If there were a league of professional Evernote users, I’d be a star quarterback. I write about the brain-organizing service frequently. Most recently it was an article called 10 ways to make Evernote rock harder over at ReadWrite. I’ve said it many times before: I love Evernote and in many ways it keeps my life running. But lately I’ve found some profoundly interesting uses for the service that I think have the ability to make a big impact on other people’s lives.
1. Declutter your physical world
As I was cleaning out the basement and garage the other day I began to wonder why I was hanging on to so much stuff. I realized that a lot of my boxes were filled with sentimental stuff I had not been willing to get rid of over the last several years because there were too many good memories there. But then I realized: I can save the memory of some of this stuff digitally and go ahead and clear up some space.
In order to make this happen I would need to be sure the images taken would be stored as close to indefinitely as I could manage. Immediately Evernote popped into mind. As a pro user I have plenty of storage space and I don’t envision quitting the service ever (I guess that’s where the name comes from). Perfect.
The first item to be digitized before heading to Goodwill? A case of all my old CDs. It’s wasn’t like I was ever going to use them again (as a Spotify user with a MacBook Pro Retina computer sans CD/DVD drive). It took me just a minute or so to snap the covers of all my old CDs and save them to Evernote. It still felt a bit weird getting rid of them… but I’m totally enjoying my awesome, clean, junk-free spaces now. Well worth it. If I ever want to reminisce all I have to do is hit my “throwback” notebook.
This is kind of mind blowing if you think about it: I’m moving junk online where I basically have unlimited shelf space and away from my offline world where I have limited shelf space. But the memories are not lost.
2. Keep your life in perspective
Lately I’ve got a new Evernote habit: tracking the good and bad things that happen in my life. By creating a note (but you ...