For what its worth, some thoughts on getting organized.

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.29.19 AMI’m by no means a super nerd when it comes to organization. I’m not OCD, I’m not Type A. But I’m getting to the point where I need to figure this out, to crack this nut on what works for me in the world of organizing the various portions of my life. A coworker uses Omnifocus, a paid application that apparently is the uber tool of lists, reminders, calendars, etc, etc. I may be cheap, but I do understand that you get what you pay for. I am at this point not willing to pay the price for this tool. I also firmly believe that there is something to be said about the overload of options in the digital organization space to the point that it can make one completely ineffective. Too many note taking tools, too many calendar tools, list making tools, reminder tools…

My personal term for it is the “tyranny of the convenient”. And there are people out there much smarter than I who have come up with the Get Things Done philosophy, the specifics of which I know nothing about. But my understanding of it from that aforementioned coworker is that there should be that ONE place/tool that you commit to using for everything, then use it everyday, and figure out how to use it most effectively. Paid or not, I am on a quest to figure out what that one tool should be. My criteria: it has to be cross platform between iOS, Mac OS and Windows. I prefer to have the option of time based reminders, AND location based reminders. Location based reminders is one of those things that one doesn’t realize the awesomeness of until one uses them with ones smartphone of choice. Currently I am in the Evernote camp, reading and figuring out how to make this in combination with my calendar too of choice the most effective for task management and organization. Evernote does not do location based reminders, and this leads back to an issue from earlier, too many tools. And should I just step up and pay for the tool that does it all and commit to it?

Any thoughts out there? I’m open to suggestions.

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