How I Use Evernote to Stay Organized and Why You Should Too

EvernoteEvernote has become a centralized part of my life. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Evernote is an app available for your computer, smartphone or tablet (also available through a browser) that allows you to organize notes and remember things. Notes can include text, pictures and even PDFs.

How I Use Evernote

As an IT Director, I use Evernote heavily while at work. I snap pictures of serial numbers for products I purchase for employees, I keep track of contact information and I write down details from support phone calls (names of people I speak to and case numbers, etc…) among other things. It’s also great for documenting frequent problems and fixes.

To me, Evernote’s killer feature is the ability to index and search text within photos. Let’s say I need to remember something that was written on a whiteboard during a meeting a month ago. The whiteboard was probably erased long ago, but if I took I picture of it in Evernote I now have access to what I need.

Another great feature I love about Evernote is the syncing of information between multiple devices. If I type up a note using the Evernote software on my MacBook Pro it’s on my iPad and iPhone when I need it a few moments later. Likewise, if I snap a picture with my iPhone while I’m on the go using Evernote’s iPhone app, it’s conveniently waiting for me on my computer when I’m back in the office.

Evernote has some great extensions as well (available through Evernote Trunk) that add to it’s already impressive feature list. Among my favorites are the browser add-on that lets you easily clip articles or entire pages while surfing the Net. Another great add-on is the Eye-Fi SD card which can send digital photos directly from your camera to your Evernote account–wirelessly. Evernote can even integrate with the Penultimate iPad app that let’s you sketch and take notes on your tablet.

I’ve personally found Evernote to be so helpful that I am now spreading the word to co-workers in my office. I’ve already hooked a few other employees and am currently testing Evernote’s integration with the LiveScribe Echo Smartpen which lets you save notes you take on paper digitally (and makes the text searchable).

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Evernote

  1. Evernote helps you remember things you might normally forget.
  2. Evernote is accessible just about anywhere (apps, browsers, etc…).
  3. Evernote is affordable (free to use with a premium version available for just $5 a month).
  4. Evernote increases productivity (at least it has for me).
  5. Evernote just keeps getting better thanks to add-ons and integrations with other interesting products.

Hey, I'm Chris—founder and Editor of DailyTekk.com. You can also catch me contributing on ReadWrite. I enjoy checking out the latest and greatest consumer tech. I write about tech that's more ID than IT.

9 Comments

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  • April 4, 2012

    Henry Garcia

    thanks for suggesting an effective planning application !! i really needed that cause i guess iv been forgetting things now due to my old age ! …i will look into it for sure ! thanks again.. and nicely written article btw ! =)

  • May 17, 2012

    Adi Mishra

    I could not agree more. Even though our own app (LifeTopix) supports note taking, I use Evernote for all of my serious notes that I’ll need and cultivate over time (and use our own app mostly for a small jotted note in the context of something (For example, “Liked the pizza here” for a restaurant I track in our own app.). We decided that Evernote is the best note “platform” – and decided to allow access to all items on Evernote from our app to put the notes in the context of trips, projects, education subjects etc. inside our app. Kudos to Evernote for a great vision.
    Adi
    CEO, LightArrow Inc.

    • May 17, 2012

      Adi Mishra

      Another good thing about Evernote in real life – I know folks that use it not just for note taking, but rather as a productivity app (keeping lists of to do’s and checklist items) in a simple and straightforward way. A great solution for people that do not need the stricture of dedicated productivity apps like OmniFocus and LifeTopix.
      Adi
      CEO, LightArrow Inc.

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