One of my most indispensable digital tools is Evernote.
What is Evernote? Here’s the description from their website, Evernote.com:
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes everything accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Use Evernote to capture your ideas, snapshots, voice memos, things you see online, and just about anything else that you want to remember.
Their slogan is “Remember Everything.”
And that’s exactly what Evernote does.
Practical Uses of Evernote
A question I get asked frequently is this: How do you use Evernote in real life on a daily basis?
- As client service/transactional record: This is one of my favorite Evernote uses: keeping a chronological record of documents, phone calls, client notes, etc. and just about anything else that relates to a specific real estate transaction (I’m in the real estate game). I do this by setting up a specific “Notebook” (that’s the term Evernote uses to describe what is essentially a folder) with the name of the client and the street name, e.g. “Smith | Wall Street.” I then put anything and everything that relates to that transaction in that Notebook.
- As sharing vehicle: Evernote is awesome for sharing information with someone else. Continuing the prior point, I share my transactional records with my clients. All you do is click on a specific Notebook, select “Share Notebook” and follow the easy instructions from there.
- As web clipper/bookmarker: Evernote has a “browser add-on” that you can add to your browser of choice that allows you to click and save any webpage (or specific section of content from within a webpage) into a Notebook. This is really slick, I do this constantly, and this has become my de facto bookmarking method. You can download the add-ons here:
- As voice note recorder: Evernote even allows for the recording of voice notes! I walk my dog a lot, and I use this feature frequently to make notes to myself that, knowing me, I would otherwise forget.
- As idea incubator: I am constantly working on and developing new ideas. Evernote is ideal for cobbling together concepts, projects and ideas over a period of time because it’s so easy to go back to a Note and work on it, whether it’s for a few hours or just a few seconds. It’s like having every thought you’ve ever had at your fingertips, immediately searchable and findable, all the time.
- As note pad: Evernote is great for jotting down a random thought or something that you simply just don’t want to forget. I use it for grocery lists, random thoughts that don’t fit elsewhere and just about anything else where you’d normally use pen and paper.
There are many other uses of Evernote; these are just a few of my favorites.
Give it a chance! I’ll bet you’ll end up loving it as much as I do!
Here’s a cool little video I got from Evernote.com:
Evernote just came out with an upgraded version for the iPhone. Here’s a video that explains the new features: