One of that apps that I use the most is Evernote, especially to run my GTD (Getting Things Done) system.
I normally have Outlook and Evernote open on my computer all the time.
I am not going to give a general rundown of Evernote itself; there are plenty of places you can get that but here are some of the Evernote tips etc that I have given on other forums in the past and which might be useful.
If you want to set up Evernote for GTD then afterthebook and thesecretweapon are good places to start. I have elements of both in my system and will likely cover this specifically in a future post.
JamieTodd Rubin always has useful insights in his blog and he is worth following on twitter.
If you just want Evernote as a reference source then the system of notebooks that you adopt depends on what you have to file obviously but it’s always interesting to see what others do for some inspiration.
Mine include the following:
- A stack for Projects with a notebook for each project
- A stack for work with a variety of sub notebooks.
- Meeting notes
- Check lists
- A stack for travel with a notebook for each trip I take – individual notes for itineraries, confirmations etc
- Customer visits
- Training and development
- Business cards
- A stack for home with all my personal stuff and lists like books I want to read and movies to see
- Reminders which has a combination of lists and photos such as the cartridges of my printer
I am actually finding the more that I use it, the more that I find a good set of tags is worth more than an intricate set of notebook structures, combined with some saved searches in the shortcuts bar. I have a lot of GTD tags and tags for each main work project, tags for the names of key people (family and at work) and tags for each year and each month which I assign to meeting notes and anything that might be looked for based on the date.