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Evernote: The unofficial guide to capturing everything and getting things done. 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Gold
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Book Description

Now on its 2nd Edition with 30 new pages of content, this eBook will help you tobecome more productive by using Evernote® and implementing best practices tied to the wildly popular Getting Things Done® (GTD®) methodology developed by The David Allen Company. My easy-to-follow guide will enable you to make better decisions about how to organize your life in the electronic world. It is a book that you can revisit continuously to refine your process and keep you on track.

Why I am I qualified to write this eBook? Well, I don’t work for Evernote, but I’ve used Evernote since 2008, and I’ve been implementing the Getting Things Done methodology since 2007. I’ve leveraged Evernote in both my professional life to help me juggle my many roles and lead a successful life!

*Author's note: in order to receive the free updates of this eBook as they're published, please e-mail me a copy of your receipt so that I can include you in the e-mail list. Thank you.

Editorial Reviews: Daniel's book is "wonderfully ... straightforward, conversational look at why Evernote is a great tool for productivity ... and how easily it can be used to apply GTD principles effectively. The book never talks down to you, and it never assumes you know too much or too little — it is simply honest and genuine; experienced, but uncomplicated. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a fun and easy read, either." I like how he starts off going into why we need a solution like this (whether it be Evernote, GTD, or something else). His points really spoke to me, as it sounds like we are kindred spirits in a lot of ways ... [Daniel] has come up with a pretty fascinating tagging structure for GTD. You can tell that a lot of thought and trial and error has gone into it. Dan is a maven in the world of technology and productivity ... It’s a great read and provides a much needed lesson for using an extraordinary piece of technology in conjunction with a seminal productivity system, to manage your work and your life. Daniel is a is an all round task management guru who has put pen to paper ... Daniel is very clear that this is how things work for him and encourages people to use this as a springboard to develop their own strategy ... I am looking forward to going through each of the steps that Daniel outlines and adding another dimension to what was already an invaluable tool.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel E. Gold; 2 edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OSJ06I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laser Focused On Using GTD In Evernote November 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a slightly-off-the-rails GTD devotee and someone who uses Evernote every day to, as the company says, remember everything.

Not surprisingly, I was excited when I read in an Evernote LinkedIn group that this book was in the works, and I rushed out and bought it the day that it was released.

Since I've had time to digest it for a bit, I have some thoughts:

1) The author starts by going into why we need a system like this. He doesn't just dive in to the technical bits. This is a great approach that many self-published authors skip. You can't truly tackle a problem unless you face why you're having the problem in the first place.

2) I really like the approach to using tags. Tags are a double-edged sword in Evernote (or any system really), and he has some good advice for managing your tags and what to do if they've gotten out of control.

3) I like how he went step-by-step with screenshots into how he sets his system up, and he very wisely includes some use cases so we can see how his recommended system handles different situations.

4) Being a paperless nerd, I was intrigued by how he uses Evernote with his scanner to go paperless. Very different than how I do it, but it is always good to get different perspectives.

If you are looking for a general guide on how to use Evernote, this will not be the book for you. If you are looking at a general beginner guide on GTD, this will not be the book for you (I hear there is already one called Getting Things Done), but if you are wanting something that is specifically about how to use GTD in Evernote, it is pretty hard to go wrong for $5.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear explanation of how the author uses Evernote for GTD November 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book doesn't show you how to become an expert in Evernote or GTD, nor does it require you to have mastered either. What it does, and does well, is show you how the author uses them together to manage his GTD workflow. His system isn't for everyone but I use (a variation of) it as my sytem. It's simple and flexible and it works.

This is a quote from a review I did on my blog:

"If you are a newcomer to Evernote or GTD, Dan's book will sell you on why you need to be using them; it won't tell you everything you need to know about how. What it will do is show you how you can use them together to create a complete system for getting things done."

If you don't know anything about GTD, the book isn't for you. If you like GTD but have been frustrated with implementing it, Dan's book will open your eyes to the power of using Evernote, as many of us now do.

David Ward
Author of Evernote for Lawyers: A Guide to Getting Organized & Increasing Productivity (Productivity for Lawyers and Law Firms)

P.S. Dan mentions my blog in his book but as you'll see in my full review, Dan used several sources in creating his system.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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If you are familiar with David Allen's system for personal productivity, Getting Things Done or GTD for short, and if you have a working knowledge of Evernote, an online note collecting and management system with apps for most smartphone operating systems, then Evernote: The unofficial guide... will give you some good ideas on how to implement GTD using Evernote. David Allen emphasizes that GTD'ers need to find a system that works for them personally, and in Evernote: The unofficial guide... Daniel Gold lays out exactly how he has done this with Evernote. But, the ebook appears to be a lengthy blog post reformatted as an ebook, and links to pre-formatted notes the author provides in his text did not work on my Amazon Kindle. (I'm not even certain what I could have done with the linked documents on a Kindle had the links worked.) The book's fast-paced narrative may also make it difficult for some readers to follow, particularly those who are only lightly grounded in GTD and Evernote. If you are still looking for your own personal GTD system, using Evernote and adapting Daniel Gold's techniques to your own needs may be the solution you seek.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too subjective December 19, 2012
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The book is ok. It gives a short brief over the GTD method and did reveal to me a few (minor) things I didn't know I can do with Evernote, but all in all it's a very personal interpretation of David Allen's book. I've seen on YouTube a few other videos made by other individuals that have their own suggestions of how to apply GTD using Evernote.

I, personally, think that Daniel Gold's way of using it is a little too complicated, which relies heavily on Evernote's feature of linking notes to each other. I find this method requiring a little too much maintenance over my projects, and hard to stay consistant with it. Having said that, I can totally see how a different personality could find good use for this book.

My recommendation is to look into Daneil Gold's website and blog, or even watch some of his videos on YouTube, in order to get a grasp of his method and see if that fits with your personality before buying this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book shows an interesting use for Evernote February 16, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Evernote and always on the lookout for information and tips that can help me get more out of the application so I decided to get Evernote: The unofficial guide 2nd Edition to capturing everything and getting things done.

While I am not a GTD follower, I thought there might still be some things I could learn from the book.
While at this time, Evernote doesn't feel right as a task manager for me (I use OmniFocus), I do appreciate how the author breaks down how one can use Evernote as a GTD tool to manage their projects and tasks. Even if like me, you aren't into GTD, the author provides some details about processing and organizing information in Evernote

Even though this book is not for me, I'll stick with a separate task manager with Evernote for capturing information, I still recommend this book to people especially new Evernote users still exploring uses for the product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough New Here
Try The Secret Weapon instead. This is pretty clunky and there's not enough here to warrant purchasing it he ebook.
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly W.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty good.
The book itself is fine, but the GTD process is still too complicated for me. I think I'll stick to the others Evernote-linked apps I already use.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela H. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference to put GTD into action
A home run on all levels Well written Clear Practical Helpful Provides the advice to actually implement GTD concepts into the Evernote platform I'd like to see future... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Trying to learn more about Evernote. This book has helped.
Published 4 months ago by rxkibler
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Published 6 months ago by gdeal
4.0 out of 5 stars Step by step guide
Very easy to understand and apply particularly if you have already read 'Getting things done'
Published 6 months ago by Nic McClean
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Evernote books
This book shows you simple ways to get Evernote to save everything and then tell you what to do next. I've read 4 or 5 Evernote books and this one has been the most helpful.
Published 6 months ago by Peter Conti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great approach but some content is already dated
I am fully bought into the use of Evernote as a platform to help implement GTD.
So when I saw this title I jumped on it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Manny Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read
Quite a few ideas to use. I don't think this little guide captures "everything", however. The book presumes you know GTD and Evernote quite thoroughly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Erickson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not that helpful.
Published 10 months ago by katherine
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More About the Author

I'm a productivity consultant and keynote speaker who helps companies & individuals leverage new technology to be more efficient. I'm also the author of the bestselling Evernote & Springpad GTD e-books.

A bit of a longer story on me...

Just before my father dropped me off at school my freshman year of college, he told me that college was my full-time job. He said that the money he was paying for me to be there was my salary and that for every hour that went by that I wasn't studying was an hour of throwing money away.

The idea of managing my time in this context stuck with me and motivated me get a 3.94 my freshman year and graduating with a 3.75. In fact, I even taught time management courses while I was in college so that others could benefit from what I had learned as well.

All that changed when I entered the workforce and found that what got me through college and law school, no longer worked.

It started with the bar exam. I joke sometimes that I loved the bar exam so much I decided to take it twice in New Jersey. But the truth is that I just could not get in a rhythm to set myself up for success.

When I finally did pass the second time around and started practicing law, I wasn't nearly as successful as I thought I would be. I found that lack of organization caused me to flounder: my calendar lacked priority, deadlines were missed and people were let down. All of this because I lacked an efficient system.

That's when I discovered David Allen's Getting Things Done. This book fundamentally shifted what I thought it meant to be organized, manage my time and - most importantly - my life. Learning and then implementing this time management methodology enabled me to be more successful in my life. I was more productive, more organized, and empowered. I felt like I could accomplish anything once I had my life under control.

And I was right! As a litigation consultant for a global legal information services company, I racked up multiple awards internally for best practices, including "Best Rep" and two-time "Circle of Excellence Winner." I was also designated as a leader among my colleagues in the areas of productivity, presentation design, and social networking. I was looked up to as the "go to" guy internally for presentations and social media, and was the face of credibility with my clients.

I am living proof that with structure, consistency, and hard work you can be wildly successful. I want to take what I've learned and help you achieve a life where you achieve your goals, love what you do, and live your passion!


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