EVERNOTE – Top Five Reasons to Evernote Your Life

EVERNOTE: Eliminate clutter. Create a searchable memory. Engage your digital brain.

by Lauren Elrod (Twitter: @laurenelrod)

To recap my first post about Evernote (which you can find here) Evernote is an amazing tool that synchronizes your life realtime on all your digital devices. Add a note to your iPhone Evernote app and it instantly syncs your desktop computer, online website, iPad and other digital devices.

Over the next four days I will highlight the best Evernote features for your desktop, iPhone and iPad. But first, I want to answer the most frequently asked question: Why use Evernote?

HERE ARE MY TOP FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD EVERNOTE YOUR LIFE:

1. Efficiency – By compiling all of your notes-to-self, things to do, places to go, etc. you will always know where to look. Spend less time thinking who? what? when? where? and more time doing, seeing, finding, sharing.

2. Mobility – With Evernote’s wireless sync capability, your notes are at your fingertips no matter where you are.

3. Longevity – If you lose your iPhone, your computer crashes and your iPad is stolen, your notes will remain untouched. Ultimately web-based, Evernote is there for you whether or not you experience a digital all-systems-failure.

4. Search-ability – Not only can you file in notebooks, tag your notes and search by location, Evernote has text-recognition capability for photographs. Say goodbye to your bulging rolodex of business cards – simply snap a picture instead.

5. Functionality – Extremely user-friendly you will find yourself amazed by how simple it is to function within Evernote. By simply pausing a moment to look around and familiarize yourself with the layout, you will find everything necessary to begin “Evernote-ing” your life!

What is your number one reason for using Evernote?

 

*Please Note: all posts having to do with Evernote are based on the free version offered at www.evernote.com or in the app store.

If you like this, I highly recommend you buy EVERNOTE Essentials — A Complete Getting Started Guide for Evernote. Click here to buy and view more details

26 Responses to “EVERNOTE – Top Five Reasons to Evernote Your Life”

  1. The main reason i use evernote is so I have one central place to find what i’m looking for. Used to I would tag on delicious, direct tweet myself, email myself, star on google reader, digg something, stumbleupon something, etc. You get the idea. If I wanted to find something I had to literally search in over 6 different places. Now, everything I want to remember or file goes to evernote. Best of all it is easy to get whatever it is into evernote. AND… just like you said, it is all searchable.

    Thx for the post and I’m hoping to pick up some tips from you.

  2. Lauren, the foundation is efficiency. You’re absolutely right. I would emphasize your point that you can “spend less time thinking who? what? when? where? because it ALL goes to Evernote. I combine Evernote with the principles of David Allen’s GTD. I put everything into one note and then sort it later when I have time to process my thoughts. It has revolutionized my note-taking lifestyle. I worry less b/c I’ve gone to a *trusted* system to store all my thoughts.

    Evernote is literally my most used app across iPad, iPhone, and MBP.

  3. Nice, succinct write up. I’ve been trying to interest my wife in using Evernote. I have been using it for a while. (Thought I admit that I am doing a little compare-contrast with SpringPad to see if there’s any discernible difference.) Just to be clear, Evernote is just great for more than iPhones and iPads. I use an Android device (Droid X) along with an iMac, MBP, as well as Windows-based machines. Though you only mention Apple products, the beauty of Evernote is that it works across all platforms. I’m not pushing an Android agenda here, it just think readers that use other platforms should know it’s not an exclusive to iPhones and iPads.

    • I was just going to say the same thing. I even used Evernote on my crappy old Windows Mobile 6 phone. I’m still waiting for a Windows Phone 7 version and it is one of the two apps that I **really** miss. (The other is Waze)

    • I’ve been doing the comparison thing too. It’s been a little while, but I wrote about some of my experiences here: http://wp.me/poeTz-q9

    • Thanks! I am very interested in comparing / contrasting Evernote with SpringPad – I will definitely have to check it out.

      I’m glad you made the point about Evernote being used across all platforms! Primarily being a Mac user I felt I should speak from what I know for these posts. However, I will continue to recommend Evernote to my non-mac using friends!

      Thanks again!

  4. Nice write-up Lauren. I’ve used Evernote for some time now and use to sync between two Windows machines, my Android phone and an iPad. I encourage you to also check out Springpad, as others have suggested, though my guess is once you get far enough down one path, it might be difficult to switch. I’d be curious to know what you think of it versus Evernote. You can find a few more of my thoughts on some of the differences between the two at my blog. http://wp.me/poeTz-q9

    • Thank you again Jeff! Once I check out SpringPad I will definitely post my own thoughts on the compare/contrast.

  5. I have been using Evernote for the past year and I can honestly say I can’t live without it. Between my family and staff, especially my office manager, we are able to share everything from photos to files. I could not make it without Evernote. Take it from one ADD dentist, this is a must.

    • Ha! That is great! I love hearing new ways people utilize Evernote – Currently I primarily use Evernote personally, but I would love to use it at my office as well!

      Thanks Dr. Kemp!

  6. I love Evernote – 4GB DB, 6K notes, pro user forever – but it’s anything but efficient for anyone who was stupid enough to upgrade to FF4, as EN send everything via the web browser rather than directly to the local DB, and is not exactly rushing to fix it.

    It’s the opposite of efficiency.

    • Hi Mic!

      Can you explain more about how you are dissatisfied with way Firefox 4 and Evernote communicate? I primarily function by using Evernote on my desktop – I rarely login into my account via web browser.

      I am interested to know more about what you have discovered.

      Thanks!

    • Hi Mic!

      Can you explain more about how you are dissatisfied with way Firefox 4 and Evernote communicate? I primarily function by using Evernote on my desktop – I rarely login into my account via web browser.

      I am interested to know more about what you have discovered.

      Thanks!

    • Hi Mic!

      Can you explain more about how you are dissatisfied with way Firefox 4 and Evernote communicate? I primarily function by using Evernote on my desktop – I rarely login into my account via web browser.

      I am interested to know more about what you have discovered.

      Thanks!

    • Hi Mic!

      Can you explain more about how you are dissatisfied with way Firefox 4 and Evernote communicate? I primarily function by using Evernote on my desktop – I rarely login into my account via web browser.

      I am interested to know more about what you have discovered.

      Thanks!

  7. Ok, I have used evernote a bit, so my question is, in the video there was a beautiful check list type to-do of sorts. Where is this? How do find it?

  8. oh wow, my avatar is gone. That’s weird.

  9. That web interface has been revamped, Thank The Lord!

  10. I use Evernote to capture ideas as they come to me – it makes writing and blogging so much easier.

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