One of my favorite organizational tools is a free program called Evernote. It’s simple, powerful and free. Here’s why I use it on a daily basis.
- When I see an good blog post, read an article I want to save, or come across anything I want to save, it goes into Evernote.
- All of my notes are synced across my iPhone, iPad, an app on my computer and a website accessible from anywhere.
- The search feature is powerful – it searches inside PDFs and recognizes handwriting. I can find stuff fast from any device.
- When I’ve got a dry erase board full of meeting notes, I simply snap a picture with my phone and email it directly to Evernote.
- You can tag things and put them in notebooks (like folders). I have notebooks for blog ideas, blog posts, meeting notes, personal files and sermon stories.
- I use a document scanner to scan bills, statements and artwork from my kids and save it all in that home folder.
- I actually pay $5 a month for the premium version which allows me to store PDFs, Word document and other files.
- I use a keyboard shortcut on the web to paste stuff into Evernote all the time.
- I created an Evernote email address, so I can forward articles, emails, pictures or anything into Evernote from my email program. Super easy.
- Once a week, I go through everything I clipped to add tags and put in the proper folders. It’s a great time to review what I clipped.
Brett Kelly has written an unofficial guide to Evernote and it’s fantastic. I highly recommend that you download this eBook and go through it. It’s well-worth your time and it will help you make the most of Evernote.