I feel a bit dorky admitting that I have totally fallen for Evernote. Maybe it’s still the honeymoon, but I sincerely think it may change my life. I like UI and I love the iPhone version of the app. Between Evernote and Things I won’t just get things done, I will get everything done! Today! Before 5:00!
Ok, maybe not.
Much like a good old 3-ring binger, Evernote keeps all of my notes organized in one place, but it is much less heavy to carry around. I am using it to track information for future reference, not so much to-dos or other more action-oriented tidbits. Here’s what I’ve found it useful for, so far:
- clipping web pages I want to visit again sometime but won’t be visiting on a regular basis – like shops with nice things that I will forget about if I don’t make a note
- keeping track of prescription info, so I always have it handy for refills
- keeping a daily journal of what I did, just for fun
- keeping a list of blog ideas/ story ideas, so I will never lack a topic to write about
- writing blog entries in advance (this entry was composed in Evernote and posted later)
- making a list of music to check out
- making a list of apps to check out
- keeping meeting notes all in one place
- keeping weekly project status in one place
- keeping a non-urgent shopping list of things to remember to buy at some point (like an iron!)
- tags, for easily searching notes
- iPhone application so I always have my notes with me, and I can always add them
- accessibility via web or application or phone, all synched automatically
- the basic version is FREE
- besides text, it is possible to record voice notes, photo notes, and web clippings
- it’s easy to make multiple notebooks to keep notes organized
- multiple viewing options
I find it’s always challenging to track the miscellany that wants to be remembered. My brain has gone over capacity, and physical notebooks are somewhat inflexible (not to mention easy to forget and potentially heavy). This seems like it could be a good enhancement to my growing arsenal of productivity tools. The trick is really making good use of a program like this without it becoming another to-do in itself.
Meanwhile, I am using Things for my uber-to-do-list, iCal for scheduling + a Moleskine daily planner for my daily priority list. And things shall be done.