In the Collect stage you gather everything that enters your world that might represent something you have to do. The idea is to keep all the open loops that appear in your life out of your head. Instead, they will be systematically collected into your Inbox, where they will reside until you process them.
The collecting habit has a double motivation:
Keeping your head empty will let you focus in doing things without stress. Having uncompleted, fuzzy stuff in your head when trying to get something done it is not only unpleasant, it is counterproductive.
Keeping all your incomplete stuff in a single place helps to let yourself relax. You will experience a feeling of control, since all the things that require your attention are neither lost nor dispersed.
There are 2 key factors to succeed in your collecting strategy:
You can see your inbox in the Process section. Your inbox items are shown in the order they were collected with older items at top. The top item is not shown in the list, but in the processing panel, as the current item you have to process next.
In case of Evernote notes, you can also check their contents in the right side.
Notice that you can't select which item you want to process next. This is deliberate.
You can collect stuff in zendone by pressing the quick collect button.
You will see a sticky note for introducing the text you want to collect.
The preferred way for collecting stuff in zendone is using Evernote. Evernote is an amazingly powerful collecting tool. It lets you collect stuff using any mechanism you can think of.
Evernote offers a complete suite of tools for capturing things. Such as:
And there are hundreds of products that offer integration with Evernote. Many of them enable capturing stuff in different ways. For example:
In order to start using Evernote as a collecting tool in zendone you must enable its integration in the preferences panel. Once you do it you can start using all these mechanisms for collecting stuff into your Inbox.
In zendone, your GTD Inbox is connected to your default Evernote notebook. In Evernote, every user has a default Evernote notebook. That is the notebook where things are captured by default. For example, when you send an email to your Evernote email address.
Being connected means that your Inbox in zendone will contain an item per Evernote note in your default notebook. And both Inbox and default notebook will stay synchronized in every moment.
You can read more about the Evernote notes lifecycle.