Gini Dietrich

Using Evernote for Better Time Management

By: Gini Dietrich | March 8, 2011 | 
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A few months ago,  Danny BrownFrank Dickinson, and I had a comments conversation on Danny’s blog about Evernote. I said I love it; they both couldn’t understand why.

Frank asked me if I’d write a guest post on why I love the tool. Yes, it’s taken me a few months to get to it. Oy. But I’m here now!

This first ran on Frank’s blog and caught the attention of Evernote themselves. They asked me a few questions about how I use the tool, so I’m going to tell you why I love the tool, but I’ve added a few extra things.

I love journals. I used to negotiate getting a journal scientists use when I got a promotion (they’re really expensive) or when I got a new job. I have every business journal and every Franklin Planner I’ve ever written – tasks, ideas, brainstorms, new business meetings, everything. I write it all down.

I also use my journals to create my to-do list. I draw a little box in the margin and that tells me it’s a task and not just a note. Then I get to go through my journal and check off the boxes as I finish the task. There is such great pleasure in that check mark!

But the one problem with a journal is I have to carry it everywhere with me.

Enter Evernote. I have it on my laptop, iPad, and iPhone (it’s available for every smart phone and both Mac and PC). And I take notes, create my to-do lists, create presentations, jot down ideas, capture a photo or image, and save files.

It syncs through the cloud (I love the cloud) and it’s available on any device I have in front of me at the time.

On your way to a meeting and you forgot your journal? No problem! It’s on your phone in Evernote!

On a flight and you realize your client folder is sitting on your desk? No problem! It’s on your laptop in Evernote!

Took notes at a new business meeting and lost your phone (it happens in Chicago cabs a lot)? No problem! It’s on Evernote!

Sold yet?

You can also clip articles and blog posts from the web and save in Evernote. It’s your journal, camera, audio notes, to-do list, and Delicious accounts all in one.

All you have to do is download it, create a user name and password, and get to work. If you get in the habit of using it (instead of letting it just sit there), you’ll never miss an idea, note, or task again.

What it does not do well (so don’t try to use it this way) is to catch up on your reading. If you’re a link clicker (cough, Kary Delaria) and have several tabs open during the day, use Instapaper to save them for later. Another tool that’s on the cloud so you can use it from anywhere.

And, if you have an iPad, use Reeder for your RSS feeds. This tool has made me extremely efficient in keeping up with all the blogs I subscribe to and read.

Evernote is not great for RSS feeds or saving links to read later, but it is super efficient for note taking, journal writing, taking photos (I use it when I am relegated to the trainer and want to enter my stats in Training Peaks later), creating to-do lists, and never carrying around another notebook again.

Do you use Evernote? Are there ways you use it that aren’t mentioned here?

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • TMNinja

    Gini,

    Good stuff! And you know I love Evernote!

    One of the most forgotten/overlooked uses of Evernote is snapshots!

    I take pictures of anything that needs to be remembered down the road. Product names. Store hours (for small shops that may not have a website.) Whatever.

    And many people don’t know that Evernote has special text recognition for pictures. It will identify words in the pictures and make the text searchable. Love it!

    Craig

  • I am a big fan of Evernote as well. Did you know, you can also encrypt private information you store inside of it? Highlight any text you would like to encrypt, right click and select “Encrypt selected text”. You will be prompted to enter your own passphrase to decrypt the text. Just don’t lose your key.

  • Gini,

    You know how much I cling to my To Do lists. I like the feel of the paper and pen. Will this transition be difficult for me? Is there the same satisfaction of checking off a completed item when done electronically as when I demonstrate my dominance over a task by forcefully striking through it in my planner? Is there a period of withdrawal from paper pads? Will I need to go into a detox center to get over it? I need answers, Gini, and I’m scared. But courage is the ability to act in the face of fear, so download Evernote, I will. Feedback to follow.

    Jamey

  • KarenARocks

    Gini,

    I too have a hot and heavy relationship with Evernote. I am no longer a “paper pigeon” by leaving little pieces of paper around me (even did a blog post about it). Aside from work purposes and keeping client info on that bad boy, I use it for meal planning, keeping a list of books I have read (and want to read), and around Christmas time I keep a list of presents I need to buy (and love how I can share the list w/hubby on his Evernote).

  • Hi Gini.. another use for Evernote? I don’t know, maybe for when you go to a PR event at Arment Dietri and decide you want to take a few notes? 🙂 Yup… that’s what I was doing on my smart phone.

    You didn’t think I was texting… did you!? 🙂

  • Hi Gini.. another use for Evernote? I don’t know, maybe when you go to a PR event at Arment Dietrich and decide you want to take a few notes? 🙂 Yup… that’s what I was doing on my smart phone.

    You didn’t think I was texting… did you!? 🙂

    –Tony Gnau

  • zanarama

    I am a big Evernote fan too. I read Scott Belsky’s book, Making Ideas Happen, and used his system of Action, Reference and Backburner to organize my Evernote files. So if I get an idea that I want to do, like a blog post, it goes in Evernote under Backburner. An article that I know I’ll refer to time and time again? It goes in Reference. Something that needs to be done goes in Action.

    I also just shared a notebook for the first time. It was one I created for SXSW. Loved being able to easily send a batch of links to a group.

  • I haven’t tried but I’m sold now…I’ll let you know how it goes @ginidietrich 😉

  • I haven’t tried but I’m sold now…I’ll let you know how it goes @ginidietrich 😉

  • blfarris

    Gini:

    I’m 3 months into my Evernote journey and I’m LOVING it. Why?

    1. It’s my to-do list (I have 5 lists, today, tomorrow, later, Saturday and waiting for) Always on my phone, I never forget them.

    2. I keep my meeting notes in there. So easy to do, always searchable. I don’t use my computer when I’m with a client, I use a pen and paper for that, but then I’ll either type them in (if they’re short) or scan them in to keep them all together. No more paper, hooray!

    3. It’s my reference files. Clip a web page, or store a PDF, snap a picture of a store, or book I want to remember. It’s all there, and super searchable.

    If you are new to Evernote the “Evernote Essentials” ebook is worth the price (google it, I don’t have the link).

    I think you inspired me to create my own blog post on the topic…

    Brad

  • FocusedWords

    Love, love, love Evernote. I use it for:

    1. Keeping reference material for future blog posts. Especially when it’s statistics that I won’t remember any other way.

    2. Things to do. Love @blfarris 5 list idea. Hope you don’t mind if I adopt it.

    3. Notes. I used to always have little scraps of paper here and there with notes on them. Now I just have lots of files with the notes. Best part, I can consolidate notes that are related.

    4. Ideas for future implementation. When the brainstorm hits, write it down. It gets it out of the brain for the short term but is there when you want to explore further.

    5. Links that I use frequently and don’t want to bother remembering. My brain file overloaded before I realized that I don’t have to remember everything. Now I work on remembering the important things and making a note of everything else.

    When I boot up in the morning, it is the first tab I set up and it is the last tab to be closed out. Can’t say enough about Evernote.

  • mylifestylemax

    I absolutely love Evernote, since discovering it a few weeks ago, I know longer use Delicious as my Tags where getting way out of hand. I could never find anything anyway. Evernote is helping to keep me organised, captured information I want to go back to, and its all in one handy place. One of the best free online tools, I have ever come across. I see why so many people go crazy about it

  • ginidietrich

    @mylifestylemax So you tag everything in Evernote? I haven’t played with that feature. Can you share the links, like you can in Delicious?

  • ginidietrich

    @FocusedWords Your brain file overloaded before you realized you don’t have to remember everything?! LOL!! The best part of your comment is saying that it’s the first tab you open every day. Brilliant!

  • ginidietrich

    @blfarris Why not Sunday?? 🙂 Wait. I didn’t know you can scan notes into Evernote. Is that what you do??

  • ginidietrich

    @rachaelseda Do let me know. I think you’ll love it!

  • ginidietrich

    @zanarama I think the Scott Belsky system is really smart. I’m going to steal that, too! And the idea that you can share a notebook? Love, love, love!

  • ginidietrich

    @T60Productions WHAT?! I thought you WERE texting me. I’m so sad now.

  • FocusedWords

    @ginidietrich @mylifestylemax It’s like having the absolute best file clerk in the land!!!

  • ginidietrich

    @KarenARocks I laughed at “paper pigeon.” Unfortunately, I still do that, but the comments on this post are making me realize, as much as I use the tool, I still don’t use it to the full effect.

  • ginidietrich

    @JamesDBurrell2 It’s OK, Jamey. Baby steps. Just like you had “download evernote ” on your to-do list so you can check it off (yay!). So keep doing that until you feel utterly ridiculous.

  • ginidietrich

    @RachelBaker I did NOT know this! Thank you for the tip!!

  • ginidietrich

    @TMNinja I always take pictures of the screen when I work out so I can enter in my coach’s calendar later. I should have taken a picture of a car in front of me last night because I wanted to remember the URL on his bumper sticker. But I was driving.

  • FocusedWords

    @ginidietrich You should have seen the smoke!!

  • blfarris

    @ginidietrich Yes, I either scan notes with my ScanSnap (you have one of those, right? It’s the bomb) or a take a picture with GeniusScan on my iPhone). Both go right into Evernote and their OCR engine will make the notes scannable (if they can read my writing).

    I try not to work on Sunday (even errands and stuff) it’s my totally down/hang with family day.

  • @ginidietrich evernote It has been a monumentally productive day. I “wrote down” Download Evernote in my planner. Then, once I had downloaded it to my Mac, I made a “note” in Evernote to download it to my iPhone, and once that was completed, I deleted the note. Ah. Satisfaction indeed.

  • blfarris

    @ginidietrich @TMNinja I keep a picture of my license plate so that I can remember the number. I also keep my Drivers License number (encrypted link Rachel Baker says) so that I can remember that too!

  • mylifestylemax

    @ginidietrich @mylifestylemax Not as far as I’m aware, not publicly share anyway. But the email tool they have is excellent, and you can easily share, clips, links, videos even with anyone in your address book or whose address you add, it’s super fast

  • ginidietrich

    @mylifestylemax I like this. I’m going to try something. I’ll let you know if it works.

  • thegraytuna

    Thanks Gini for this introduction, and for helping me “stumbling upon” Evernote! I’ve just started using Evernote but I’m quite excited about its possible uses. For me as a student, Everynote can be a great tool for storing ideas, photos and text (in the cloud of course). Since I switch working places daily between my school and my home, a single place for storage can make my life a bit easier!

    I bet there are quite a few more uses, and that you guys at Arment Dietrich could do great stuff with Evernote!

  • thegraytuna

    Thanks Gini for this introduction, and for helping me “stumbling upon” Evernote! I’ve just started using Evernote but I’m quite excited about its possible uses. For me as a student, Everynote can be a great tool for storing ideas, photos and text (in the cloud of course). Since I switch working places daily between my school and my home, a single place for storage can make my life a bit easier!

    I bet there are quite a few more uses, and that you guys at Arment Dietrich could do great stuff with Evernote!

  • tlbrisson

    I love Evernote! It has saved my life as a coach, business person, PhD student and person. I set up GTD style so that I use the Stacked Notebooks to set one up for each of my Areas of Responsibility and then projects within each. I do it a little different, but took the general idea from this blogger in my GTD LinkedIn Group: http://hanamidesign.com/blog/evernote-gtd-setup/

    The text in photo recognition is the best. When I am walking around NYC, I take pics of flyers and bus schedules and then they are stored as reference material. I also take pics of recipes in magazines rather than ripping the paper out.

    I also used a shared and coded notebook of 90 web-clipped articles and PDFs. to write a white paper with a colleague and intern. I couldn’t have imagined doing it so easily without a tool like Evernote.

    I didn’t see a lot of mentions of the desktop client in the comments. I’ve used on Mac an PC and they are great.

  • Careful Gini, keep this up and you make just be causing this guy to get rid of all his paper notes lying around the place 😉

    This was great though, as I’ve been reading more and more about Evernote and I guess it’s about time I started listening.

    Thanks, as always!

    Marcus

  • rontoledo

    @Marcus_Sheridan Hi this is Ron from Evernote. Been peeking in on the comments and the great discussion. Not sure if all of you know of Evernote’s image recognition. If you prefer paper, you can scan it or snap a picture of it and easily add it to Evernote. Once you add it we’ll automatically index the image and make it fully searcahble. That means we’ll find any text within the image, even handwriting. http://evernote.tumblr.com/post/1043240537/did-you-know-evernote-can-recognize-words-in

  • lisagerber

    I especially love the picture feature. For example, we drove around all day researching real estate in a city we weren’t familiar with (without a realtor) and took pictures of all the property signs that interested us. Then we just went back in and visited all the websites later.

    Ok, and then – say you’re somewhere out in the woods and all of a sudden that brilliant idea hits for the client. Quick, take a voice memo!! (and file it under brilliance of course)

  • tlbrisson

    @lisagerber How could I have forgot to mention the voice memos? They are so great!

  • lisagerber

    @tlbrisson i feel so important, like Darren in Bewitched. dictating a memo! i have no idea how i came up with Darren in bewitched btw.

  • lisagerber

    @blfarris @ginidietrich OMG, i am so excited I’m getting ScanSnap right now.

  • ginidietrich

    @lisagerber I want to see this brilliance folder of yours! I demand to see it!

  • ginidietrich

    @donpower! Check out how @livefyre works on @spinsucks (that’s a lot of handles!)

  • ginidietrich

    @lisagerber I want to show @donpower how tagging works in a comment.

  • ginidietrich

    Testing the new @livefyre functionality

  • ginidietrich

    @donpower Check out how the @livefyre tagging works!

  • Hey Gini, just tweeted to you. We just disabled the mention feature for a few minutes while we make an update. It’ll be back in a sec! Sorry!

  • ginidietrich

    @jkretch Ah! OK…I’ll be patient.

  • lisagerber

    @ginidietrich its encrypted. thanks to @rachelbaker

  • ginidietrich

    @lisagerber LMAO! Enter that key! I wanna see it!

  • ginidietrich

    @Marcus_Sheridan Did you see you can take pictures of your notes?! OMG!

  • ginidietrich

    @rontoledo Thanks for the awesome tip!!

  • ginidietrich

    @tlbrisson I love the ways you’ve described how you use the tool. I’m learning so much!

  • ginidietrich

    @thegraytuna Gray Tuna! How are you?!?!

  • BobReed

    Evernote is the forever note… or until you decide to delete it. I’ve been using this gem for the last four months and am finding additional uses. The latest iteration is even easier and the iPhone app is cleaner and more intuitive. At a client dinner last Thursday, we were discussing the merits of the wine we bought. I liked it so much that I just snapped a picture of the label. No scribbling, no bits of flotsam. Just easy.

  • johnkdavis

    @tlbrisson @lisagerber I added Text2Note today so all recording will automatically have the first 30 words transcribed which makes the recording searchable.

  • deanholmes

    Gini – love this discussion. Another way I use Evernote is with Google Alerts for searches on topics i don’t have time to read and auto-forward through gmail as a rule to Evernote.
    This allows me to capture new info, stats, white papers, etc… I need later without having to do anything until I need to look for it on Evernote.

    It’s a very efficient use of several tools to do one thing. Love the blog!

    @deanholmes

  • bravefrog

    @blfarris @ginidietrich @TMNinja I’m a big fan of Evernote too, and I use it every day in so many ways, but I prefer to keep personal information (such as Drivers Licence number) in 1Password, a Mac/PC/iPhone/Android app that’s specifically designed for storing private information securely. See here:

    http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password/whats_new

  • Hey ginidietrich I’m just showing donpower the mention feature in Livefyre. Sorry to mess up your beautiful comment stream with a demo 🙂

  • dominique.dejonghe.profile

    Interesting view on how to use Evernote. Most interesting for Evernote power use is the Evernote Essentials eBook. Have a look here: http://goo.gl/AUb8b (affiliate link)

  • DavidAPhillips

    So to the ‘experienced’ Evernote users (no reference to your age, just the amount of time you’ve been using Evernote :), do you create a new notebookfor each day for every day notes and a different notebook if you are taking notes from a special event or project meeting?

    Thanks!

  • ginidietrich

    @DavidAPhillips Who’re you calling old?! 🙂 I actually don’t create a new notebook each day. I do it by topic (i.e. client, meeting, Arment Dietrich business, Spin Sucks, etc.).

  • ginidietrich

    @dominique.dejonghe.profile Thanks for the link! I was looking for that earlier.

  • ginidietrich

    @deanholmes SHUT. UP. That is brilliant! I never even thought to create the rule to send to Evernote. I’m going to do that for SmartBrief, too. Thanks!!

  • ginidietrich

    @BobReed Are you going to Vegas? We’ll all be sitting at dinner, on our phones, in Evernote.

  • ginidietrich

    @jkretch donpower Demo away! I wanted Don to see it, too!

  • ginidietrich

    @lisagerber Did you unecrypt it?!?

  • DavidAPhillips

    @ginidietrich @DavidAPhillips ok, so you basically just create a new heading within the notebook and just keep rolling? Now if you were going to a strategy session, would you just tag is somehow? I’m just trying to figure out how best to jump in, I’m sure most of this will be clear once I use if for a week…thanks young lady 🙂

  • dominique.dejonghe.profile

    @ginidietrich @dominique.dejonghe.profile You’re welcome! It is indeed a very good tips and tricks eBook. All credits to Brett Kelly for that! http://goo.gl/AUb8b

  • deanholmes

    @ginidietrich @deanholmes This can be done for many things. I like Google Alerts for this, set-it-and-forget-it-till-you-need-it type approach.

    Key is to setup things like… Client Brand Monitoring (Research is a part of what we do in Social Media) where this can capture missed areas during the research in forums, groups, etc,… that may not be caught by the big monitoring services.

    I love it for Infographics (within each topic or keyword you want to track), Stats (Most today are pumping out content with Stats to drive Virality of their messages and blog posts).

    Brilliant – thank you, creative maybe, efficient no doubt. I smell a new Blog Post that takes all of these Tips, creates a Top 25 List and gets you mad traffic 🙂

  • BobReed

    @ginidietrich I’ll be there and tricked out with all these tips I’m learning.

  • tlbrisson

    @DavidAPhillips @ginidietrich I created a notebook called !nbox (the ! makes sure it is always the first notebook listed) where I store all my notes and web clippings. Then, every few days to once a week (depending on what I’m working on), I process my notes and move them to the notebook that makes sense (project based ino, to do, reference, someday/maybe etc.) and add any tags that will help me find it later. We haven’t talked that much about tags yet here, but they are also wonderful.

  • ginidietrich

    @DavidAPhillips Yeah – you can totally tag it. So, depending on what works for you, you could just create a new heading and then tag it (which is what I do) or create a new notebook. You can download it for free (you don’t have to buy the premium service) so check it out and play around with it!

  • ginidietrich

    @deanholmes Funny! I was thinking the same thing! Great minds…

  • deanholmes

    @ginidietrich Great minds…. also one more tip for the kitty here.

    Use @myEN on tweets to send directly to your Evernote account. This is very helpful for links in the stream, case studies, etc… More here: http://blog.evernote.com/2009/04/14/evernote_twitter/

    I also use Twitter as a search and collect tool, RSS feed (Google Reader again) and rules to send away to Evernote. Twitter is such a valuable aggregation of crowdsourced content.

    You at SXSW this weekend? Me 3/11-3/14 if anyone wants to talk.

  • nino.walker

    @jkretch How’d your demo go?

  • feliciahudson

    I’ve heard much about Evernote, but use ToDoMatrix and IdeaMatrix for Blackberry (there is also an iPhone app). http://www.rexwireless.com/ideamatrix_blackberry/index.html

    I keep my to-do lists on ToDo Matrix and my notes, files, etc. on IdeaMatrix. What I like about both is that you can save e-mails to either, create files for each, organize by context (things to do at computer, phone, when running errands, etc.) and prioritize (and reprioritize) with a grab and drag feature. It can also be securely backed up and accessed online from wherever you are, in addition to your phone. It does not, however, allow you to upload photos–at least I don’t think it does.

    I was really into David Allen’s Getting Things Done (OK, my version where I take what I can from the book while continuing my own bad habits) and found this to be the most adaptable.

    I’ll have to check into Evernote. Thanks for the tips Gini and all!

  • WSI4Marketing

    I also love Evernote. I use it to save receipts for online purchases. I have save clippings from web sites and I use for taking all my notes. I can access and search on any of this info from any devices. I agree, if you haven’t year tried it you should.

  • WSI4Marketing

    @DavidAPhillips @ginidietrich David, I save a lot of web clippings. I use notebooks according to topics and add tags also. For receipts I save them to the appropriate credit card notebook. I keep notes and put them in notebooks according to client or project.

    Another great feature of evernote is it records when a note was created and when it was last modified making it easy to view or search for note chronologically.

  • the_doti

    Hi Gini,

    I would love to know if there was a way to upload the photos and images from Evernote to my blog (blogspot) directly. Right now I’m keeping everything on my desktop before publishing it to my blog (and after) and don’t want to have to go to my back up drive in case I need to reference something, or lose the space on my computer. If I start to build a blog post by saving images, etc. to Evernote, I then have to save everything to my desktop before I can upload it to my site. It would be great this was possible! Tell me what you know…

    Thanks-

  • KaryD

    I am a a big link clicker w/ tons of open tabs and I LOVE these tools. I actually do use Evernote to save web sites (it has kind of replaced bookmarking for me, and I’m not totally sure why I’ve gravitated to this instead.) I absolutely LOVE having the Elephant trunk in my browser window to just plop tings in there. I agree, though, for the “read later” stuff, Instapaper is a life-saver.

    I am so loving the fabulous comments here because I know that I’m not using Evernote to its fullest potential. Thank you, Gini, for starting this awesome conversation!

  • weszt

    @tlbrisson

  • weszt

    @tlbrisson Thanks for sharing the link to my site, tlbrisson!

    I’d be interested to hear how you’re using Evernote a bit different than what I posted… I’ve also revised my approach as of late to something easier to scan and to work a bit better with how I’ve setup and use Things for Mac. Lately I’ve been using Evernote for mood boards and maintaining notes for projects in Things (since it doesn’t do detailed notes really).

    Like Gini, I also use Instapaper and I have both that and Evernote on my desktop and iPhone.

    Great post, by the way, Gini!

  • tlbrisson

    @weszt I would love to connect- reorganizing my folders after I read your blog post CHANGED my worklife. My email is tracy [at] oppsproject.com

  • akrde

    “On a flight and you realize your client folder is sitting on your desk? No problem! It’s on your laptop in Evernote!”

    How about data privacy concerns when synching sensible client data to Evernote, most notably when your client does not know about it?

  • ginidietrich

    @akrde Oh I never put client data on it. Only my notes: Brainstorms, ideas, meeting/conference call notes, and tasks. Sure they’re client-related, but it’s not like it’s their financial numbers or their marketing plans.

  • ginidietrich

    @KaryD I’m still trying to segue from Instapaper. I still like it better for reading stuff later than Evernote. But if I can make the switch and we find a way to migrate Reeder, we’ll be golden!

  • ginidietrich

    @the_doti Shoot. I don’t know Blogspot very well. I know there is a function within Evernote that allows you to email to a blog, but I only know how it works with WordPress (you have to install a plugin).

  • ginidietrich

    @WSI4Marketing It’s so fun to see you visiting the blog this week!

  • ginidietrich

    @feliciahudson You still have a BlackBerry?! Gasp! 🙂 You’re the third or fourth person here to mention David Allen’s book. I’ll have to check it out.

  • ginidietrich

    @deanholmes I wish I were going to SXSW. I feel like the only person on earth who won’t be there.

  • feliciahudson

    LOL! Yes–I still have a BB! Thank you very much! 😉 I have a good reason. I just returned to Chicago from Madison, WI where AT&T service sucked (I’m on Verizon)! Otherwise, I would have bought an iPhone. Now that iPhone is FINALLY on Verizon, I’m eyeing Droids. 🙂 And, yes, Allen’s book is very useful. Thanks for this post on Evernote. I’m looking into it.@ginidietrich

  • 4thGear

    @lisagerber Lisa… What are you doing “somewhere out in the woods”?

  • 4thGear

    One of my favorite features is that you can search for the blank checkboxes that I use to put todo items in my notes. It let’s me know immediately if i have any undone tasks from notes I took during client meetings. Just put “todo:false” in the search field and all of your unchecked boxes show up

  • 4thGear

    Not sure why it posted my search term as a link its just – todo:false

  • ginidietrich

    @4thGear Oh Randy! I love you for this! I’m going to try it out right now. Thanks for the tip!!

  • DrVinceRoberts

    Gini, I was looking for something like this as I tried to keep all my excel and word notes, pictures and todo lists together. I read this post a week ago, got Evernote on my htc evo and laptop and all i can say is WOW! this program IS an extension of my brain, but way more organized. The encryption feature is perfect for me as I use patient info and bank account numbers.

    Love it. Thanks!

  • DrVinceRoberts

    Gini, I was looking for something like this as I tried to keep all my excel and word notes, pictures and todo lists together. I read this post a week ago, got Evernote on my htc evo and laptop and all i can say is WOW! this program IS an extension of my brain, but way more organized. The encryption feature is perfect for me as I use patient info and bank account numbers.

    Love it. Thanks!

  • DrVinceRoberts

    Gini, I was looking for something like this as I tried to keep all my excel and word notes, pictures and todo lists together. I read this post a week ago, got Evernote on my htc evo and laptop and all i can say is WOW! this program IS an extension of my brain, but way more organized. The encryption feature is perfect for me as I use patient info and bank account numbers.

    Love it. Thanks!

  • DrVinceRoberts

    Gini, I was looking for something like this as I tried to keep all my excel and word notes, pictures and todo lists together. I read this post a week ago, got Evernote on my htc evo and laptop and after only a week, all i can say is WOW! this program IS an extension of my brain, but way more organized. Would like to add that the encryption feature is perfect for me as I use patient info and bank account numbers.

    Love it. Thanks!

  • ginidietrich

    @DrVinceRoberts Oh cool! You can use encryption for private stuff. So smart!

  • allisonralston

    That’s interesting that you don’t think Evernote does a good job as a link reader and saver, I love it for this. Anytime I see an article that I think I’ll need later, I use the web clipper to save it in the Evernote! Now, anytime I need to find a solution to a problem, I search Evernote before Google! I love it!

  • KaryD

    @allisonralston I do the same thing…in fact, it has replaced most of my bookmarking. Clip, tag, save. Perfecto!

  • allisonralston

    @KaryD Ditto! I used to use delicious, but I am all about consolidating the number of services I use. It doesn’t get any easier than evernote!

  • tlbrisson

    @allisonralston @KaryD I look at all the information I grab off the web through a GTD (David Allen’s Getting Things Done) lens. If I want to read something, I clip it though Evernote and then I “process” it- read and decide if it’s something I want to keep for another purpose, especially if it has text that I will search when working on a project or an answer I might need. If so, I store it in an Evernote “reference” notebook. If it’s an interesting article that I’d want to make public to my coaching clients and others who visit my website, I store it in a public library on Diigo and tag it (career advice, productivity, etc.). I moved to Diigo when there was talk about Yahoo selling Delicious. I like having both Evernote and Diigo. You can make Evernote notebooks public, but they’re a little clumsier than a service like Diigo.

  • KaryD

    @tlbrisson GTD has long been on my list to…get done. Still haven’t read it. 🙂 That’s a great system. Thanks for the Diigo tip, too. I’ll have to look into that.

  • akrde

    Instapaper has a new feature now: When you add your Evernote account to your Instapaper settings, then all liked Instapaper items are sent to your Evernote automatically. Cool, eh?

  • akrde

    Instapaper has a new cool feature now: When you add your Evernote account in your Instapaper settings, then all liked Instapaper items are sent to your Evernote automatically. Cool, eh?

  • ginidietrich

    @akrde SUPER cool! I just added my account info. Thanks for the tip!

  • ginidietrich

    @KaryD @tlbrisson So now when you save in Instapaper, it automatically saves to Evernote (thanks @akrde )!

  • KaryD

    @ginidietrich @tlbrisson @akrde It’s a beautiful thing. Beau. Ti. Ful.

  • akrde

    @ginidietrich Seems as it is not cool enough at the moment, because Instapapers “Send to Evernote” feature is a bit unstable (not all items sent to Evernote appear in my Evernote database) and the original url of the website gets lost.

  • ginidietrich

    @akrde Yeah, I noticed that too so I’m still using both.

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