Taking Note – A Podcast By Evernote Episode 1. A Conversation With Michael Hyatt.

This Is What I Learned

The start of every new year is always a special and exciting time with lots of things to do, plans to make and goals to achieve.  It was also an exciting time this new year to hear that Evernote were rekindling their podcast again after what seemed like forever since they last uploaded one.

I have recently started to download and listen to more and more podcasts lately so Evernote’s new podcast was a warm welcome.

Taking Note a podcast by Evernote is described by the iTunes Podcast store as being presented by the leader in note taking and productivity.  Taking Note dives into the realms of personal and professional achievement, entrepreneurship and creative thinking.  They will interview experts and trailblazers, uncovering great ideas and best practices to help organise your work and declutter your life.

Episode #1 featured Michael Hyatt of MichaelHyatt.com – talking about taking control of your goals in 2017.  I have been following Michael Hyatt for a while now and as Michael is an Evernote power user I knew this would be worth listening to.

This is what I learned:

Goal Setting.

  • New Year’s Resolution never work.   Hmmm…  According to statistics only 8% of people stick to their resolutions.  Michael Hyatt suggests that these resolutions are vague promises more then achievable goals.
  • Don’t confuse goals with projects or vice versa. Projects are part of the ‘whirlwind’ of work and life like completing a project at work.  Goals on the other hand should be viewed as life changing achievements.  See the difference?
  • You must be clear and specific about your goals.  Michael says you should ask yourself “What would make this year remarkable or extraordinary?”   You cannot drift to your goals, you have to be intentional.  Don’t be vague, be specific and most importantly write them down.
  • Don’t try for too many goals as you will become overwhelmed.  Too many goals will divide and sabotage your focus.  The best advice is to set no more than 7 to 10 goals in a year and for best results try staggering the goals.
  • Michale Hyatt recently released a book titled Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting And Get The Life You Want which covers a lot of the goal setting he discusses here in the podcast.
  • 42% of people are more likely to achieve goals when written down.  Evernote users are fond of writing things down and writing your goals in Evernote is a great way to have these goals with you wherever you are.


  • Being productive is not about managing your time but more about managing your energy.  This is an interesting twist on what I thought about productivity!
  • Sleep.  And more of it.  Sleep is a very important part of managing your energy levels to maintain your productivity.  With a fresh and clear mind you can achieve much.
  • There is a misunderstanding that productivity is not about getting more things done but about getting the right things done.  This is a big light bulb moment for me.

Interesting quotes.

  • Self limiting beliefs hold us back.  These beliefs are typically in our head that don’t really exist. Try liberating truths instead.
  • To follow through on a goal it needs to be in the discomfort zone.  It needs to be risky and hard.
  • What if we fail?  There is no failure but only feedback.  This is a positive way of thinking about not succeeding.


  • Write down your goals.
  • Be clear and specific with your goals and set realistic time frames.
  • Limited your goals to no more than 7 to 10 goals per year to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Create/use a goal template in Evernote.  Create a table of contents of each goal then drag the table of contents note to the shorts cuts menu to review each morning.  I will be doing this right away!

Thanks to Evernote and Michael Hyatt for a very informative and enjoyable podcast.  I really look forward to the next Taking Note podcast.




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