computers, software

Adventures with Evernote

It took me awhile to grasp the power of Evernote. When our Alpha Geek, Doug, first recommended it to me, I tried it out but it did not do much for me. it was not until I started using my iPad as my primary mobile computing device that I truly discovered Evernote’s value. Thanks to Evernote enthusiast and former chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers Michael Hyatt, I have learned how to leverage this little piece of the cloud for maximum efficiency.

Here are just a few of the things about Evernote that make my life easier.

  • You can input as much or as little as you need to. This Sunday, I got caught entering a todo list item during the announcements. The elder giving the announcements finished while I was mid-item. It was embarrassing to have to finish entering my todo item as I went to the platform to preach. At the same time, Evernote is invaluable for entering even the smallest snippet of information.
  • This probably goes without saying, but Evernote keeps all of my notes in one place. They are organized by any number of different schemes so I can always find what I need when I need it. Best of all, I can mark the notes as a favorite, and it is available even if I am not online. (Well, it would be if I paid $5 per month.)
  • There are Evernote add-ins for most of my browsers. I use Firefox on my MacBook Pro and iCab Mobile on my iPad. Both have Evernote add-ins that allow me to clip a website to Evernote with just one tap. That means that rather than fitting with word processors or trying to jot down information with pen and paper, I can clip it to Evernote and it is done. The same goes goes anything people email me.

There really is no end to the possibilities with Evernote. I use it for almost everything from weddings to sermon preparation. Word and Pages have effectively become publishing tools for me, and all of my text goes into Evernote.

While there are a lot of apps I use on my iPad (it is the best tool I have invested in outside of my computer and car), Evernote is quickly become my constant companion. I will talk about my other favorite app, Dropbox, another time.

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