I have been a major Evernote user for a couple of years and run a full GTD system, as you will see from many of the posts on this site. I have often seen questions asked about how to best set up GTD in Evernote and about any useful reference books on that subject.
I have read Dominic Wolff’s book on setting up Evernote for GTD. It contained some useful tips but also seemed to be a little of a refresher about GTD itself and some of the main principals. To be honest it didn’t contain any huge revelations. Much of what it advised many of us have already figured out for ourselves trying to set up Evernote for our GTD system.
Ther are a host of other books out there on similar topics and I think in the main they are similar to Dominic’s in what they deliver. If you have just read GTD and not yet started to use Evernote or Outlook or Onenote yet, then they are a short cut to setting a system up immediately. However, if you are a long term GTD user and have been employing Evernote and others for some time then there are no diamonds in them.
I saw a review of the set up guides for Evernote and Outlook available from the GTD store and even these seem to be stating much that is obvious and quite basic for $10 each. Most of us have resonated with GTD and tools like Evernote because we a wired that way to some extent, not because we had no clue about such methods to begin with.
So setting up GTD in which ever apps you prefer ends up being a matter of personal choice and what works best for you and could also be constrained or determined by the software or hardware that your employer provides; Windows PC or Mac, Outlook or Lotus Notes, Blackberry or iPhone and so on.
I think after reading GTD for the first time, many of us are looking for any book that gives us a similar magnitude leap ahead in our personal productivity and effectiveness. Maybe it’s not out there. Maybe that set of revelations from David Allen was it and everything else will simply be incremental enhancements. Or maybe not ?!
Just starting with “Making It All Work” which is David Allen’s follow up to “Getting Things Done”.
Here’s hoping for another leap ahead !