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Brett Kelly, author of the Evernote Essentials ebook, has owned the “Evernote help” niche for almost as long as Evernote has been around. His Unofficial Evernote manual, Evernote Essentials is the final word for squeezing all the power you can use out of Evernote. Whether you’re a newbie or an Evernote expert you must own Evernote essentials, because Brett Kelly knows more than you. That’s why the guys over at Evernote gave him a job in 2010. Brett consulted with them while writing Evernote Essentials. The Evernote brains trust were so impressed with the way in which Brett was able to demystify Evernote in Evernote Essentials and make Evernote’s full power available even to newbies who have never used evernote before.

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My Evernote Sucks

I had do my what I can to find the best ways to use Evernote. Lots of people have contacted me trying to convince me that Evernote sucks or that Evernote is only good for bookmarks or Evernote is no good as an offline tool or that Evernote can’t be used for fitness or goal tracking or capturing reciepts or this or that. I don’t really waste my time responding, the guys complaining that Evernote can’t Manage their projects or park their car for them have missed the point completely. Evernote is simply a productivity tool. A very powerful and flexible tool but a tool nonetheless. I can use the butt of a saw to knock in a nail but it’s probably not the best way to do it. If DevonThink or Springpad or remember the milk works better at certain tasks by all means use them for those things you don’t win any extra points for using Evernote for Everything. (though I’m becoming more and more convinced that you can)

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Web ClippingThe Evernote screenshot feature has definitely raced to the top of my list of reasons for using Evernote. The ability to take a screenshot has long been a staple of the business world. As distrustful as the world is there’s always need to prove what we’ve been up too. Now more often than not I want to share a bit of my screen and not the list of tabs I have open.

Before I go on if you’re extra observant you’ll see that all my blog posts are now available for PDF download. (There is a link at the end of each post) In case you’re one of those odd people who like hard copies of things or you’d like to save them in Evernote without having to clip a screenshot. Or having it look like plain text in evernote.

The way it was

Now prior to Evernote gtting a business friendly Screen shot was a multi-step process that just slowed down the process of cranking through the email inbox. Traditionally it would go something like this:

  • hit the Prt-Scr button
  • Ctrl-V in your *image editor
  • Crop your image
  • Save as an image
  • Attach

* I know most of the nice email editors have an image editor for your screen shots and I know the editing can be done in the email editor. The point is it still needs to be done and a lot of people use Gmail so there.

While the Evernote Pc application is running hitting the print screen key will bring up a little undocked window and some crawling ants to be manipulated. Move the ants around until you’ve selected the area of the screen you want to clip and Hey presto you’re done. You now have a clipped screenshot of only the area of the screen you chose.

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So if you’ve gone  through the steps so far for collecting your clutter into Evernote then you’ll already be well on your way toward using Evernote for goal tracking . We started by collecting all our clutter and then we went about capturing it into Evernote. So if we’ve done everything correctly up until now we have a system filled with all the related information pertaining to our goals for the coming year, and we’ve stored it all in a trusted system.

Make a next action list

With all your information stored in one secure place, and your system set up to receive more information as you receive it. You can now start organizing your day to day affairs. Draw up a list of all the projects related to your goals that currently require your attention. So for example, if your goal is to lose weight, your first project might be to research methods of losing weight. What is the next action you have to take to move that project forward? You may make an appointment with a doctor, or spend time on the internet or go to the local bookstore. Whatever you choose, capture that next action into Evernote.

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