Evernote is one of my favorite tools. I clip and save notes from any device and they are accessible on all of my devices. Evernote is powerful and Evernote is free. You can download it here. And I highly recommend this unofficial users guide from Brett Kelly.
Here are five new ways I’m using Evernote.
1. Sermon Illustrations
Whenever I see something or read something, I put into a notebook called sermon illustrations. If I scribble the sermon illustration down in my notebook, I snap a picture and send it to Evernote. I add tags so I can search for illustrations on grace, parenting, books of the Bible, etc. The search feature in Evernote is POWERFUL.
2. Saved Questions, Feedback and Complaints
Whenever someone emails our company a question, I do my best to answer it. But I also sent it to an Evernote folder so we can have a record of what’s being asked. It’s so easy to do this, because Evernote gives me a unique email address. All I have to do is BCC that address with my reply and I have it.
3. Blog Ideas and Blog Posts
I have a folder inside Evernote with blog post ideas. Whenever I think of something deserving a blog post, I just create a new item. This folder currently has 207 items in it. Whether I’m on my computer or my phone, I can put an idea in here so quickly. Sometimes, I send myself an audio note (the Evernote app does this) with a blog idea.
And after I write the post, I just move it to a Blog Post folder. All of my completed posts are archived and searchable there. I’ve got 343 completed blog posts and it keeps growing.
4. Personal documents
One of the best decisions we made was to purchase a little Doxie scanner for the home. We can everything and send it directly to Evernote. Important home papers, bills and receipts, and even drawings my kids make at school. We scan it all and send it to a personal folder inside Evernote. Since my wife and I share that folder, we’ve got all our home documents in an easily searchable folder.
5. Save Everything
I have a folder called “Notes” that has more than 1,000 items in it. These are blog posts, web clippings, articles, pictures and all kinds of other information. Anytime I see something I want to save, I send it to Evernote. I created a default folder called !Inbox and everything goes there…once a week I process all the notes, tag them and send them to the NOTES folder. It takes me just a few minutes.
Whether it’s a keyboard shortcut or a unique email address, it’s easy to get things into Evernote. And the tool is FREE (I do pay $5 a month for the premium version). Get this EXCELLENT eBook – the unofficial users guide – and start using Evernote right away.