I have found a gamechanger, everyone. You know that I mentioned that I’ve enjoyed Getting Things Done by David Allen, but one thing has made it possible to start streamlining my to-do lists more than anything else. That thing… is Evernote.
Evernote is a program I’ve known about for a while now; I once got a boss a very cool notebook that allowed you to write on it, take a picture with your phone of your notes, and automatically convert that writing into typed notes inside Evernote. However, when I installed Evernote on my computer (mind you, years ago!), every note I wrote was erased when I closed the program. Not great for utility.
I started using it again this year, and now that I have a smartphone, I discovered one of the best things Evernote does: it syncs my notes between my computer and my phone. I can only use two devices without paying for the premium edition, but I can live with just work computer and phone having access. Just that is amazing.
The other nice thing is that my phone doesn’t come pre-loaded with an audio recorder, and Evernote lets you record audio notes. I do a few interviews a month for articles I write, and it is so nice to not only be able to record the interviews but also be able to transcribe them in one place that is then accessible from phone or computer. Incredibly helpful!
Finally, I like that one of my new soothing activities is going through and consolidating notes. I’ll find old notes, make sure I’ve handled everything I wrote in them, and close them out. I sometimes find old tasks that never got done and I’ll actually add them to the current day’s to-do list. It’s nice to know that I have a record keeping system rather than just a never-ending list (sorry to those of you who really appreciate Allen’s method; I am not so scrupulous as to have only one list!)
If you don’t use Evernote, do you have another favorite list-making application? Feel free to share about it in the comments!