It’s been a long year, and you, the readers, defined quite much of it. This is what you choose to read and what peaked your interest. Luckily these topics are also the topics that I am really passionate about. How did Google figure out what you and I share the passion for, I can not comprehend, but he did it. In case you missed these articles, it’s good, because they are going to get an update, because you choose to.
For those of you who don’t know what is Evernote, it’s cross platform note taking application that keeps all your notes in sync. It flourished in 2011 from 6 million users up to 20 million. Considering that this service is not a social network in any way, it’s success is amazing. It’s robust and powerful. If by chance you don’t know what GTD is, it’s one of the most popular productivity systems out there, written by David Allen.
Although here at Alpha Efficiency, I am not a firm believer of blindly following GTD, lots of it’s principles are highly aplicable and indeed lead to increased productivity. Since Evernote was free, and GTD was pricey to setup in physical form, I decided to make a system that will merge these two and help people on a budget, develop their own system. Or just practice GTD, until they find more suitable solution, like I did.
Last year was undoubtedly a year of iPad. This article got lucky and was picked up by iPad content aggregator Zite and pulled a lots of traffic and traction. But it also peaked the interest of numerous bloggers who wanted to explore new ways of publishing content on this mobile platform. I catch myself writing more and more on my iPad, while still publishing on my laptop. Nevertheless iPad became a productivity powerhouse, changing the way I approach work and consumption of online media.
This is closely related to the most popular topic of Evernote and GTD being combined into one. Here I reviewed the work of Daniels Gold, who explained how he modified his Evernote into productivity platform. It’s in depth explanation on the same topic as most popular article on my blog. For 5$, you get step by step guide that will push you through the basics and advanced techniques that will save your time and money.
This came to my surprise, because I wasn’t writing much about Google Calendar, but it turned out to be the popular topic, one that I will cover in more detail in 2012. Here I explained some of less known techniques of notifying you about your activities, especially if you don’t own a smartphone.
If you haven’t heard about the mindmapping concept developed by Toni Buzan, you are seriously sleeping under the rock. Alpha Efficiency will expand on this topic throughout 2012
Workflowy is an application that a lot of people online are raving about. I gave it as an example of unpolished app, that needs to go a long way in order to become something meaningful that I can use as well. The basic concept is good, granular thinking that spreads like a web, and connects your thoughts. I can safely assume that it can be quite good for writers, who absolutely love this tool. I have inquired people who’ve recommended me this tool, are they still using it. If I see people sticking with it for more than 6 months I might give it another try, but so far Evernote and OmniFocus will take all the fame, here at least.
This is application that is built upon Evernote api and seamlessly integrates with Google Calendar. For the time being it’s free, so I suggest you board the ship as an early adopter, because I am quite sure you will have privileges over people who join later. It’s also featured in Daniels ebook. I am eagerly awaiting for their iPhone app, so I give it a try as my main task manager. I am really excited about this app, and if you need something that’s going to help you with computer work, I highly recommend checking this review and app itself.
I wrote this article when Evernote introduced note linking function, which made it awesome for knowledge organization, similar to one of the Wikipedia. I am glad that I am not the only one who took interest in this. Having a main wiki note, where you granulate all the areas of your knowledge and than linking all the notes respectfully into one coherent whole. This made my life so much easier and as it evolves it just gets better.
This is one of the articles I really enjoyed writing. It predates my workflow and “write it down” mentality. But regardless of that proves to be valuable resource to many people, who want to plan their upcoming days. Planning is one great habit that people need to develop further. Each 10 minutes of planning, save an hour a day. It’s a wise investment, and hope this article inspires you to plan more often.
Android certainly left a mark on my life, being the first touch screen based smartphone I owned and first Linux system I encountered. Thought me a lot about computing itself. The clear winner of Android browser race, was Dolphin browser, which in it’s functionallity bridges the gap between the desktop and a smartphone, because of awesome plugins it supports. There are many other browsers as well, who can offer more speed, or better and intensive graphics.
So apparently in 2011, we wanted to get more out of the free tools that were given at us, improve efficiency of our iOS and Android gadgets, read a couple of productivity books, improve planning and learn a little bit about Mind Mapping.