For anyone who spends a significant amount of time using a computer to make a living, managing large amounts of information is key to being productive. The average person just cannot manage such large amounts of data so we use an old school tool called a notebook and made it digital. A DIGITAL NOTEBOOK! It functions that same as a notebook but it’s for your digital life. So here is a brief intro to Evernote and some resources I use to learn how to make the most out of this productive, time-tested tool.
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. Use it to save favorite webpages, do research or even to collaborate on projects. It’s your Digital Notebook so use it just like you would a real one.
Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms (including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS) and also offers online synchronisation and backup services.
Sharable Online Notebooks
In the past I have used Bookmarks in my browser to keep track of key websites, RSS Readers to manage all the new blog posts from blogs I’m following in real-time, lots and lots of folders in Gmail to manage the info being received over email but I’m finding that my most useful tool is my Evernote notebook. Public sharable notebooks can be really helpful. Just like real notebooks, you can pass your notes along, share notes or collaborate on projects with the same notebook. I’ve pinned a public notebook to my menu as an example which you can also find here… they’re some of my – Social Media Notes
The Evernote Blog
I follow the Evernote blog via RSS and twitter. If your ever stuck on how to use Evernote you’re never really alone. Evernote is in the habit of introducing new tools (Apps) and tips that will help you get the most out of Evernote and they put it all on their blog. As with most tech companies, Evernote maintains an active blogging presence so I highly recommend the follow to help you learn how to use your digital notebook.
So those are my simple Evernote tips. I highly recommend the Evernote app for your desktop. You can use the web version but I prefer using the Mac App, iPad and iPhone app versions. I also have the premium version which offers so much more functionality including the ability to share notebooks, collaborate and much larger uploads.
If you’re looking for business tips, Evernote also has a business blog which is also a great read.