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Brett Kelly, author of the Evernote Essentials ebook, has owned the “Evernote help” domain for almost as long as Evernote has been around. His Unofficial Evernote manual, Evernote Essentials is the must-have book for squeezing all the power you can use out of Evernote. Whether you’re a newbie or an Evernote guru you must have Evernote essentials, because Brett Kelly knows more than you. That’s why the guys over at Evernote gave him a job in 2010. Brett consulted with them during the writing of Evernote Essentials. The Evernote brains trust were so impressed with the way in which Brett was able to demystify Evernote in Evernote Essentials and make Evernote’s full power available even to novices who have never used evernote before.

When the Student is ready, the master appears

Buddhist Proverb

My Evernote Sucks

I had do my what I can to find the best ways to use Evernote. Loads of people have been on this site trying to convince me that Evernote sucks or that Evernote is only good for bookmarks or Evernote is no good as an offline tool or that Evernote can’t be used for fitness or goal tracking or capturing reciepts or this or that. I don’t really waste my time responding, the guys complaining that Evernote can’t Manage their projects or park their car for them have missed the point completely. Evernote is simply a productivity tool. A very powerful and flexible tool but a tool nonetheless. I can use the butt of a saw to knock in a nail but it’s probably not the best way to do it. If DevonThink or Springpad or remember the milk works better at certain tasks by all means use them for those things you don’t win any extra points for using Evernote for Everything. (though I’m becoming more and more convinced that you can)

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Do you struggle with achieving your most important goals in life? Do you often feel as if you are a slave to clock? Has your office, home office or home become a cluttered and incoherent mess? If you're anything like me you're probably also constantly licking your wounds from the war against the creeping clutter which keeps trying to scale the walls of our mind.

Well I have good news for you, these are not problems at all. They are symptoms. Feeling disconnected from our goals, slaving away against the clock fighting the unending battle against clutter are all signs your personal organisation system is deficient. You do not trust it and with good reason. It simply doesn't work.

Evernote and a sprinkling of Getting Things Done Principles are all you need to get on back on track. If you haven't yet, click on the link to your right and join Evernote for free now. If you've been using Evernote for any length of time, you'll likely know all about Evernote's great benefits and ease of capture. With the constant pressure to perform and achieve our goals there is no better time than right now to start organizing our lives and moving closer to our goals.

Setting goals in Evernote

So you want big shiny pretty goals and objectives for the new more organized life you crave, first things first. What areas are you going to be setting goals in.
  • Social
  • Work
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Freelance work
  • Health
  • Charity
  • ?
What areas in your life do you want to focus on? If you're having some trouble with this try: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People if you only ever own one personal development book, make sure it's this one. Seven habits challenged me to re-assess my purpose on the planet and reconnect with my values. I'm not exaggerating when I say living the Seven habits may change your life. or Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! I was very slow to take to Tony Robbins, his many many appearances on day time television left me with a bit of a sour taste. In addition I found Awaken the Giant a bit of a labor to read as the prose doesn't really flow and there is no noticably coherent narrative. However the book is packed to the brim with valuable and practical advice built on NLP principles. If seven habits is the map book to your goals, Awaken the Giant is the instruction manual for the car. These are both great books to put you in touch with the areas of your life that Turn you on. Once you find these areas out, you're on the way to setting goals in the right areas of your life. Eliminating the bad goals is almost as important as identifying the right goals.

Collect, Capture, Organize and Review

“'I need milk' and 'I need to decide whether to buy this company' both tie up space in psychic RAM. The solution is simple. Write it down. Look at it. Do it or say to yourself 'not now'.” David Allen author of Getting Things Done
Evernote-logo-153x173 Using Evernote to set goals is a 4 prong process for me. Collect, Capture, Organize and Review. The strength of Evernote when it comes to Goal and objective setting is the ease of capture. Keeping track of our goals during the year ahead is not going to be easy. We need to keep track of everything that's happening in our lives and affecting our goals and we need it in one place dammit. That one place for your goals this year is going to be Evernote.

Goal setting in Evernote, the series

I'll be writing a Series of posts this week that will take you step by step through the process of applying principles from Getting Things Done (GTD) and the power of Evernote to create a watertight system to catch all the information in your life and put it into motion to keep you on track with your goals and objectives for 2010. GTD is a personal productivity system based on David Allan's seminal text, Getting things. Getting things done (GTD) truly is a manual for stress free productivity in your life. Getting things done (GTD) focuses on managing your own creativity and and energy levels rather than clinging to the illusion that time can be managed. GTD is focused on the nuts and bolts of keeping a trusted system of organisation which will free our mind to focus on the most important matters of your day. GTD is not about time, GTD is about peace of mind. Ok just in case you were unsure, I really highly recommend this book, if you haven't already read GTD, buy it now! I will cover the process of: Collection: Collecting information about the areas you'd like to achieve success in Capture: How to get everything into your system GTD focuses on this area most, ensuring complete capture is the only way to keeps our minds at peace. Organize: Set your system up to work for you. A simple GTD system to organize your workspace and evernote for easy access to track your goals. Review: Setting up a system of review based on GTD that will keep your information up to date and keep you focused on your goals like a laser. In the series I'll look at a real life example of a goals I'd like to achieve this year. I won't unpack each goal in each example but I will use parts of my real plan to illustrate how you can apply GTD and Evernote to achieving your goals and objectives in 2010 and why Evernote in conjuction with Getting things done (GTD) is the best way for you to capture and track your goals in 2010.

Check out the full Evernote GTD Series Here:

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I’ve spent the last 4 years learning Wing Tsun and more recently Krav Maga too. What’s great about martial arts? Everything about it resonates with me. From the more prescriptive traditional martial arts to the canabilistic Krav Maga and Mixed martial arts of the present.

The more you learn the more there is to learn. I’ve only just started competing at 33 years young and it’s become clear that I need to bridge the disconnect between the fighting arts and actual fits and starts of fighting. The mastery of any one art is to be pursued but that’s not to say that there is no value in exploring the martial way and finding that all of the world’s martial arts are more the same than they are different.

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Bye bye '09At the end of a strange year even by my standards, I found myself proverbially flipping through the pages of this blog and looking back on all the posts of 2009. I forget sometimes how random the frothing rantings of a mad man can seem.

I hope you guys found some entertainment and hopefully a helpful idea or passage from time to time, reading all these posts now is strangely personal. It’s very much like a journal of the year, each post reminding me of a year that has been. A full stop in the paragraph that is my life.

This blogging business can’t help but be personal. The more I look at the time I spend and the record I’m leaving, I know that this blog will become a pillar for me in 2010. We get out what we put into our work. I plan to achieve a lot on this blog in 2010 and in return am steeling myself for a lot of hard work and dedication.

Lessons I learnt in 2009

  • Blogging is a social event not a post or a blog, writing a post is only the start
  • Get your own domain
  • Learn enough HTML to break your site
  • Then go learn some more to fix it
  • Blogging is the disease and the cure – pour hours into your blog for little gain when you begin and soon you’ll be pouring hours into your blog for not much more gain
  • Write often
  • Write clearly
  • Involve your family and friends or suffer the consequences it’s tough out there on your own
  • Give what you hope to receive
  • Spend less time on design and more on content – no one ever said “well that was a life changing message, but can you believe that font, I’m never coming back here!”
  • Don’t be to proud to ask
  • Don’t re-invent the wheel
  • Social media is your friend
It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. ~William Thomas

Many of you are new and probably missed a lot of monetize so here’s a quick recap of 2009 on Monetize Your Life .

Top 5 posts by Unique visits

  1. Evernote Review
  2. How I use Evernote
  3. Refocus on your goals with goal tracking tools
  4. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  5. Conquer your fear of success

Top 5 posts by comments

  1. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  2. What’s more important what’s Right or getting caught
  3. Enjoy 60 Good Seconds with me – Beginner meditation in 60 seconds
  4. Using Evernote: How I process my Stuff
  5. Oh how I love Spam! Lessons on accepting what Is in your life

Top 5 blogs I read

With that I am now officially back from my end of year break will put the year that was to bed. Let’s Boldly go into 2010, where no one has gone before.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Onward and upward.

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I’m busy looking at setting up some Evernote notebooks specifically designed for a martial artist and martial arts instructors.
I’m looking to start my own school in the coming months and I need to start gathering my thoughts and building lesson plans.

High level I see a need for notes on individual techniques, forms experientil knowledge theoretical knowledge martial philosophy and collected resources.

Hopefully with the correct layout use of evernote tags I can start laying the grounding for written coursework and a structured syllabus for my future students.

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