Getting Things Done with Evernote

by Brandon on September 29, 2011


In order to love to write, you need to blog about a topic that you already think about all of the time. That said, I’ve decided to write a series about how I Get Things Done with Evernote.

First things first, I’ll give credit where credit is due. The framework for my GTD system was based on a series of posts at Productivity 101 written by Dutch blogger Fokke Kooistra. His posts were exceedingly helpful as I transitioned my system from OneNote to Evernote.  I have also incorporated many of Stephen Millard’s ideas into my GTD system. Stephen is the author of a blog called Thought Asylum, and you can check out his thoughts about Evernote here.

Before we begin, I’m going to assume that you’ve read David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity at least twice. If you haven’t, I suggest you do that first.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get rolling. Head over to and create an account. I’m a premium user, but you can accomplish everything you’ll need to do with a free account. You’ll also want to download and install a copy of Evernote on your Mac or PC. While you’re at it, you may as well install Evernote on your mobile device. Evernote is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and even Palm Pre/Palm Pixi.

Lastly, you’re going to need to install the Evernote Web Clipper. I recommend using Google Chrome, but the clipper is also available for Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

That’s it! Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll walk you through setting up the notebooks we will be using to Get Things Done with Evernote.


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