How many times have you been somewhere and had a great idea pop into your head only to find that you didn’t have anything to write it on? Or, maybe worse yet, you have a bunch of doodles “filed” in a shoebox, but you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for when you’re looking for it?
There is a one word solution to this problem… Evernote. Evernote is multi-platform, note taking, and archiving software that runs on just about any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Evernote allows you to keep research, notes (both written and voice notes), links, images, screen shots, and a lot more in the cloud and readily accessible via all of your devices. I use Evernote to archive all of my blog posts and book research as well as any random bits of inspiration that pop into my head from time to time (many of which are recorded in Evernote using my iPhone 6s Plus). There’s also a great text editor that I’ve used to write blog posts, which I am then able to share with my proofreader directly from Evernote. This is a sweet feature!!
In addition to all of the great features of the core Evernote product, there are quite a few very cool apps in the Evernote Apps Center that extend the usefulness of Evernote. For example, there is Feedly Pro that allows you to save articles from websites directly into Evernote. This is very handy if you’re doing research for a project and want to store it in Evernote for easy access later. Then there’s HulloMail, Smart Voicemail that lets you read, play, search, manage, and save your voicemail directly into Evernote. And there’s Voila (for Mac) that lets you take screenshots from your computer, tablet, or phone and mark it up with text, arrows, circles, and the like and save it to Evernote.
Pricing is another bonus of Evernote with a free basic account that provides a lot of the features you’ll want. If that’s not enough, the Plus level is just $24.99 per year, and the Premium level is $49.99 per year.
I admit that moving from handwritten notes and my Mule Skin (as I’ve been known to call my Moleskine) was tough at first, but once I got really busy creating tons of notes, ideas, and research for my blog and book projects, Evernote has been a lifesaver. I can’t imagine working without it anymore.
Good luck getting organized and NO, this isn’t a paid endorsement of Evernote, I’m just a huge fan of the product.
Thanks for reading.