I’m a lot like you! I have always tried to use some sort of system to organize my life and be more productive. I’ve tried notebooks, note cards, palm pilots, planner notebooks, Evernote, Microsoft One Note, and just about every task app out there (for Android anyway). And as of a couple years ago, I’ve settled on a small collection of systems that works for me very, very well.
I’ve been using the Bullet Journal system (tweaked to work even more productively for myself of course) for about two years for work. It has been essential to my success in terms of organization, prioritization of tasks, keeping on top of meetings, being able to look back to find out when things happened, etc. And for project related information (I have a lot of projects in my job), and weekly meeting notes, I use Microsoft One Note.
I still use a task app (Todoist) and Evernote primarily for my personal life which work great for all of that stuff. Evernote is great for things I want to keep long term and have access to electronically (good articles, lists of all kinds, notes taken during church services, notes on books I’ve read, notes from seminars I’ve attended, scanned documents, etc.).
For articles I want to read but don’t always have time to, I use Pocket, along with a Chrome app called Spritz (and an Android app on my phone called SpeedRead with Spritz) to read them more quickly.
But I have a separate bullet journal for my personal life as well. I use that one mostly for planning my week, setting goals, tracking progress toward goals, and doing weekly, monthly and quarterly reviews of how the different areas of my life are going and whether I’m on the path I want to be on or if I need to change something at each of those regular milestones. It’s kind of my own version of Darren Hardy’s “Living Your Best Year Ever” system, but again tailored for my own needs. I also use that one to keep a simple food log of what I eat each day, and to track whether or not I keep up on habits I’m trying to develop.
It kind of seems like a lot now that I’ve written it all down, but it’s really pretty simple and works great for me!