Evernote: Get organised with the notebook 4.0
Every day, we are confronted with literally millions of impressions. But how do we cope with all these shreds of information? How are we able to sort through them, collect them and keep them in order? Those are some of the questions that I’ve been asking myself for as long as I can think. The best solution I came across so far: Evernote.
Evernote helps you deal with complexity
The most valuable aspect, in my opinion, is that you can group together snippets of information in various notebooks. Take my situation as an example: In my job, I’m working on various big projects simultaneously. I also study Content Strategy at FH Joanneum part-time and I have to find a way to build a pool of information around the topic as well as cover ground for various litte projects and etivities (virtual exercises). In addition, I have a couple of research intensive hobbies. For instance, I like to travel and it’s important to me to collect recommendations, new offers and ideas that I’ve seen somewhere around the web.
Evernote makes all this easy. It helps you collect, organise and categorise all aspects of your life. At one central location. Aside from adding the new piece of information to various notebooks, there are additional features that make it even easier to retrieve the information afterwards: You can categorise it by attaching one or more tags and by including a short note. Another handy feature: Everything in Evernote is searchable.
Therefore it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will be quite easy for you to retrieve the information you are looking for.
What Evernote can do
When you are browsing the web, you have the option to save articles (with our without formating), whole pages, bookmarks or customised screenshots. But that’s not all. You can also create notes from scratch — with a full set of formatting options and additional features.
Some of the nicest aspects: You can create To-Do-Lists with checkboxes, set reminders and so much more. And after you are done you can decide whether you want to keep the information to yourself or share it with colleagues, friends or family.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure that there are still plenty of features still waiting for me to be discovered.
Right there with you — everywhere, anytime
We’ve established now that Evernote can do a lot. But what makes it so valuable is that you can access the information from everywhere. I have it synchronised on various devices — so I can add or retrieve information wherever I am.
I still have my traditional notebooks. But I add the pages that I feel are really valuable to my Evernote collection — which means I open them up to all the features that are traditionally available in Evernote. I can therefore be sure that no piece of information will overlooked. All that by simply taking a photo of my offline notes.
My experience so far
I’ve been using Evernote now for about a month — and it’s become a most-valuable daily companion. Evernote is like bookmarks on steroids. It’s an easy and fast way for me to get organised. And it is a way to connect my physical and virtual notes.
I no longer have to fear that I’m going to forget a specific piece of content or that something I’ve read could be lost in the vastness of the web.
Now it’s your turn. What are your experiences with Evernote? Are you a satisfied user as well? Or do you maybe even have recommendations for tools that you feel work even better?