Never Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

evernote-logoNever 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.

A screenshot of my Evernote in action
A screenshot of my Evernote in action

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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14 thoughts on “Never Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs”

  1. Awesome man. I just signed up and I am going to faithfully try it out. I have been looking for a good one of these note things online. Thanks. It’s at the top of my firefox tabs


  2. This sounds like an awesome resource! I need something like this to remember all those random ideas I have. And since I’ve never heard about it.. I’m glad to have a new resource… thanks Ken 🙂

  3. @Dave: It’s great that the program syncs online, hope it works for you!

    @Karen: Yea, Evernote works great for catching those random ideas. You can always get back to it and sort it out at a later time.

    @Walter: I’ve been using it for a few months now. It’s been good!

  4. Thanks for sharing Ken. I didn’t know there’s an application for saving idea this handy. God has answered my prayer in the form of a Wasabi Burger post 🙂

  5. Thanks for writing this up man. I’ve used Evernote before but never quite figured out how to make productive use of it. But, this actually helps. I’ll download it again and try it out.

    1. @Srinivas:
      It’s also my second time trying out Evernote. For some reason, the first time I tried it, I didn’t feel like it was useful for me. But after using it for a several months on my second try, it’s been my main notation source, especially during work hours.

  6. @Karlil: You should check it out and see if it works for you. If you need to have your notes sync with different computers, or you like being able to check your notes on the Internet, you’ll love it.

  7. I use Evernote on occasion but I still haven’t integrated it with the way I work.

    I still cut and paste quotes into a Google Doc. I use this same document to formulate and write blog posts. That way my ideas and writing are always in the same place.

    I have heard many recommendations for Evernote but I still don’t get it.

    1. @John: The first time I tried Evernote, I used it for a day or two and that was it. Then after a few months, I tried it out again to find out how useful it was for me. I have many computers I work on, one at work, one for the road and one for home, so the sync capability of Evernote comes in very handy. It’s great to jot down notes and ideas for business and blog posts.
      I feel that the interface on Evernote is a bit chunky, although the Mac version is slightly better.
      I may have a screen cast of how I use Evernote in the future.

  8. This sounds pretty good. I also like the voice to text service. It is amazing when you are on the go, which is when I get most of my ideas. You have a number to call and when you get an idea and leave a message. They automatically transcribe it for you and send the text in an email. It also works with google calender. I could go on and on about all the different features. Check it out.

    1. @Elliott: Thanks for the comment! I’ve also heard about jott. Does this service work with any type of phone?

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