Flying through the air at 30,000 feet, I found myself perusing the Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine when I saw a very interesting blurb about a film I’d like to see. One week later, I couldn’t remember the name of it. Evernote came to the rescue and bailed me out again.
It seems that the world is spinning faster and faster with each day. We have more to remember, more things to do and less time to get them done. At these times I find myself forgetting more and accomplishing less. To combat this problem, I’ve found Evernote. With Evernote, you’ll never forget a thing.
I downloaded Evernote for the first time a few years ago. At first brush it seemed cluttered and busy. It seemed difficult to use, so I didn’t. Until one day I found Brett Kelly’s book, “Evernote Essentials“. I loved the book so much I’ve placed a link to it on the right sidebar of my site. That space is reserved for my absolute favorite products and services, so you know it’s a good book.
I have used Evernote probably every day since downloading and reading Evernote Essentials. Just today I used it to:
– Remember the address for a meeting
– Remember the name of a book a guy told me about on the plane
– Hold all my travel confirmation numbers
– Made sure the correct stone was delivered to my new house
– I even used it to remind me to write this post
Evernote’s possibilities for remembering things are seemingly endless.
Integration – You can download Evernote to all your devices. It syncs your thoughts across all platforms. I have it on my Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and PC.
Capture Ideas – You can take a picture of something, record a voice memo, or type in notes.
Clipper – The Evernote web clipper is reason enough to download the software. The last five minutes before I go to bed, I stumble upon a killer post by my favorite blogger Tim Ferriss. I don’t have time to read it so with one click I copy the entire post into Evernote. The clipper automatically takes out the ads and nonsense leavings me with just the post. It instantly copies the title of the post and the URL. The next morning, I pull it up on my iPad while having my morning coffee.
Notebooks – Keep yourself organized by saving data into notebooks. I currently have 17 notebooks ranging from Book Notes to Wines. The wine folder contains labels of both wines I’ve enjoyed and the black list of wines I’ll never drink again. The largest Notebook, containing more than 300 entries, is my General Notebook. This notebook holds all of my random thoughts and ideas organized by Tags.
Tags – You can organize your thoughts by tags. I have one for example called Wish List. Whenever I see something I want to purchase later, I take a picture and tag it with “Wish List”. I saved the cover of the book ‚ “How To Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed” by Ray Kurzweil in less than 10 seconds while running to the Thomas the Train section of a Barnes and Noble with my 2 year old son. Weeks later, I was in Barnes and Noble again. I pulled out my iPhone, hit the wish list tag, and bought the book.
Search – Evernote turns everything into searchable text. My Fujitsu SmartScan SI3000 scans directly into Evernote. After advising a startup on their wire-frame for their new site, I decided that I needed to make a few changes. I quickly scribbled the new wire-frame on an engineering pad and scanned it into Evernote. I dropped it in their shared notebook and texted the guys. They got onto our shared folder and downloaded it. Evernote is an invaluable tool for creatives.
I could go on and on about how much Evernote has saved my behind. Rather than make this a 10,000 word post, I just wrote my other reasons into my Blog folder on Evernote with the post idea tag. I promise, I won’t forget.
What could you accomplish if you never forgot a thing again thanks to Evernote?