Never Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs
Just like anyone else, I’m sure that you’ve lost a few great ideas along the way because you didn’t have a way to record the idea when it came up. Moleskine® are great to carry around town, but when I’m in front of a computer at work and a flow of ideas come rushing, I need a good method to catch it. In the past, when my ideas came up, I would rush to write it down on a piece of paper, or type it up in a text document to save it for later, but I never ended up using the notes. I’d tried emailing it to myself and keeping the hand written notes, but it didn’t work out for me because I didn’t get into the habit of looking back at my notes.
This is when I found Evernote.
What is Evernote?
Taken directly from Evernote’s website,”Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.” Simply put, Evernote is an application that allows you to take notes in many forms. (Text, images, video, audio) But the biggest selling point for me was the automatic syncing that allowed me to access the same notes on any computer I used.
Here are some ways I’ve been using Evernote:
A repository of my ideas: Evernote serves as my main idea repository when I’m on my computer at work or at home. I just keep Evernote minimized and when an idea comes alive, I immediately throw it into Evernote for review at a later time. Since Evernote syncs seamlessly between my computers, I always have all my notes on every computer I use even when I don’t have access to the Internet. Notes can also be accessed through a web browser by going to Evernote’s homepage. (I also have a notepad I use for note-taking when I’m in a writing mood or away from the computer. I always make sure to retype notes into Evernote.)
Keeping track of large projects: Using Evernote’s notebook feature, I’m able to keep track of blog projects and other work that require a lot of steps to complete. Create a notebook and within that notebook, make a new note for each idea or chapter and start writing. Evernote also has a ‘tag’ feature that allows you to tag your notes with keywords for easy searching.
Taking book notes: I like taking notes while reading, (a side effect of having to read too many textbooks) so I tend to jot down important points on a notebook. When I finish noting the points I want to remember, I type the notes into Evernote later so I can easily look back on the major points without having to reread the whole book. I also keep a booklist of the books I’d like to read so I can knock them out one by one.
Webpage clippings: Evernote has a Firefox/Safari browser add-on that allows for easy one-click saving of webpages that you want to keep. I don’t use this feature too often because the web clipping frequently looks off. It may be something Evernote is working on, so I’ll give it another try in the next revision.
Easy to use and its free!: Did I mention that there’s a free version of Evernote? All you have to do is register and download the program. If you don’t want to install anything on your computer, or if your work computer doesn’t allow you access to install programs onto your computer, just use the web version. The web version has more to be desired in terms of aesthetics, it works well and I use it when I’m on a public computer. The free version gives you 40MB of uploads a month and if you want to upgrade to more, it’s $5 a month for 500MB of uploads.
Despite the fact that I feel Evernote’s application needs to be slimmed down aesthetically, the convenience of being able to access and sync notes across different computers is worth checking out.
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