Do you type faster than you write? Do you ever wish there was a place to save research from the web for your current project (or images for an upcoming haircut)? Evernote is a terrific tool for taking notes, keeping to-do lists, and saving images and articles from social sites. It's a free app (although there are paid Plus or Premium options for more enhancements) and it's not new. In fact, it has been around for years. Within the Apple app store, Evernote is listed as number eight under all of the FREE apps (behind other well-known apps like Facebook) and it's one of the six featured at the top within the productivity category of the app store.
In case you are not familiar with why you should be using it, here are some
top reasons to include Evernote within your daily routine:
It's available on multiple devices: desktop/laptop, iPad, phone. You can have access to your notes everywhere - which comes in handy when you get stopped in the hall and need to know something and you've left your notebook at your desk. Most likely, you have your phone in your hand - so simply reference your notes in Evernote. You sync the notes made in Evernote - and voila! - they are on ALL of your devices. If you need enhanced security - there is a passcode lock option with the paid features.
You need better organization for the amount of notes that life throws at you. Evernote provides a couple of useful ways to organize all of those tidbits of information - you
can create notebooks by subject, topic, and project and save notes within those notebooks AND you can add labels (known as "tags") for your notes. It's easy to move notes from notebook to notebook, and the tags make it easier to search for specific information. You create your tag words and notebook names for the most personalized experience. BTW, when you create a note in Evernote, it is automatically dated. When a note's content is updated, a modified date appears.
If you use a to-do list, it's SO easy to maintain within Evernote. Create a to-do list that works best for your day - organized by highest to lowest priority of tasks, or by your meeting schedule, or by your projects vs. personal life stuff. THEN, tomorrow (instead of having to rewrite the tasks you need to do every day or tasks you haven't completed yet)
- duplicate that same to-do list note and simply build a fresh list for each day. With this tool, it takes VERY little time to set your priorities for your day. So many enjoy the satisfaction of checking the box when a task is completed - and Evernote definitely provides those check boxes.
Ever see a quote that just motivates you and sets your professional heart on fire?
Now you have a place to keep those quotes so you can revisit them when you need
a little extra oomph for your day. Save an article from Twitter directly into Evernote so you can read it in full later. You can literally use Evernote like a life scrapbook. Yes, it's
great for keeping working notes, project lists, and research - but it's also great for
holding recipes, storing outfit inspiration pictures, and writing a personal journal.
You can share notes with others. Some paid versions allow users to share and make edits to notes within notebooks - which works great for all types of businesses.
You can also make a simple table within Evernote.
You can save emails into Evernote as well.
These are just a few reasons, but there are more. It's a great tool and if you aren't using it - give it a try. It's a neat way to keep your information and it's very easy to use.