Okay, one more blog post on tags. And this time …. we get a little funky with it 🙂
There are interesting / unique things you can do with tags. For instance, I have a group of tags I call #Indicator tags which allow me to view buckets of information a little differently.
I can tag next actions, projects, project support materials, reference materials … anything, with an indicator tags. They give me a quick way to filter my Evernote content. Here are a few examples of some of the indicator tags I have created.
- #Asana – I have some collaborative projects that are in Asana. If I need to create a placeholder in my system for an Asana project or next action, I can tag the project or next action with #Asana and include a URL link to the Asana project in my Project Information Sheet (PIS). So before I even get to work on the project, I immediately see that this is an Asana project and can launch the URL while I start to review what the next actions are.
- #ASF – If I have an action that has action support material stored in my action support folder, I quickly tag the next action with #ASF. This way, I can always filter my next actions by #ASF. Provided I am in a context that allows me to do them all, I can just clear out what’s in my folder.
- #HPT =This indicates there is action support information in my Home Pending Tray. I use it just like I use my #ASF.
- #Next Action = This is an interesting one. There are times when I have a single action but I do not want to create a whole project because I may not have one other action after that. In those cases, I simply add the #Next Action indicator and document the future next action, or possible future next action, in the Evernote note. When I complete the next action, the indicator prompts me to refer to future next action which I can either do right away, or park.
- #PSF = Indicates that there is a physical Project Support Folder that relates to the project.
- #Shopping List = I can tag items anywhere that can be added to my shopping list.
- #Tickled = I can ‘tickle’ various next actions such as @waiting fors, @agendas, etc. so that they appear on my Google Calendar on a due date or start date.
Horizons of Focus Tags
I have 10 categories for my horizons of focus and I tag projects (i.e. project information sheets) and areas of focus (area of focus information sheets) with these categories.
This way I can always filter to see all my Beauty projects, Organisation projects, and so forth.
This, along with the project status tags (.e.g #Project – Completed, #Project or #Project – S/M) allows me to see how much activity I have in any one of the categories.
* Categories not shown are Professional (which includes Platform), Spiritual & Wealth
I also keep have a few tags in a Shortcuts tag category that I use during the busy work day to keep a few next actions or reference information.
Quick Reference items for instance include my conference call information, flight itinerary for that day, daily review checklist.
Blog Status Tags
I like to keep an easy view of how many blogs I have to write, schedule to be posted, or have already posted.
This helps me keep up with posting on a regular basis. So, for instance, if I have 2 or 3 lined up to author in a week then I know that as long as I can plan the few hours I need to write the posts, I can keep up with my goal of 3 posts a week.
Read Location Tags
For my @Read/Review where I track various articles, manual or books I am reading, I also include an indicator of where the material is stored.
Social Media Category
And as I think of status updates I want to post to Linked In, Facebook or any of the other social media sites, I capture them in Evernote and tag them with the grouping of social media sites I would want to post it to.
- _Personal ones go only to my Facebook site,
- _Professional goes to Linked In, our internal company site, and a couple of others, and
- _Universal goes to any and all social media sites.
During my morning routine when I’m getting ready to post a status update, I am just 1-click away from pulling up any random thoughts or musings I have captured that I’d like to post.