Did You Know: Note Links, and How to Use Them. Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 21 Oct 2011 Note Links are a new-ish feature we introduced that’s been talked about here and there on the blog. Not only are Note Links a powerful way to create an organizational structure that you like, they’re a way to actually associate your notes with a variety of 3rd party services. Let’s talk about how you could be using Note Links. Creating a Note Link You can create Note Links on any desktop version of Evernote and access Note Links from Evernote anywhere (including mobile versions). Note Links are a super powerful way to bring organization, structure, and connectivity to all of your notes in Evernote.
Create Note Links on Your Desktop, Access them Everywhere Once you start using Note Links, you probably won’t go back. Create a table of contents for a selection of notes. *If supported by your program, Note Links open Evernote when clicked. These are just a few ideas for how you can use Note Links. Go Premium. Mohiomap - A Visual Memory for Evernote. Trunk | Useful apps and products integrated with Evernote. Did You Know: How to Create a Checklist in Evernote. If you’ve been following our user stories, you may have noticed that a lot of people love to make checklists in Evernote. Whether for work, personal stuff, or both, you can find a reason to make a checklist in Evernote.
If you haven’t made one already, we’re here to show you how to do it. What kind of checklist should I make? Creating a checklist that’s accessible from any device where you have Evernote installed allows you to get more done by helping you remember stuff you need to do at any moment. Ok, how do I get started? You can make a checklist using several versions of Evernote—Mac, Windows, Web, Android, and others soon—by clicking on the checkbox button in the note formatting bar (on your Android device, you can find the checkbox in the bar above your keyboard).
To check the box, just click inside of it. Keep it all in sync Above: checklist on Android Search for your checkboxes in Evernote Note Links – Associate Checkboxes with other Notes, or your Calendar How do you use checklists? Getting Things Done with Evernote—Projects Part 1: Note Templates for Windows. I’ve been promising this post for a while now, but before we get down to the nitty-gritty, we need to learn how to create note templates in Evernote for Windows (The process is different if you’re on a Mac. I’ll cover note templates in Evernote for Mac in the next post…stay tuned). I stole most of my ideas from Stephen Millard over at Thought Asylum, so I recommend checking out his posts on Evernote at some point. In order for the template system to work, you’ll need to download and install a few things first: A text editor – I recommend Notepad++.
You can download it here.AutoHotKey – AHK is really simple to use. For a quick overview, read through this Lifehacker article. The text editor is used to edit the Evernote template and to create a batch file. Once the two programs are installed, open Evernote and create a new note. Select ‘Export as a file in ENEX format (.enex)’ and click the ‘Export’ button. Give the file a name and save it somewhere where you’ll be able to find it. Getting Things Done (GTD) with Mindmaps. It’s time for another video. In this one we show you how we use mindmaps to implement a system based on “Getting Things Done” (GTD) by David Allen.
It uses free collaborative mindmapping tools making it useful for teams as well as individuals. It can also be implemented on an individual basis using desktop mindmapping software. You can watch the video in the flash player below (you may need to click through to the site). The resolution is high enough that you can click on the full screen icon to view it larger. You can also download a higher resolution version here. Now we’d love to hear from you. Items mentioned in this video: Click below to get the Podcast automatically! Click below to get the AUDIOblog automatically! Click here to watch a video showing you exactly how to do it. How to Implement Getting Things Done with David Allen | Eventual Millionaire. Originator of GTD, founder of David Allen Co – David Allen Right Click to Download the MP3 Right Click to Download the Video David Allen is the godfather of productivity.
If you haven’t read his books yet, you must. But it’s one thing to read a great productivity system, and it’s very different to implement it and sustain those tactics in your everyday life. In this episode I grill David to find out how to make daily overwhelm disappear, and how to organize everything in business and life. (and keep it organized!!) Here is a quick visual of the GTD workflow so you can understand how to implement pieces into your life today. Resources Mentioned on this Podcast: The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer Check out Davidco.com for more info! GTD - Implementation Guide for the GTD Methodology (David Allen 2010) 10 Ways to Implement GTD Simply — Getting Things Done. GTD Cheatsheet – An Intro on the GTD system. The system created by David Allen in his popular book Getting Things Done focuses on freeing up your mind’s RAM (or resources).
The GTD system simply takes all or our mental and physical “stuff” in our lives and organizes it into a system where we can easily: 1) Act on it or 2) Store it and retrieve it later. The GTD Cheatsheet is a small, condensed version of GTD. 1. 2. 3. Beginner’s Guide to GTD. GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done. GTD—or “Getting things done”—is a framework for organizing and tracking your tasks and projects. Its aim is a bit higher than just “getting things done”, though.
(It should have been called “Getting things done in a much better way than just letting things happen, which often turns out not to be very cool at all”.) Its aim is to make you have 100% trust in a system for collecting tasks, ideas, and projects—both vague things like “invent greatest thing ever” and concrete things like “call Ada 25 August to discuss cheesecake recipe”. Everything! Sound like all other run-of-the-mill to-do list systems, you say? One of the basic assumptions of GTD is that you are dumb—or, rather, that your subconsciousness is quite dumb when it comes to thinking about things you should have done.
Jessica Kerr put it perfectly: Pretend your brain is a white board. A great part of the “magic” is to convert both tasks and whims into physical and visible actions as you soon will see. Awesome! Agenda contexts. Productivity Prompts: Getting Things Done with Mind Maps - via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad. For those of you starting to think about using mind maps for getting things done, David Allen’s GTD Connect community is a great place to start. Some time ago I delivered a webinar presentation on the topic, and it was great fun to both create and deliver. I mapped out everything that I had wanted to accomplish including the entire content of the presentation. Then, I built my PowerPoint presentation using my map as a guide. For a full replay of the webinar and to view all the content, sign up for a free trial of GTD Connect or, if you’re already a member, view it here.
I’ve posted (via SlideShare) the highlights of the presentation as well: During the webinar, I highlighted 10+ examples of how to use maps to enhance your GTD process and how you work. GTD’s Horizons of Focus map template – this template provides an incredible way to view and align your life’s work. Note: GTD and Getting Things Done are registered trademarks of The David Allen Company. Related. The Ultimate Getting Things Done Index. Getting Things Done - marvelz. A Fresh Take on Contexts | SimplicityBliss. As my Twitter followers may know, I have been experimenting with a complete new context setup in OmniFocus in the last two to three weeks. Since I am pretty pleased with the result of this fresh approach I thought I share the details and reasons for it.
Actually, whether you use OmniFocus, any other GTD tool or just paper lists, this might be relevant for you. Evolution doesn’t stop (also not for GTD) When David Allen envisioned the GTD system the economy was in the transition from the traditional industry age to the information age. By now many of the GTD aficionados are what is broadly defined as knowledge workers. Context (availability of tools like phone, computer, internet connection, office)Time (time you have at hand, e.g. before the next meeting starts)Energy (the level of attention you can devote to the task)Priority (if you still need to chose between tasks which one is most important) Contexts became ubiquitous Today, where ever you are, most of your tools are always available.
10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively. Evernote is a tool for keeping track of, well, everything. At least everything as far as digital information goes, or information that can be digitized. Evernote comprises a Web-based service and clients for Windows, Mac OS X, mobile devices, and extensions for Web browsers. It's a service I've been using for years, and over that time I've picked up a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of the tool. Learn the Shortcuts If you're using Evernote on the desktop, you'll want to start by learning the keyboard shortcuts. If you have something in the clipboard you want to create a note from, you can use Cmd-Ctrl-V to start a new note with whatever's in the system clipboard. Want to search for something that's in Evernote? The Evernote Web site has a full list of Windows shortcuts and Mac shortcuts. Use Evernote as an Address Book and Contact Manager I've yet to find a contact manager/address book that I actually like, whether it's Web-based or native desktop software.
Local Folders. Evernote | Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps. Learn How to Use Evernote. Evernote Web. Evernote Tips: How To Link Notes Together in Evernote. Evernote Blog: product updates, tips and user stories. Evernote- A Teachers Perspective by Rebecca Spink on Prezi. Evernote. Evernote. The Secret Weapon Combines GTD and Evernote into One Synchronized Productivity System. Evernote « Categories. Use TextExpander, TaskClone and Evernote to automate your meetings! What if you could take notes and automatically have tasks sync’ed to your task application without doing anything but entering a couple keystrokes?
What if you could achieve this automation using a simple note taking application like Drafts? This is possible with background services called TaskClone and an application called TextExpander Touch. As I wrote in my prior post, utilizing TaskClone with Evernote is the fastest way to capture tasks while taking notes. If you use one of the many task applications that can capture tasks via emails, TaskClone will sync all of your lines with checkboxes directly into your task application. This means that you can take notes, capture tasks and file notes in Evernote just by capturing in Evernote or FastEver XL without having to enter your task application. But what if you don’t take notes directly in Evernote, don’t like FastEver and prefer some other editor like Drafts or ByWord?
Evernote as a Task Manager, Update One « How-To. As I wrote here, I have switched from iOS Reminders to Evernote to manage my tasks. One week in and I am still using Evernote as my task manager! I can say that the transition has not been seamless, but overall the experience has been positive. I still have a long way to go to perfect this system, but with Daniel’s help I am confident that the move to Evernote will be revolutionary! Overall, I can see the power of Evernote as a task manager. The ability to integrate tasks with notes and project information in one place is extremely powerful. I have worked through Daniel’s book throughout the week and as a result I adapting my workflows accordingly.
In closing, using Evernote for tasks is ABSOLUTELY possible and for some the setup and workflows will come easily. Stay Tuned for more posts! Evernote and GTD on an iPad. Here’s an article by John Mayson on how he uses Evernote with GTD. Below, I’ve added comments on how I use it with specific reference to the iPad2, which is mostly where I play with Evernote these days. This is going to be a long-assed blog post, so if you’re in hurry, here’s a summary: I use Evernote for all my notetakeing, referencing and for GTD (Getting Things Done)I’m not a power GTD user; still getting used to it.Evernote uses Notebooks and tags to identify/locate your notes. I use just 2 notebooks: GTD (all actionable items) and Reference (everything not actionable)John Mayson uses tags sparingly: only 1/3 of his notes have tags.
He relies on Evernote’s excellent search function to find things. I tag everything, but limit my tags to just one or two (plus I have a trillion tags I’ve used only once and which mostly duplicate words in the body of the note; every time I open Evernote, I trash a couple of tags and/or notebooks. That’s the summary. Clip itTag itClose it. Wtf? To sum up: A Closer Look at How I Organize My Notes In Evernote. Of all of the questions I get in my capacity as Evernote’s ambassador for paperless lifestyle, the one asked most frequently is: “How do you organize your notes?” I’ve written on this subject before, way back in May, when I provided some tips on organizing your digital filing cabinet. But if I have learned one thing about note organization in the months since, it’s that it is an evolving process. At least, that’s the way it has been in my case. So this week, I thought I would dive into more detail on how and why I organize my notes the way I do, and in doing so, take a closer look at note organization in general.
ETA (1/30/13): I’ve created a subsequent post that annotates my actual notebook and tag structure because a lot of people asked for it. A Caveat About Organization The question I get asked is “how do you organize your notes.” Defining Goals In my earlier post on the subject, I suggested that the very first step in note organization was defining your goals. Documents. How to Get Your Stuff into Evernote. It is no secret that I am a big fan of Evernote. It is one of those amazing tools that can radically boost your productivity.
I use it probably more than any other program other than Mac Mail. It has enabled me to realize my dream of a paperless office. But Evernote can also be initially intimidating. The program is so deep and feature-rich that new users hardly know where to start. It is like buying a Swiss Army Knife. If you are just getting started with Evernote, I suggest that you buy Brett Kelly’s remarkably practical e-book, Evernote Essentials, Second Edition. Now, after several months of really exploring the program, I have discovered ten different tools for getting my content into Evernote: Type It.
Record it. You don’t have to use all of these techniques, of course. Question: Which of these tools do you find yourself using the most? Want to launch your own blog or upgrade to self-hosted WordPress? How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency. Going Paperless. Evernote as a Task Manager, Update One « How-To.