All twelve people who read my blog…most of you all friends or family…know me quite well. You all know me as a highly relational, “water cooler” guy, that seems to fly by the seat of his pants and is not real organized. That is a pretty fair assessment. I have fought for years with the ugly four letter words in my life called “discipline,” “productivity,” and “organization.” I always seem to try to find ways to be productive and more organized in my life, but often fail miserably.
While on vacation over Thanksgiving, I finally got around to reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity (or GTD for short). It is a really good read and makes total sense…and if I can do the concepts in the system, anyone can do them!
The biggest concept that I have taken from the GTD process is the goal of having a “mind like water.” In essence, when you are not thinking about all of the things you must do, but have a reliable system to refer to, you use much less brain power remembering–which frees you up to dream really big dreams and make a difference in the world. I know that I waste a LOT of energy and brain power worrying about “everything” I have to do and then I am paralyzed not knowing what to do next. I am finally getting more organized and have felt like I have found the “holy grail” of productivity with “The Secret Weapon.”
The folks over at TRUETONIQS have created a perfect system to go along with David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done (GTD). Their solution is a combination of an amazing, free application called Evernote, your email load, and the GTD process. It is really cool, and something I have been looking for quite some time now.
I have used “Things” for the Mac and iPhone, but have found it really slow to keep up with updates and bug fixes. The other negative with Things is that you have to sync manually over WiFi, not remotely over the cloud…not cool. Oh, and it is a bit pricy as well. Oh, and did I mention that Evernote is FREE!? AND…it works with both Mac and PC as well as all smart phone platforms! Sweetness!
What I love about The Secret Weapon is that these creative people are already using Evernote and training all of their employees to be more productive. It is working extremely well for them…and they want to share it with everyone. Here is an extremely creative overview of The Secret Weapon:
Make sure you check out The Secret Weapon website and watch all of their videos to get you up and running quickly with The Secret Weapon.
I found out about Evernote several years ago from Michael Hyatt’s blog, who has several great posts about practical, real world use of Evernote for everyone. Check them out. You should also check out Brett Kelly’s awesome e-book, Evernote Essentials, Second Edition. It is $25, but well worth the time and money to get you up and really proficient in Evernote really quickly.
So tell me, what system do you use to Get Things Done?