How I use Evernote to run my life (part 2)
November 11, 2013 1 Comment
The beauty of Evernote is it’s friction-free ability to get “stuff” into Evernote so you can process it later and ensure you never forget anything that is actionable. This is critical to having a Trusted System and the stress-free productivity that goes with it. Almost every morning during the week I go to the gym and alternate between Pilates, cardio and strength training workouts.
On the cardio days, I use the elliptical trainer and my iPad to read while listening to a up-beat playlist to motivate me to keep my heart rate up. I start out reading the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and LA Times to catch up on what is going on in the world. If I find an article that I want to keep, I use the “share” function to email it and I send it to my Evernote email address.
Keeping up with information
Then I go on to process my RSS Feeds via Feedly. I love Feedly as my replacement for Google Reader and Feedler Pro. It works across the web on Mac or PC, iOS and Android so no matter what device I am using, I can process my feeds and it will sync across devices.
Sharing information with the world
If I find an article that I want to share with the world, I use Buffer to tweet it and post it to LinkedIn. I highly recommend Buffer because it allows you to schedule your tweets and posts so they don’t all come at the same time. This allows your followers to consume your tweets and posts easier.
Leveraging audio content
On strength training days, I listen to podcasts on my iPhone with the Apple Podcasts player. I use Fast Ever to add the location of the bookmarks that I place in the podcasts to follow-up on them later in Evernote.
Processing email to zero
When I am processing email and I come across an action that is more than two minutes, I forward it to Evernote and drag the email to my Archived folder in case I ever need to original email.
Processing web sites
Processing physical paper
Capturing ideas or actionable items on the go
Capturing ideas or actionable items while driving
Similarly, If I am driving, I use Siri to do a voice to text conversion to send it to Evernote. Try it. It works surprisingly well.
All of these processes end up with new actionable items waiting for me in my -Unprocessed folder in Evernote ready to process into the appropriate action and context for that item. I can’t think of a better way to have a friction-free way to getting stuff into my trusted system than using Evernote. And for this reason, Evernote has become the most important application I have on all my devices.