01-11-2006, 11:03 AM
I saw references to Evernote here in this forum, so I decided to give it a try.
Question for people already using Evernote:
Did you delete the standard categories in the left side pane and create new ones?
What new categories did you create?
01-12-2006, 04:44 AM
I've been using Evernote to capture web pages, etc, for ages. But I've been using it as a collection box, and have failed to use it effectively as a reference tool.
I'd like to know how to use it effectively and process the items in it.
01-15-2006, 08:44 AM
I posted it about it here (http://gtdwannabe.blogspot.com/2005/07/using-evernote-with-gtd.html) . There's more discussion about using categories here (http://gtdwannabe.blogspot.com/2005/12/more-on-evernote-categories.html) .
Basically, I use a couple of templates (Project Outline and GTD To Do (with dates)) for project administration. The remainder of the notes can take any form.
In addition, I make use of several keywords, such as @next, @calendar, @waiting, @postpone, etc. Then, I set up a few keyword categories in a category called GTD, e.g.,
- @next <== filter for keyword @next
- @calendar <== filter for keyword @calendar
- @[ ] <== filter for this keyword
indicates I want to put something into Outlook but haven't yet.
- @[x] <== filter for this keyword
indicates that this has been put into Outlook
So, let's say I have a next action that belongs to a particular project. I navigate to that project's category (every project gets a category), and find the GTD To Do (with dates) template note that I have going. Each NA gets a line in this template. In the GTD column, I put @next @[ ] right away. This means it's something I want to do, and it's something I want to put into Outlook so that it gets synced with my palm. Then, I move over to Outlook, enter the NA as a task, move back to EverNote and put an x in the @[ ]. Now I know that NA has been captured not only in EverNote, but also in Outlook.
Of course, I have NAs in EverNote that haven't migrated to Outlook; that just means that they're things that I could be working on right now for the project, but for whatever reason, I'm not ready to put them into Outlook.
I also make heavy use of the Category intersection panel, especially for weekly review, or just narrowing down what needs to be done in a specific project. See the second post listed above for screenshots.
01-16-2006, 06:02 AM
Thanks GTD Wannabe! That was very helpful.