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If you’ve been using Evernote for for a bit of time, you’ll most probably know all about Evernote’s great benefits and ease of capture. With the new year upon us though, many of us have started setting objectives and goals which we’d, with a bit of luck, like to achieve this year. do it.

Setting goals in Evernote

So you want big shiny pretty goals and objectives for the new year? First things first. Identify the areas you are 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? Most people struggle with this step – if you’re most people I highly reccomend you try The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! 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.

In addition I’ll be publishing a couple of posts on how to set SMART and effective goals this week too.

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

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 will finish the first draft of my novel by June 30th 2010
  • I will excercise for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week in 2010
  • I will update my blog at least 4 times a week with quality content in 2010

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.

I will be updating this page with each post in the course of next week so that it can be used to navigate the Goal tracking in Evernote series.

      09 January –

Goal and Objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 1

    Collection, finding everything you’ll need

11 January – Goal and Objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 2- Capture everything into one trusted system i.e. Evernote

12 January – Goal and objective tracking Evernote Pt. 3- Organize your GTD tags and categories for effective goal tracking in Evernote

13 January – Goal and objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 4 – Review your goals GTD style by setting up a trusted schedule for focused research. When I have completed the series I will collect it as a PDF guide and make it available to download with some additional printable resources.

 

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  2. Jim Hardin says:

    I have never heard of Evernote, but I would like to learn about it. I have to admit I have never really been good at writing goals down. I just usually live life. Sure at work I will write goals for myself, but in my regular everyday Life I don’t usually write them. I think though this is my year to start. I think that will be one goal that I have to actually write some goals plan them out and achieve them. I look forward to learning about Evernote!

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    • Michael Fletcher says:

      I’ve been using evernote for quite a while now but haven’t really fully utilized it’s power yet. So I’ve decided to pop the hood and see what we can get this baby to do 😉

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    You mean Evernote has power? Who knew.
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      :) Sorry for the late reply I’ve been having a crazy crazy week, Evernote has power, in fact Evernote has power to burn. Especially for us poor bloggers it’s a great way to get peace of mind that your ideas are being captured and your work is staying organized.

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    Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

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