So, fairly regularly, I get a bit fed up with myself and get inspired to revamp/ renew my life. Organisation is always one of those things. At least feeling this way at this time of year puts me in line with most of the rest of the world!
Evernote has been one of “those” systems. I felt like as a writer, a thinker and more than a little tech savvy it was the cool system and app that everyone like me should love. And many do. With good cause. If for no other reason than it is a good catch all.
But maybe that was exactly my problem. At this stage at least I don’t need another collection bucket to try and compete to be my go to. Maybe that might change. But for right now as I really am rebuilding across a few different areas of life ( and no this is not just another revamp but a few different areas of life do need to change dramatically and simultaniously), I need fewer collection buckets, and fewer places a thing could be hiding once I’ve got it out of my head. I find more specific buckets work for me. If it’s a note about a book I read — It’ll be in one of those notebooks. It’s a reminder about a direct debit – it’ll be on my calendar etc. I still struggle with to-do lists/next action lists as I am such a hybrid type, I seem to want everything to be both available and up to date as bothe low tech (i love my fountain pen and start thinking well on paper) but want to transition to iPhone or ipad fairly quickly. Crazy I know. Delayed reminders that couldn’t be looked at were a real issue.
So Evernote much to my shagrin was an app which sat in my applications folder languishing. The cute black elephant icon taunting me occasionally, but unlike many others I wasnt prepared to cut it out of my life. There would come a point when I was better organised that we would need each other.
And I’ve found its calling…. It is my tickler file. For the reminders I can’t do anything about now, but need to be tickled about later and also need to see and feel they are stored without being reminded daily at a point when they can’t be actioned, which seems to then difuse the action-ness of a list of to do’s.
So I searched for “online tickler filing system” and found this from SohoTech
I’ve set my system up fairly similar, except I went ahead and started the numbering 01 January, 02 February etc. I have created numbered files for each day yet but only for the numbers I need so far. They will evolve no doubt. I think I will also add things like “end of the month” and “second pay cycle of the month” as caterories.
No this is not an advertisement for Evernote or GTD or anything. No spin off for me. No arrangements have been made. Just something new I’m playing with
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