You know the ones, the ones where you have a list a mile long, and you just don’t know where to start because the list looks equally important. A great tip I have learned is to just start with one small thing. Every bit helps you towards you PhD. Today was one of those days for me. So I decided to organise my Endnote library as I have been collecting books/articles to read. I’ve now got a huge list which I am feeling much better about as what I have been collecting seems to be on track to what my research project is about.
The other thing I did today was to decide to go completely (we’ll see) paperless for my PhD. This means, no more printing out articles and everything I write, unless I really, really have to. In the process, it was suggested to me that I utilise the cornell method for note-taking for my literature review. Previously I had a single word doc for everything I read which meant lots of paper. Now I have a template that is sitting in my Evernote notebook and will use this when taking notes. One of the great things about Evernote is being able to tag your notes, so you can link them to other related notes.
http://thesiswhisperer.com/2012/12/12/turn-your-notes-into-writing-using-the-cornell-method/ is a great source of information regarding the cornell method. There are plenty of links on the internet in regards to creating templates for Evernote and also for the Cornell method.