It took me under 5 minutes from start to finish. It was intuitive and friction free. One of the keys to effective time management techniques is getting rid of friction, otherwise it’s death by a 1000 paper cuts in the long run. I expected some learning curve or some issues, so I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I’ll be unpleasantly surprised later, but so far so good.
The quick test was a success:
- I found it very easy to create folders and lists – just like I do on my hard-drive and in Outlook.
- I like the idea that it’s an online/offline system. It’s a S+S (software plus services) application.
- You can tag stuff too.
- It’s nice and crisp.
Here’s a summary of the notebooks I created in Evernote for The Zen of Results:
- Vision / Mission / Values – my internal compass.
- Outcomes – my overall big picture accomplishments.
- To Dos – my daily outcomes – the value I bite off for the day.
- Queue – my list for each project and my backlog of pending stuff.
- Weekly Outcomes – my “Monday Vision” for the week’s planned results. It sets the weekly forest from the monthly trees.
- Notes – any random dumps from links to whatever.
- Thoughts – my little “ah has” or ideas – it’s a thought catcher.
- Sessions – my running dumps where I’ll dump my notes from stickies or notes from the day (I keep a notepad file open so I always have a place to dump my brain without wasting think time)
Checklists / Scripts
- Checklists – my checklists 😉
- Scripts – my step by step instructions – for anything from a routine to an “improvement script” that I cycle through to improve.
Improvement / Results
- Results Log – my daily log of stuff I accomplished. I only use it if I get in stuck mode or feel like I’m thrashing or churning or just don’t feel good about accomplishment.
- Monthly results – my monthly snapshot of results – a simple bulleted list of things I did. Perfect for reviews and for sending to management each month.
- Lessons Learned – my distillations on projects or from other people – it’s whenever I do the exercise.
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