How can I use Evernote to GTD, or should I use a separate task manager for that?
What would you suggest?
I use a separate task manager, and I recommend you do the same.
I use Evernote as a
The highlighted phrases are David Allen terminology. If you have the book on kindle, you could just look them up in search. The goal of an electronic system for GTD is to have placeholders from the 8 items at the periphery of this diagram. Also, you need an
Here are further details about how I set things up inside Asana
Asana has a phenomenal interface that allows you to do things quickly. They have great keyboard shortcuts. Also, this allows you to have two different apps on your phone. This way, you don't end up with one giant bloated app that is messy and complicated to use.
In a nutshell, I use Evernote for storing knowledge, and asana for storing Action items, or ToDos.
P.S. Further tips -
Use Asana's Chrome extension. Assign it a keyboard shortcut. With this, you will be able to
The easiest way would be to create tags for your contexts (e.g. @Home, @Work, etc.). This, in turn, requires that each individual action is a separate note. That's the basic principle that all systems will share. As far as how you organize your system, many people recommend different ways of doing this:
I'll update this list further, as I'm very interested in the topic as well.
One way to make the system have each note represent a project rather than an action is to have the context tag only refer to the project's next action. So if you had a project "clean the garage" with an action "call bob", you would create a note for "clean the garage". Then in the body of the note, write "call bob" as the next action, and tag it as [@Calls]. This means that you will need to retag a note every time you complete an action.
If Evernote isn't easily GTD-able, don't try and force it. You'll spend more time adapting your system rather than actually using it. The important thing is to find something that works for you. Many people tweak GTD to fit their own needs, and only you can determine if a system will fit for you.
Things like having the same tagging system represent tags, contexts, and status (as it seems from the little I've looked at Evernote) is not something I would consider easily usable for GTD.
I found another topic on the subject here http://www.40tech.com/2009/08/25/getting-things-done-gtd-in-evernote-with-only-one-notebook/