Evernote + Getting Things Done = Much Less Stress

A while back, I read and began following the workflow/process detailed in
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

and became hooked. Within a couple weeks, I had my email inbox down to almost nothing except items that needed to be addressed, which I deleted as soon as they were addressed. What used to be 300+ emails was now a single, lonely email.

Image of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Author: David Allen
Publisher: Penguin Books (2002)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages

And I was happy!

But, something was still lacking. I used my smartphone religiously to store things like shopping lists, reminders, and other things like that, using a whole list of applications. I had seen on Lifehacker several articles about Evernote and had never really given it much of a look, but when I saw an article linking it to Getting Things Done, it caught my attention immediately.

What happened next was extraordinary. I've been using Evernote for everthing. Anytime I see an article I want to read, it goes into Evernote. Random thoughts about a possible trip for the family? Evernote. I use Evernote nonstop (I have it on my phone, tablet, home computer and work computer) and it's made life so much simpler for me. I've grown so used to having a jumble of thoughts inside my head, all competing for attention: "Remember to buy this" "Remember you need to stop by your mom's this weekend" and so on. Well, now, that's all in Evernote. When I go to the hardware store, I have a list of things in my phone that I have to pickup. When I sit at my computer on Sunday morning, I have my to-do list, plus I go through my Evernote "Notes", cleaning out completed items, begin work on others, etc. The effect it's had on my work, family, and even leisure time is amazing.

If you haven't already done so, please read up on the process I'm using over at The Secret Weapon and give it a try. In all honesty, it just makes things simpler.

 

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