I've mentioned Evernote a lot lately, so I thought I would share why and how I use it - and also give you some great resources to make the most of this awesome free software & app.
I really started using it regularly when I added several new devices to my home office set-up. Namely a Macbook Pro, Apple iPad and Droid mobile device. And of course I still use my two PC computers in the office as well.
The thing I love most about Evernote is that it's cross compatible, and syncs automatically between all my computers and mobile devices!
There are a million uses for Evernote (that might be an overstatement, but I highly doubt it -lol) and everyone uses it differently. I like to keep it simple and uncluttered myself, but I use it all day every day. Even to create my Content and Info Products...
Here are just some of the things I keep in Evernote:
- My Task List
- Business Brainstorming Notes
- Running list of Content Ideas
- Drafts of blog posts, guest posts, etc
- Info Products I'm working on
- Ebooks I'm reading
Why? Because Evernote is the easiest way to have access to all of those things, no matter which computer or device you're using!
That means I can sit down at my desk and work on a report I'm writing. Then I leave to go to a doctor's appointment, and I can open Evernote on my Droid Razr and work on that report some more while I'm in the waiting room. Then when I get home I can grab my laptop and head out to the back deck - and continue working on the report.
No transferring of files, no remembering to save documents, no multiple copies with varying edits. You gotta love it!
Like I said, your "notes" automatically save and sync. I always click the "sync" button when I get up from one computer/device just to be on the safe side - so I can easily pick right back up on any other computer/device.
There is an upgrade option called Evernote Premium which is only $5/month. I upgraded within the first year, because it allowed me to add different document formats (drag and drop PDF files or Word documents into Evernote). It also allows you to share notes - with your Virtual Assistant, for example - and to "work offline."
I don't even use half the awesome features...
Evernote does SO much, and I barely even tap into the full potential of the program.
Like I said, I like to keep mine simple and uncluttered, and basically use it to keep up with ongoing tasks and work projects across multiple devices.
This page has a getting started guide, overview and a video - all of which should prove helpful if you're new to Evernote or not taking advantage of all the cool features.
For some great ideas, tutorials and resources you should check out Lynette Chandler's blog posts & videos on Evernote.
Since everyone uses it differently, I would love to hear how YOU use Evernote.
What are your favorite features, and why?
In my next post, I'll show you how I set up my task list with Evernote. In detail.
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