Evernote, Three Months In

19 Apr

At the beginning of this year I made it a point to get in the habit of using Evernote. I’ve kept reading its praises and since I’m in the world of collecting ideas for future blog posts, it made enough sense to give it a try.


I should say that I’ve previously relied on emailing myself ideas, links, images and other content, filing them away under “read later” or “ideas” in Gmail. This has kinda worked, but I don’t really find myself going through that content often. The idea of a standalone app dedicated to capturing ideas and organizing them at least makes sense to me for that reason. I get the concept, but it’s still taking work to make myself use the program.

Part of the adoption curve for me is having content actually in Evernote. Without many notes to search, there’s not much to draw from, so I can see how some users may get turned off if, say, within a week or two they aren’t reaping tremendous benefit.

But so far for me, it’s been at least good for peace of mind, knowing that all the stuff I’d otherwise be emailing myself is now tagged and easily referenced. In fact, it was the process of going through my notes in Evernote that led to this blog post, so hey… there’s something! I’m interested enough to keep using it, and I’m surely only scratching the surface, given the capabilities some of its power users explore. There will be more to come on this for sure.

What do you think? Do you use Evernote or a similar service? What’s your process for capturing ideas, to-dos or things go investigate later? Let us hear from you in the comments.

2 Responses to “Evernote, Three Months In”

  1. Liti May 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I love Evernote! when someone tells about a good book – the name (of the book and the person) go into Evernote, same for movies, same for places – parks, museums. I also save recipes – clip them right from webpages, and add my notes. Websites i want to remembers. Files i need to read (although Dropbox is better for most files). Login names and passwords for all my frequent flyer and other programs. Information for my kids schools they i tend to forget… Photos of signs, documents, etc. The search is easy and fast. And now they added an option for reminders that makes it a To Do app as well (Ios reminders and Toodledo is what i ussually use). In short, i do not remember life without Evernote.

    • rsmithing May 25, 2013 at 1:09 am #

      Nice! You’re one of those power-users I’ve heard about. I’m still using it for cataloging ideas, but wow, that’s an impressive array of Evernoting, right there.

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