How to use Evernote for Getting Things Done® (GTD)

Getting Things Done® or GTD for short is a methodology that can vastly boost your productivity, creativity, and overall well-being if deployed correctly. I’ve sworn by it for over 3 years and in this post, I’m sharing a GTD set up in Evernote that enables me to focus on what’s important.

This post assumes familiarity with the GTD method. If you’re looking for more information on GTD and how it works, I highly recommend checking out David Allen’s book of the same name.

Why I use GTD

If I’d have to describe GTD in a nutshell and what differentiates it from the countless other productivity methods out there, is that it teaches you how to actually use your brain. One of its core mantras: your brain for having ideas, not for holding them.

Nothing has come close to close to clearing up creative space in my head as this method has. That is why I have been a religious follower of it for over 3 years now. It is also why I’ve spent a lot of time testing out different digital tools to build an ecosystem that supports my way of using the method.

My Evernote setup (video)

I landed with Evernote, which, until the recent update that destroyed everything (it’s over 10x slower and less functional), worked perfectly for me. I currently get by with its Legacy version and having force downgraded the mobile apps.

I have lost my faith in Evernote’s future, however, I am thankful for what it has given me over the past years. In the video below, you’ll learn how I set up my GTD system in Evernote using a dummy account.

Moving on from Evernote

As of writing this post, I am still using Evernote but actively exploring alternative options. You can follow my journey on YouTube, where I’ll be uploading videos explaining the setups I come up with for other tools. Here’s one on Todoist, a task managing software.

Being an Evernote ‘refugee’, it will be an uncomfortable but educating journey and I’m excited to learn how others set up their system. Leave a comment below if you have anything to share! I’ll miss Evernote for how good it was and the Legacy version is still great, but in its current state, I cannot recommend it to anyone who’s a serious practitioner of the GTD method.

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