “Done” tag or notebook for the items you crossed off your list so you have a clear view of what’s done and what still needs doing.
10. Take time to reflect
Don’t forget to take stock of the things you’ve completed with Evernote. Sometimes there’s no better motivator than seeing a list of all you’ve accomplished already.