Both Evernote and Onenote are online services that allow you to store your interests, thoughts and project related information. In general, they are reference material systems.
I have been using Evernote for the past 3 years, and I am quite happy with everything it provides, but from time to time, it is importnt to question your toolset, and look for worthy alternatives.
I’ve spent some time googling, and it seems that the Microsoft poduct Onenote is the main contender for Evernote. I decided to investigate Onenote in the hopes that I found my “next big thing” for storing my reference materials.
Here are my thoughts:
GTD® refers to Getting Things Done. It is a time-management method, described in a book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen.
The GTD® method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them.
I’ve started to use GTD® over 5 years ago, and I found it a life saver, so I’ve started to introduce the book and my experiences to every person I care about that is willing to listen.
What I’ve found is that only 15% to 20% of the people that were interested and actually read the book (and were willing to listen to me ramble about it) actually ended up adopting GTD® as part of their daily routines.
Each and every one of the people that actually ended up adopting it became advocates of the methodology.
So the question is … if it is so great, how come there is only a 15% to 20% success rate in adopting the system?
At the beginning I was blaming myself, thinking that obviously I do not know how to convey the information. I decided to do some quick googling about that. What I’ve found is that the success rate I experience seems to be the norm.
I’ve decided to write this blog to clarify the reasons.
Continue reading “7 reasons for failing in implementing GTD and tips to overcome them” »
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS BLOG BEFORE YOU GET ALL EXCITED:
The way I describe unlocking 1Password does come with pretty serious security risks. Please read the “Concerns (security related and others)” section BEFORE you decide if you want to use it. There are probably other security risks that I am not even aware of … so please take that into consideration.
With this important note out of the way … Here comes the rest of the blog.
One of the best apps I know , and one that I use on a daily basis, is 1Password.
If you do not know what 1Password is, than you really need to start by visiting their website, download their app, and set yourself up. 1Password supports all major operating systems, but this particular blog is aimed for Mac users, although I am positive that an equivalent workflow can be created for a Windows based computer – probably simpler to switch to using a Mac, which is in my opinion what you should do anyways ! 😉
Continue reading “Unlock 1Password on Mac using TouchID without jailbreaking” »
This blog is aimed primarily at people that have at least a basic understanding of the GTD® methodology (Getting Things Done), and would like to know more about how to actually implement the process in OmniFocus 1 or OmniFocus 2. If you do not know what GTD® is, but find it remotely interesting, you can read some of my other blogs on the subject (starting with this one), or simply google GTD. You will find lots of information about it. The official website is www.davidco.com..
Continue reading “Get things done with Omnifocus” »
Back in January I made a blog post explaining how to capture Omnigraffle, Omnioutlier and mindmaps into Evernote. Today I will present you with a much more elegant solution to the same problem.
Continue reading “A better way to automate Evernote capturing” »
The lack of support for mind maps, outlines, mockups and diagrams in Evernote can be overcome by creating PDF files with the information whenever they change.
Evernote has the capability of searching in PDF files, so the approach described in this post would allow you to update the information in the native program, and have it available in Evernote in a searchable form.
Continue reading “Creating and maintaining a reference material library – Part 2 Automation (Advanced)” »
what is reference material ?
My definition for reference material is simple. Anything that is not actionable which I would like to keep for future review. This can include (but not limited to) lists of things that interest me, how-to’s , meeting notes, lecture notes, guidelines, links to important sites, information about hobbies I have and ideas I came up with.
Continue reading “Creating and maintaining a reference material library – Part 1 The basics” »
What are projects ?
Projects are anything in your life that needs more than one step to complete. We usually don’t think about most projects as projects, because we do most of them on “automatic”.
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This blog is part two of Getting Organized Part 1 (a 3 parts blog series)
Part one was about the reasons for getting organized – I would highly recommend you read, or at least glance over that blog post first to provide you with a perspective.
Continue reading “Getting Organized Part 2 – The process” »
This is the first blog of a 3 blogs series.
Why Should we be more organized ?
The reason is quite simple actually, it is because there are simply too many things that happen in our lives, and there is an ever growing demand to keep track of everything, and deliver on our promises (personally as well as professionally).
iPhones, Android Phones, Black berry phones … all smart phones are great, but they also mean that we are always connected. In a course of a day, you may text back and fourth with a number of individuals, get emails, and get phone calls. If you take a close look at each and every interaction, most of them will result in some sort of a commitment or an open loop (something to take care of), either on your behalf, or on the behalf of the person to communicate with.
Things like “yes honey, I will pick up the kid on my way back from work”, “I will send you the report by next Wednesday” or “I will meet you tomorrow for lunch”. What happens if you make a commitment to someone, and you do not deliver ? you loose credibility, you feel bad about it, etc …
What happens if you show up at home without your kid because in between that phone call at 10:00 AM and 05:30 PM you committed to ten other things, and you simply forgot – did I mention that it is a rainy day, and your kid is standing outside with no umbrella waiting for you ???
Continue reading “Getting Organized Part 1 – The fundamentals” »