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We’re going to attack 2010 and our goals for 2010 head on. Quite possibly you’ve tried to achieve your goals before. You’ve probably spent hours on the web and reading about those goals you want to achieve. In this initial step we will tackle all those bits from previous failures to launch you’ve had and start collecting the information you have at hand in Evernote while tryinga few Getting things Done (GTD) ideas.

This first post will be the shortest in my series. The purpose of this step is just to set up a trusted GTD system of collection in Evernote as well as collecting all the information you already have amassed which will assist you in achieving your goals and objectives with ease.Collection

“A vision without a task is but a dream;
A task without a vision is drudgery;
A vision and a task is the hope of the world”

Collect everything

The GTD system that we’re going to be setting up in Evernote is a very simple system to keep track of your resources and goals. We’ll keep your list of goals in notes in Evernote, feel free to get creative with this, you can create images, put it in a note or pdf file. Do whatever you need to do to get your goal statements into Evernote and make them easy to review.

 

I’m a huge fan of GTD by David Allen. It is the seminal book on managing your productivity. Looking at setting goals from a GTD perspective, the information you from when you set your goals is probably sitting in whatever system you currently use to capture your information. What I’m trying to say is, you already have a lot of stuff relating to your goals lying around right now. Go find it now.

One place to collect them all

Okay if I’m going to achieve my goals this year I’m going to need lots of information. I’m also going to need to refer to most of it fairly often. The best way to keep my goals moving forward is to spend quality time on them. In order to do this I’ve organised my information into one trusted system, Evernote. The beauty of this is that I keep all my information in one place. I can search in one place for anything I may need.

Example:

I want to finish the first draft of my novel by June 2010

In order to complete my goals I need to:

  • Increase my knowledge about novel writing
  • Do research for my novel
  • write about 75 000 – 100 000 words

In order to move on to the last stage of my goal, the important bit, writing 75000 to 100 000 words, I need to complete the first two steps. In order to help myself achieve that, I’ll create 2 new notebooks in Evernote:

  • Novel 2010 – I’ll be using this notebook for all the things pertaining to achieving and tracking my ulitmate goal of getting my first draft written
  • <Novel Name> Research – I’ll be using this notebook for capturing and tracking all the information I’ve researched for my novel

I will use these two notebooks to save all the information around completing the first two steps of my goal of writing my novel.

Increase my knowledge about novel writing and do Research for my novel

Now i’m going to collect all my writing related:

  • Books
  • Magazines and Articles
  • Courses
  • Blogs and websites

Once I’ve found them all (well obviously not the blogs those are in ye old feed reader) I now have a very impressive pile which I’ll start capturing in Evernote soon.

Go ahead and start going through your desk cupboards, all dark corners that your “stuff” may be hiding. In my next post I will take you through the process for capturing everything you may find and making sure it’s search-able in Evernote so you can build a massive reference library that will not only support you in achieving your goals and getting things done but will also track your progress.

This post forms part of my series Tracking Goals and objectives in Evernote:

Part TwoGoal and Objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 2 – Capture

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36 Responses to Goal and Objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 1 – Collection

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  2. Marc says:

    Novel writing is one of those things which just takes serious discipline. A lot of the romantic ideas attached to it just go out the window when you actually have to settle down and write the book.

    Best of luck with it.

    This year I’ve also set out with the intention of using technology – even if it is just Excel – to track many of the metrics within my business which were up in the air
    .-= Marc´s last blog ..Entrepreneurship lesson from a rapper – add value =-.

    • Michael Fletcher says:

      I tried my hand at NaNoWriMo last year and crashed and burned spectacularly enough to know exactly what you mean. I really was found wanting on the discipline side. I did learn to just sit and chunk out the words though, which is why I want a more structured approach this year.
      I’m a data analyst if you ever need any excel or general tech help with reporting and such give me shout any time. :)

  3. Gordie says:

    Hi Michael,
    I still haven’t used technology to date to record my progress besides a pen and paper and the occasional Excel document. Those work for me. However, I think that if people find that these sorts of programs can help them achieve their goals, then all the power to them. :)
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..Old Tianjin Is Destroyed. =-.

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  15. Arafat Hossain Piyada says:

    I yet not familiar with this type of technology, I personally prefer my pocket notebook to note down my goal and what I’m doing to grab it and what wrong I done but still thing many people will find this technique useful. I just trying to follow the old, basic model.
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    • Michael Fletcher says:

      The one thing I like about tools are there’s no right or wrong only preference, I’m actually a big fan of paper and pen myself. This is the first time I”m undertaking such a big high tech goals project and am very excited with how well it’s going so far.

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  17. Jim Hardin says:

    You are very organized Michael. I wish I could be that organized. It does sound like a great program and I am sure once you set it up and get going on using it it probably works great. I’ll have to take a look at it.

    Thanks!
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Hearty Blog Stock =-.

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  19. Lizmea says:

    I am a bit annoyed by those comments about how ppl prefer pen & pencil rather than electronic tools when setting goals esp. ones that require reseach (and almost half of or everyday tasks are related to some kind of online/offline research these days). We wouldn’t like to write down numbers, web addresses, web clips on the paper nor attach photos, PDF files, word processing files to planner. That would be just too much while we could simply creat a link and copy&paste it onto the online note… anyway thank you for the great post! I’m actually a Springnote user but your post can be applied as well and aloso your writing style
    makes me wanna do something! Haha thanks again!
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