The holiday season is well and truly on us. Christmas trees have been put up, lights have been hung, cards are being sent and received. There’s so much going on, so how do we stay sane through the craziness, and make sure we don’t drop the ball?
Take a hint from Santa Claus – he’s making a list and he’s checking it twice.
Don’t try and keep everything in your head! Write everything down, in the very moment. Don’t say to yourself “I must take note of that later..” Because most likely you won’t. Find a note taking program you like – I recommend Evernote – and start different lists. Present ideas, Holiday travel lists, Catch up with, General to-do, Grocery shopping, whatever helps clear your mind of the clutter. At the beginning, middle and end of your day, take a moment to review your lists, check off the tasks that have been completed, and update or add as required.
One feature of Evernote that I find invaluable is the ability to email notes (or forward emails) directly into Evernote and have it automatically filed into my notebooks. You will find your Evernote email address inside your Account Info or Settings. It will look like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. On most devices, you’ll find it by click on your username and then Account Info. Find the address listed there and write it down or copy it. Save this address as a contact in your email address book with a name that is easy to remember, such as Evernote Upload.
- Windows: Select Account Info from the Tools menu; your email address will appear below “Email notes to”.
- Mac: Select Preferences from the Evernote application menu and browse to the Account Info tab.
- iPhone: Tap All Notes the Settings at the top left; scroll down and tap Evernote email address under Settings.
- iPad: Tap the Settings gear button at the bottom right; scroll down and tap Evernote email address under Settings.
- Android: Tap the Evernote menu, select Settings and scroll down until you see Evernote email address.
To automatically add an email to a notebook in Evernote, send the email to your Evernote address. Add “@ notebookName” to the end of the subject line, and hit Send. Voila!
Start now.. Write your lists, unclutter your mind, and let yourself be more in the moment this holiday season. Isn’t that what it’s really all about anyway?