Today I want to share with you my favorite and most used tool: Evernote, the king of note taking. With Evernote you can store text, audio recordings, pictures and many different kinds of files in one place making sure you can remember and re-find information! And the best thing about is is that it is for free!
You can download the Evernote software from evernote.com. Evernote is available for Mac and Windows, as well as many portable devices, including iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry devices and Windows Mobile phones. Once installed, you are ready to start!
This is a screen shot of my Evernote:
In the column in the middle you can see the lists of all notes I have created. On the left hand side you can see the list of tags I have created. A note can contain different tags which makes it easier to re-find the information you are looking for. You can use the search function on the upper right side of the page. On the right hand side you see all the information I gathered on a particular note.
I use Evernote for:
- Working out ideas/projects. I create a separate note for every idea/project and gather links, information from websites etc, action points under that note.
- To do lists
- Backup (e.g. of my blogposts)
- Things I want to remember
- Things I maybe want to examine in future
- Grocery lists
- You can access it from every computer, laptop, smartphone etc. and it will synchronize the information.
- You can save pictures and Evernote will recognize the text: e.g. form a label of a great bottle of wine you want to remember or from business cards. This will allow you to search in your files for a certain contact person rather than having to go through piles of business cards.
- If you tend to forget where you have parked your car, you can take a picture with your smarthphone from your car, upload it to Evernote and it will navigate you to your car.
- You can take voice recordings while driving.
- You can easily capture the content of any website with the help of Webclipper. For Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari you need to download webclipper from the Evernote site. If you use Internet Explorer for Windows webclipper will be installed automatically once you download Evernote. The little elephant head is the webclipper icon and if you click on it it will capture the content (text, pictures, links etc.) from the website in question to Evernote.
Hope I could convince you about this great tool if you are not using it yet. Believe me, Evernote will really turn your life easier and more efficient! Try it out and find out yourself!