I don't. Oh sure I used to years ago, but I learned that I couldn't trust it and Lord knows I could never find it when I needed it. My own truth is this... if I don't capture a thought, an idea, a task or appointment it's as if it doesn't exist. Maybe that sounds silly to you but I don't see the point in wasting valuable head space and my amazing brain thingy keeping track of things. Heck, a thirty-eight cent pencil and paper can do that. I'd rather keep my mental bandwidth free for important things like creativity, problem-solving, and coming up with great new ways to use basil.
To that end, I've made Evernote my mental notebook and over the next several weeks I'll be sharing with you a whole bunch of ways to use it so you too can free up YOUR amazing brain thingy!
I can't tell you how many times I've mentioned Evernote in passing and the reaction from colleagues and clients is something like, "Oh yeah I've heard of that but I've never used it" or "I downloaded that a while back but I don't know what to do with it" or "Oh Evernote used to date my sister but they broke up last year."
Ok, maybe nobody ever said that last thing.
But it does seem as if there are lots of people who have heard of Evernote but aren't quite sure what to do with it. I get it. It's like having an entire amusement park to yourself and all day to hang out. What do you do first? Cotton candy? Roller coasters? Carousel? Log flume?? OH THERE ARE SO MANY CHOICES!!
To keep things simple and high level this week, I'll begin by saying that Evernote really is like a mental notebook in the cloud. Think of it as your own personal search engine. Except instead of searching the entire Internet, you're only searching information you've saved because presumably something about it warranted saving.
The structure of Evernote's information management comprises notebooks, notes, and tags. That's it!
Think of a NOTEBOOK as a physical notebook. Spiral or three-ring doesn't matter. It's a big container for storing information.
Think of a NOTE as a page within a notebook. Again, pretty simple. You can have an empty notebook in Evernote just like you can in real life. As soon as you start writing on the pages of a physical notebook, you've made a note. In Evernote, as soon as you add ANYTHING to a notebook, you've made a note. Tags we'll cover later.
As for what kind of notes you can create, Evernote accepts information in pretty much every format except vapor. And liquid. Outside of that, you should be good to go.
You like to free-form type text directly into the Evernote app? Go for it!
Snap a pic of a hand-written page? Go for it!
Digital images? Drag 'em over.
Digital documents? Drag 'em over.
PDFs? Drag 'em over.
Spreadsheets? Drag 'em over.
Videos? Drag 'em over.
Audio notes? Record away!
Evernote's ability to accept virtually any format of information is in itself one of the features that makes Evernote such a powerful tool. It's like a giant cyber-bucket where you save anything and everything that's even remotely important to you.
And that friends, is a good stopping place for today. Next post we'll discuss the all important topic of HOW THE HECK DO I FIND MY STUFF once it's in Evernote and what to keep there?
Good questions. Stay tuned!
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