Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.
Ever since reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, I’ve always wanted to implement it. However, I’m not the best at creating things from scratch, so I never got anything off the ground.
A couple years ago I started using Evernote to organize my life, but I didn’t stick with it because I didn’t develop a system I could trust. Trust is an important when developing a life management system.
The point of GTD is stress-free productivity, which is accomplished by knowing the things you want to do, and having the information needed to do them. We normally have all our information scattered between different lists, calendars, and our heads. GTD allows you to get this information out of your head and into a logical system so you can keep it off your mind.
Even more, GTD enables you to capture any future information that comes to you. Only then can you stop worrying that you’ve let something fall through the cracks.
But once you have a system in place that you can trust, that worry melts away. You don’t have that nagging feeling that you might be missing something. If something does come to mind, you have a way to record it and feed it into your system.
I’ve since getting back into Evernote, and I came across someone who implemented their own GTD Evernote system. It looked promising, so I decided to give it a try. After tweaking their system to fit my needs, I now have an Evernote GTD system that allows me to easily store and retrieve information, as well as keep track of my projects.