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What is an anchor?
An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the vessel from drifting due to wind or current. The word derives from Latin ancora, which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυρα (ankura ).
While ships and yachts are equipped with anchors by standard there are many other types of anchors. You might seen them on construction sites or even at home used by builders to mount plaster boards or shelves. They are different from ship’s anchor but the serve the same purpose, keep two elements together.
Every person’s productivity system would have such anchors.
Evernote and GTD
I have two anchors which help me stay organised and clear on what I want to do.
First one is GTD methodology which lets me keep up with my workflow. That in turn lets me clarify a ideas, project and actions and move them forward.
The second element is Evernote which is my primary capture and organisation tool. Although I don’t use it for task management the critical factor comes from the fact that I have a lot information there. Any time I need to refer to something like project, idea, reference file Evernote will be my first point of call.
I use these two tools daily to support myself in what ever I do. They help me to stay clear and organised. They ground me in a sense that if I start to chase side projects and activities I can always re-orientate myself and go back to wherever I left things off.
Do you have your own productivity anchor?
What form would your anchor take?
What tools, processes or routines would be your most trusted?