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Newer Edition Needed to Reflect Changes in Evernote
on April 20, 2017
In 2001 David Allen published a guide to time and task management titled Getting Things Done. The book was wildly successful and the most recent update was published in 2015. Daniel Gold has published an e-book, now in its second edition, which marries the concepts of Getting Things Done with the rich feature set of Evernote.
As Gold proceeds with his descriptions of using Evernote for "getting things done," it almost seems as if Evernote were designed with the principles of Getting Things Done in Mind.
As with any time and task management system, discipline on the part of the user is required. I recommend before utilizing Gold's book that the reader become familiar with the principles Allen sets forth in Getting Things Done. Although Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done could be used without having first read Allen's book, the concepts covered in the Evernote book make more sense if the concepts already have been understood with a reading of Allen's Book.
The writing in Gold's book is simple, readable, and straightforward. No special expertise in time and task management theory and practice is required any more than with Allen's book. Gold's book, as does Allen's, illustrates principles that can be utilized by everyone from students to soccer moms to corporate executives.
The two books complement each other well. Gold's book is especially helpful for demonstrating the use and utility of some of Evernote's more esoteric and obscure functions that might be overlooked by the casual user. Gold does an excellent job of demonstrating the power contained within the Evernote app. Gold's book does need updating, however, to reflect the changes made in Evernote. Some of the more cumbersome procedures described by Gold have been updated by the Evernote app; the use of reminders is one example.
Recommended with the caveat that the text has become dated with modifications to Evernote. The text helpfully supplies business-oriented templates that can be incorporated into Evernote which then can be modified to suit the user's needs.