Thursday, February 20, 2014

GTD + EN: One Life, One Calendar, One ToDo List

Many years ago, let's call it 10 BGC (Before Google Calendar), I had a significant epiphany in my life.  At the time I had a very compartmentalized life.  For some reason I had the mistaken idea that the best thing to do would be to keep each part separate.  So, I had one calendar where I kept track of my work commitments.  (This was done first with a DayTimer and then I graduated to a Franklin).  I had another calendar where I kept track of my church appointments. (This was in a binder with my church stuff).   And we kept a family calendar on the wall at home.

It wasn't until I took my first 7-habits class that it finally dawned on me that I have one life, so I should have one calendar.  Duh!  I'm sure no one else is like that.   At the time it was a bit more of a challenge because there was no "cloud" to store your calendar in.

Recently I found a box full of old electronics.  Inside I found 4 Palm handhelds.  I'm sure I owned several more than that, but the really old ones got trashed a long time ago.    The Palm was a significant breakthrough for me.  It made it easy to keep one calendar.  However, it took me a while to make the next leap.  That was for me  to go to one to-do list.

Now with Evernote, my life seamlessly transitions between activities.  I can quickly look and see what I need to to and make judgments on what to do next, because I know it is all in there.  When you are using your brain to create ideas and make decisions rather than storing stuff, it frees you up to take your life to a whole new level.  

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