Everyday, we do different set of tasks that we want to do more effectively. Task can be anything, be it writing blog, working on project A, working on project B, or bill payments for expenses. These tasks can be classified on the basis of context.
A context for any task can be defined as things that were in your mind the last time you were doing that task. For example, you are working on project A and you feel like you are done for the day and want to start writing something or maybe complete some unfinished blog post. Now, this requires context change from “Project A” to “blogging”. This context comprises of all the information to get started, from unfinished posts to new ideas that you were having last time.
You try to remember what you wrote last time, you check your wordpress drafts, and you look for text documents where you have written new ideas. All these things take time. And, this cost hampers your productivity. You never know, this may lead to another reason for procrastination.
Steps to keep in mind in order to use evernote to handle this context switching
One Notebook Per Task
Over the last couple of months, I have been reading a lot about making myself more productive. I do lots of readings, collect all the points and promise myself to follow all of them. Quite often, either I forget to keep these points in mind or even if I remember, its just too much work to act on them.
I came across this blog titled the difference between professionals and amateurs during one of my random explorations. The idea described in this immediately struck a chord with me and I realized I had experienced the same thing. I started gymming 5 months back. I was too skinny and was fed up with my sedentary lifestyle. I don’t know which of these motivated me more to join at that time. Afterwards, every day I had to struggle to make up my mind to go and very little progress also didn’t do much help in that. But I kept going, never missed a single day except for unavoidable circumstances. And that made all the difference. Every day that I showed up at the gym even when I didn’t feel like working out, I never regretted that decision. After two months even my body showed signs of progress. There was no reason to quit. These days, after 5 months, it has become much easier to keep this habit. So, that worked out okay for me.
Why not try this to become pro in other fields. I have always wanted to become good at writing. I usually read a lot but that is not consistent. I started writing blog a couple of times before but procastination won every single time. The problem was I tried writing whenever I “felt like”. This time I am trying to do this the “gym way”.