I’ve been using Evernote extensively now for the last 3 months, not sure what Evernote is check out my Evernote Review or my guide to Goal tracking with Evernote I have found it a great tool to keep my blogging and work notes together. Here’s a practical run through of the way I integrate using Evernote into my daily work, what I use it for and a tip or two from having bumped my head before..
There are a few main categories of stuff that I capture using Evernote:
- Writing Ideas are easily captured using Evernote, due to the many mobile capture methods
- Blog post Outlines can easily be worked out using Evernote for easy capture and the ease of organizing using Evernote
- Blog posts or articles can be written offline and easily saved using Evernote this is an excellent way to safeguard against technical failures which could devour your carefully chosen words.
- Blog posts which I’ve read and would like to keep as reference material for future projects are easily captured, stored and indexed using Evernote
- Screen shots are a dream to work with using Evernote, Evernote treats image notes like any other note due to the great OCR implementation
- HTML code which I use for formatting my blogs and posts are easily kept safe and accessible from any location using Evernote
- Adsense – I find it useful to capture backups of all my active adsense code in Evernote, that way I don’t have to trawl through the google interface when I delete a code as I so often do.
- Offline Comments – I’m constantly using Evernote to capture comments offline when I’m reading my RSS feeds via my offline reader.
Post Ideas, Outlines and Offline Posts
This is where using Evernote makes most sense to me in my day to day life, you can capture information so easily and from so many devices. I primarily use my old battered Nokia N81 for these tasks. Post Ideas, I tend to just pop onto the Evernote WAP site, jump to the appropriate Evernote notebook and capture away. This is great for unplanned blocks of free time, when you’re waiting for the dentist or your flights been delayed. Over and above this using the Evernote WAP site allows you to leverage your more creative and possibly less time connected to the internet.
Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea? Have you ever plugged in your laptop and typed it? Nope me neither and pen and paper has the disadvantage of requiring you to go put the light on. The Evernote WAP site allows you to very quickly login and capture and be back to sleep before you know it. Evernote Wap works just as effectively in the bathroom, I’m not going into anymore detail than that … Use it for quick outlines, grabbing post ideas or even putting down that opening paragraph that just flashed through your head and gave you goosebumps.
When you bookmark the Evernote Wap site bookmark the version without thumbnails, I find the site gets ridiculously unwieldy when you’ve built up a nice collection of notes and have to scroll past a ton of thumbnails.
To create an an Evernote bookmark without the default thumbnail view:
- Scroll to the bottom of the Evernote welcome screen
- Select settings
- Uncheck Display thumbnails
- Exit settings
- Bookmark the Evernote WAP site
Posts I’d like to keep as Reference material and Screen shots
I’ve stopped bookmarking sites in my browser so long ago I don’t’ think I even remember how to do it. I read most of my content via RSS feeds which gives me the advantage of being able to access up to date information offline. Bookmarks don’t quite work the same way and to keep an extensive collection of bookmarks becomes tedious. With Evernote I just grab the section of text or the entire article I want and presto
- it’s in Evernote and I can view it from any computer with an internet connection and I can view it offline from the Evernote application once it’s synced.
- I can search Evernote and it will bring back results based on the title of the notes as well as the content. Which allows one to get at the meat and potatoes of the content that much easier, With this setup one can very quickly build up a large collection of resources with searchable content.
Need information on personal development? Search personal development on Evernote and all the reference articles you’ve save with personal development in it pop up and you can quote, reference etc to your hearts content. Even better Evernote searches your saved Screen shots as well. Yes you heard me right. So if I take a screenshot of a quotation for example, if the screenshot has the word quotation on it, if I search for quotation, the screenshot will come back in the search results. For this purpose I tend to only use the full Evernote website and the Evernote application. Screen shots can only be taken directly into Evernote using the Evernote application.
These are snippets of frquently used code which are location independant. I used to use Google notebook for this but I keep my post layout templates and tracking code on Evernote This allows me to quickly push out a post with basic formatting and tracking wherever I am that has the internet. Failing that it allows me to write posts offline and add the relevant HTML prior to posting. This is also useful for Affilliate and adsense code which you may use often.
I find myself using Evernote for this more and more often, as I stated earlier I do most of my blog reading via RSS and quite a bit of that is offline. Using the Evernote application I am able to keep make comments on these offline posts and keep them somewhere that will definitely be available when next you go on-line. The most effective way of doing this is using the WAP site as it updates Evernote immediately using the application can become problematic as it won’t be online until the computer you’ve used is online again. Capturing on Evernote Wap gives the advantage of your information being immediately available on-line.
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