Last Updated Sep 19, 2008 2:41 PM EDT
- The Find: Fight your forgetfulness (even maybe banish it for good) with this comprehensive system from Leo Babauta of the blog, Zen Habits.
- The Source: The blog of Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek.
- Evernote: a great app for storing just about any information you want. It can hold notes, clip web pages, store photos and audio notes, and more. Really cool feature: snap a picture of something on your camera phone, and send it to Evernote -- then Evernote will scan the image and you can search for words within the note. This makes sending yourself notes really easy.
- Gmail: Gmail uses archive and search (along with labels if you like) to quickly store and retrieve any information you need. I also use a Firefox plugin to combine Gmail with Gcal so I can see emails and my calendar in one view.
- Gcal: Also known as Google Calendar is accessible from anywhere. Get used to setting up reminders quickly in your calendar, and you won't have to remember anything.
- Anxiety: I actually play around with lots of to-do apps, but my current one is Anxiety. I don't like to keep actions in my email program, so when I receive an email that requires an action, I just quickly add a to-do item to Anxiety.
- Jott: This handy app ties everything together. Just call Jott from your cell phone and leave a message, and it'll be sent to your email -- or to another service you specify. For example, I've set up Evernote as one of my Jott contacts, so that when I send a Jott message to Evernote, it's automatically added to my Evernote database and is searchable later.
- Make a note, immediately. This is perhaps the most important habit. If you can teach yourself to make a note of things right away, immediately, without putting it off, you're halfway there.
- Use your lists and tools, consistently.
- Make it quick and painless. If it's difficult to add a note or save information, you'll put it off sometimes.
- Archive and search, don't file.
The Question: Does your own organizational system consist of string on the finger or something more complicated? Share your best tips with your fellow BNET readers.