When I first posted about Evernote last week, I had a feeling it would be a game changer. So far it’s living up to my expectations and has become an indispensable part of my life both for writing and everything else. And I’m not even using it to its full potential, I’m sure.
Not only can I rip articles and blog posts off the web–which saves both the text and the hyperlink–I can create notes and lists, scan photos, save photos from the web, and keep it all organized in notebooks.
Another cool feature: if you add a photo that contains text, Evernote will convert the text so that it’s searchable. Wow!
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek (which I found highly interesting) discusses how he uses Evernote in this blog post. He even uses it in conjunction with Scrivener, much like many of us.
Right now, I’m using Evernote to save articles and notes on story ideas, research, writing craft, and the business side of writing. I also save recipes, a list for things we need to take when we move, lists of books I want to read so that I have them when I’m at the bookstore or library, and a list of gift ideas for upcoming birthdays in the family.
Next, I’m going to set up a notebook that contains my hotel and airline confirmations for all the travel I’m doing this summer.
Since these are synched between my Mac, my iPhone, and the web, I can get to them from anywhere as long as I have phone service or my laptop.
Evernote is like carrying a 3-ring binder for each area of your life, but without the backpack. Best of all, it’s simple to use. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it.
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