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.
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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
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.
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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 –
- 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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