This article relates to a previous post around becoming more efficient in the way I live my life.
One of the tools I’ve been using for a while now is Evernote, it’s a note taking, information capturing, cloud based… trusted system. I use it daily to sort through various tasks, notes and ideas. However, I use it in a different way than most.
For me, Evernote is my “everything”, if it’s not in Evernote I can pretty much guarantee that within a few days I will have forgotten about it. My mind can be like a sieve, and I can’t rely on it to hold everything I need to remember. Even if a task is sitting within an email in Outlook, I need to remember to look at it… plus look my personal task list, and also check my “projects” task list and… the list goes on. I needed a system that would take all of my task lists and ideas and put them into one central location. I needed it to be available all the time, both online & offline, and I also needed it on multiple devices. Evernote checks all of these requirements nicely. So I have this wonderful tool but I didn’t have a great system that used the tool effectively.
A while back I came across “The Secret Weapon” or TSW for short. Now I agree it has an “interesting” name choice, but I was intreged on how it complemented Evernote and more importantly how it couple improve my efficiency.
For starters TSW gives you a process to follow to ingest all of your email based tasks into Evernote rather seamlessly. Secondly TSW takes the Getting Things Done principles and applies them to Evernote using tags so you can manage information in an efficient manner. It’s hard to explain how this all works without actually watching the videos on TSW’s website.
If you’re getting started or just want to be more organised, I recommend using Evernote and TSW. It’s not perfect, but you can always improve the system and tweak it to your liking!