I have tried so many systems…from Post-It Notes to Outlook Tasks to a dozen different online systems. It is frustrating and embarrassing to admit that I spend so much time converting my task list to the latest big idea and then watch it fade quickly from use. Most days I seem to take on new tasks faster than I can write them down. My tasks continue to exist in multiple places and systems.
A few years ago I was inspired when I read “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. He opened my eyes to some fresh ideas, suggesting that my brain is a poor memory tool for reminding me of things that need to be done. He encouraged me to get things out of my head and write them down…which frees up my brain cells for what they do best – thinking and solving problems. But I continued to have trouble finding a good system to hold my tasks.
Lately, I’ve been getting some traction with a new system called The Secret Weapon. It uses the principles of GTD on a free app called Evernote. Evernote synchronizes all my tasks between my phone, iPad, work, and home computers. So, I’ve found that:
- My phone is the most convenient tool for adding new tasks
- My laptop is the best place to organize tasks
- My iPad is the best place to take notes in a meeting
And everything is still synchronized. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for listening.