Last week I finally finished something I’ve been planning for a while and started to use it regularly.
In the spirit of automation, and of getting everything out of my head and into a trusted system, I’ve wired together my calendar + my email + Evernote to make sure I take notes for every meeting that I go to, the same day before I forget. So before I go to bed every night, I just reply to emails in my inbox for each meeting and those notes get automatically tagged and filed in Evernote.
I’ve always thought (ok, since sometime after college) that taking notes was important…but I’m always busy/forgetful, and rarely did it. This improved slightly when I started carrying a Moleskine everywhere (now happily embossed with a Hearsay Social superhero thanks to Kathleen and team!), but I still forget a lot, and I also can’t search it!
One thing I am reasonably good at, though, is processing email. (I’m not sure if I should be proud of that, but it’s true). So if I can somehow force myself to take notes to get to Inbox Zero, maybe it’ll help.
Here’s the solution — I’ve only been using it for a week or two now, but so far so good.
A simple script runs every night around 7pm and looks at my calendar for the day and extracts all of the events…the new JSON-based Google Calendar APIs are a massive improvement over the old ones.
For each event, we classify it into one of a couple categories:
- regular (small) meeting
- large meeting (eg. all-hands)
- something to ignore
Right now this is put together with chicken wire & duct tape, but happy to share if anyone is interested…with enough interest I might clean it up and open source/launch it.