You’re already using Evernote on every device (if not, you should be) and it’s a tool that is flexible and incredibly powerful to structure all your goals this year.
We’re only three weeks deep in 2016, but for many of us, it’s already time to break out the proverbial wrench and tighten up our goals and resolutions for the year.
As we covered a few weeks ago, nearly one-third of resolutions won’t even make it past the month of January. It’s not that people don’t want to get in shape, advance their careers, or get finances in order. It’s that they take on too much or don’t build strong habits to support their objectives.
Now is the time to implement behaviors and create healthy habits to carry you deep into the year. The key is having the willpower to avoid losing motivation.
Evernote has the tools that can help make sure you stay on track:
- Calendars are powerful visual cues to keep you on track.
- Checklists are the perfect way to tackle your goals in a logical order.
- Note links are a secret weapon to create structure around your goals.
Visualize goals with calendars
Recently, Wait But Why illustrated the life of a 90-year-old in a single chart. It becomes immediately clear just how little time we have when you break it down into individual weeks.
But notice how illustrious figures like Einstein and Newton were able to tackle major life achievements in a very narrow sliver of that time. What you decide to tackle in 2016 can have a lifelong impact and there’s nothing like a calendar to bring that point home.
Check out some of our calendar templates and ideas at the end of this post.
[Image: Wait But Why ]
Calendar templates for success
With Evernote, we offer a variety of calendar note templates you can use to stay on track by the day, week, or even the entire month. Check out options ranging from daily to annual tracking.
You can really start to tap the power of Evernote when you incorporate your calendars around your system of planning, or even as modules that can easily integrate within larger notes.
Bottom line: think of these as templates that go beyond simply listing appointments or important dates, but act as a functional framework for the way you personally use Evernote.
Power of checklists
Mastering procedural processes and repetitive tasks with checklists allows you to focus on the larger goals at hand. Instead of wasting precious brain cells remembering a process or a request, drop those tasks into a checklist and put your brainpower into the real work.
Checklists are a failproof way to help tackle goals, especially when combined with reminders. Whether that means maintaining a weekly exercise schedule, tackling a home remodel or reading more books, checklists, and reminders will keep you on pace.
Other great uses for checklists include managing exam preparation, reading lists, travel planning, project steps, personal tasks, and professional goals.
Power tip: Stay accountable and stay motivated well past January 31. Send your checklist in a Shared Notebook to friends or family who are tackling similar resolutions.
Learn more about powering your day with checklists >>
Link to success
Note links may very well be the secret weapon to achieving your goals.
As PCWorld summarizes:
“Note links are great for adding supplementary information to calendar items. For example, add a link to your agenda for your monthly department meeting right in the calendar entry or meeting invite. If you save invoices or other billing statements in Evernote, add note links to them to the due dates in your calendar so you can get to them quickly when it’s time to make the payment.”
Clicking on a note link takes you to the intended note. Once incorporated into the calendar, Note Links can be synced across, and accessed from different devices.
Note links can help automate agendas for colleagues, and make meetings more actionable.
You can also use note links to connect research and source material to your book project, report, or thesis.
When you combine note links with calendars or checklists, you make both more powerful.
Gallery of calendar templates
Here are a few examples of how you can take calendars to the next level:
Editorial calendar – whether you’re managing your marketing team’s content or keeping tabs on social media efforts, a calendar is a great place to oversee all the work that’s being done.
At Evernote, our community team uses calendars, checklists, and note links to schedule interviews, collect design assets, and review copy for all of our social media content. Here is what that looks like for Instagram:
Meeting templates – Meetings tend to have standard documents, like agendas and minutes. Create templates for these notes, giving your team a pre-formatted structure to save them time and add them to the calendar for all to see.
Reminders – Contextualize your daily meetings and to-dos with a reminder.
How are you using calendars inside Evernote? Share your tips with us on Twitter!
Now that you have an idea of some ways you can use calendars, check out some of our favorite templates. To save a template to your Evernote, just click on the image.