Evernote ETC by Brooks Duncan Licensed by Creative Commons
“Wait a minute. Who here uses Evernote?” I could feel a wave of indifference. I was on break during a show with a group of 10 other musicians. Most of them had never heard of the application that I use every day. Here’s what you’re missing.
- Notebooks – Consider Evernote a comprehensive digital notebook. Notebooks are your way of organizing groups of notes. Group them by categories that you find useful.
- Notes – Make new notes in each notebook. These can contain text, audio, images or video. You can link emails as well. Evernote also has a browser extension that will save web content.
- Tags – Use these to tag notes together. Helpful when grouping by notebook no longer makes sense.
- Sharing – Any note can be shared with anyone. They do not need to be Evernote users.
- Reminders – Each note has a reminder button on the top right (it looks like an alarm clock). Set it to any time and you’ll receive an email reminder.
Here’s what you can do with them:
- Maintain a digital notebook for each project. For example – I have one notebook entitled “Private Students.” Each student has a note with their name on it. I write down what I assigned and what I need to prepare for their next lesson. I’ll also write down any observations I want to refer to later.
- Follow Up Reminders – Use the reminders function on individual notes to remind yourself of follow ups. Stop forgetting to contact potential clients.
- Brainstorming Lists – I have a note called “Blog Ideas” with 20 potential post topics. I add to it whenever I think of something new. I keep similar lists for “fun ideas”, “stuff to research later” or anything I don’t want to forget.
- Cataloging – See something interesting? Take a photo and save it to a note. Use the mobile version of Evernote to capture it. Organize into the appropriate note or notebook later.
I often hear “Why take notes in the first place? I can just remember everything.”
No you can’t. Every freelancer gets pulled in a thousand directions at once. It’s too easy to forget things. Too easy to get off track. You need activities that pull you back in the right direction. Organizing your activities is too important to be done haphazardly.
“That keeps my drive there, even when you’re taking notes on something that you’ve already taken notes on a million times – keep taking notes.” -Russell Wilson