I am already feeling a little behind…..and my fun new planner is looking unloved. Why is that? It is hard to plan in the holiday season I find. There is no routine, schedule or commitments.
So how will I get things done? This idea Getting Things Done – GTD from author David Allen really strikes accord. I may have read about it before but today it is screaming at me, READ ME.
Take a look at the quirky and cute video that explains the whole idea in just over 2 minutes.
According to the GTD website the heartbeat of GTD is five simple steps that apply order to chaos and provide you the space and structure to be more creative, strategic, and focused.
Use an in-tray, notepad, digital list, or voice recorder to capture everything that has your attention. Little, big, personal and professional—all your to-do’s, projects, things to handle or finish.
Take everything that you capture and ask: Is it actionable? If no, then trash it, incubate it, or file it as reference. If yes, decide the very next action required. If it will take less than two minutes, do it now. If not, delegate it if you can; or put it on a list to do when you can.
Put action reminders on the right lists. For example, create lists for the appropriate categories—calls to make, errands to run, emails to send, etc.
Look over your lists as often as necessary to trust your choices about what to do next. Do a weekly review to get clear, get current, and get creative.
Use your system to take appropriate actions with confidence.
Evernote. You may be a convert already but I am only now finding the time to ‘play’ with this little app. And I think it could potentially change my life. It will challenge my habit of collecting moleskins and beautiful journals. It will stop me writing in several journals at once. It may help me to stay on track with a whole range of documents, ideas and administration. It will allow me to illustrate ideas as they come, to track the flow of new thoughts, creative projects and memos. And these lovely jottings will be synced across my devices.
So I see you may still be unsure. In the last week I have used Evernote to:
- Collate research notes
- List blogging ideas
- Clip important documents from the web
- Annotate a photo – with Skitch
- Copy and paste inspirational quotes
- Note important websites to visit
- Store important receipts
- Journal my ideas
- Make shopping and to do lists
I have a long way to go. I need to use it each day for a week to get a real run on its full potential. Sacha Chua’s
is inspiring in how she used Evernote for Visible Thinking. She uses Sketchbooks to illustrate what she learns and helps people engage with Visible Thinking. Evernote is her vehicle. Her Vodcast makes Evernote look so simple and the obvious way forward for any creative. Enjoy!