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To defeat procrastination
Welcome to 2020, reporters! Hope you missed me. Like many of you, I’m currently working on a new year wave of motivation to get more organized.
I usually don’t share productivity tools on here, because there are just so many, and they depend so heavily on the unique contours of your own brain. But I got a nice email request before the break, so with the help of this incredible tweet, let’s give it a try.
I use Evernote, a heavy hitting Swiss Army Knife of a tool. I use it to keep track of sprawling investigative stories, where I can file by publisher, story, date, type of content (interview/data/previous coverage/etc) and more. I’ve also written about Evernote as an impressive mobile scanner.
Frankly, I don’t think anyone is that interested in the extensive details of my Evernote setup, so here is a quick roundup:
If you use Microsoft Office (like you get your emails on Outlook), try OneNote
If you’re keeping track of very complex stories, try Evernote
If you’re keeping balls in the air, but those balls are not super complicated, try Trello
If you’re getting a team organized, try Asana
And that doesn’t even wade in to the swamp of To Do list apps…
My biggest recommendation is to try these tools for a couple weeks before giving up. Tweak it as much as you want, and the tool will adapt to you. If you still don’t like it after about 3 weeks, move on. Good luck with your resolutions, reporters!