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Another application I return to again and again, is Evernote. To start with I used it to collect all notes that once formed a Jackson Pollock around my desk and computer screen. But that’s not the whole story.
I use Evernote as a digital brain. It’s an interactive repository of digital items that otherwise clutter up everyday life. Over the years I’ve managed to rack up over 20,000 ‘notes’ in the app, although this number is less dramatic than it sounds.
Evernote is home for not only my notes, but business cards, documents and receipts. In fact I send most things digital to Evernote. It helps me corral a wealth of information all in one place. What’s more it makes it all searchable. For example, if I can’t remember where I purchased my new calculator: I simply search for ‘calculator’ and the receipt from Staples magically appears!
Evernote keeps all my notes organized. I use folders, tags and group notes together in notebooks. It is a feature rich tool and many guides exist on how to make the most of it. My favourite is from Brett Kelly, but the Evernote website is also very good.
I sometimes wish Evernote had a less cluttered interface. However, having explored many of the alternatives I find I always come back to Evernote. To be fair the interface has improved. If nothing else the pricing is a steal.
In a future post I will talk in more detail about my Evernote setup. For now though, I encourage you to try it out and not get too worried about how you organize things. I’ve used several different approaches over the years and Evernote remains a key component of my paperless office.
But more on that next time!