Evernote is a multi-platform application that is built for note taking and many other activities. You make notes, save files and do other related tasks. You find it on the Web, on your phone (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry or on your computer – PC or Mac) The basic version of Evernote is free and just about everything you put into it is indexed and searchable. Evernote’s slogan is “Remember Everything.” (Watch a quick introduction video here).
I have used Evernote for about 3 1/2 years. I have 1261 notes. To give you a better idea of what you can do with Evernote, below are some of the ways I use Evernote to be productive:
1. Making notes. Notes about clients, about cases, about doctors appointments etc. . . I make the note on whatever device is handy (computer, tablet, phone) and then it syncs across all my devices. It is just “there” when I need it without having to think about it.
2. To Do Lists. Evernote is my primary to-do list maker. To spruce things up a bit, I use the check-box images to create items that I can actually “check-off” as I complete them. The nifty thing is I can add to the “to do” list as things come to my mind, regardless of where I am.
3. Remembering items with photos. I take pictures of products, potential gifts, groceries and the like that want to remember. I put them into Evernote where I can label them, index and then have pictures with me all the time. Particularly, I have taken pictures of the items my family wants for Christmas and saved them in Evernote so I don’t forget.
4. Health Records. I try to take a picture on my phone of all my medical records, prescriptions and doctors notes and put them into Evernote so that everything is in one place, in order.
5. Drafting documents. I do most of the first drafts of letters, pleadings, memos, blog posts and just about anything else that needs to written in Evernote. The word processing capabilities of the service are improving on both the desktop client and mobile. When I get close to final on the documents, I usually email them to legal assistant or copy them into Word. Composing on Evernote means that I have access to my documents at every stage and in all places.
6. Collecting Research. I use Evernote to gather and organize legal research that I find in my primarily legal-research based software. I email and copy and paste the results into Evernote and create notes that track everything from multiple sources. In addition to legal research, this works well for simply researching a product or service you are thinking of purchasing. Evernote has plugins for most browsers that allow you to send web pages and links directly to it.
7. Remembering where I parked. It sounds silly, but sometimes when I park in a large garage, I can’t recall which spot on which floor I left my car. To remedy this problem, I take a photo of the floor and space and save it in Evernote.
8. Organizing travel details. When we travel, we usually have hotel reservations, plane reservations, sometimes rental car reservations and often info on things we want to do or see. I collect of this information in Evernote, create a notebook for it and then create notes for each activity.
9. Organizing Documents. For some things on which I am working, I will put documents (usually PDF) into Evernote to create a notebook of documents need at a deposition, drafting a pleading or simply talking with a client.
10. Bible Study Notes. I attend Bible Study Fellowship weekly and I make notes on the lecture in Evernote, tag all them “BSF” and then everything is in once place as I ponder things.
11. Interviewing People. When I interview people as witnesses in a case, I usually take notes directly into Evernote on a tablet (the iPad 2) or I take handwritten notes then take photos of the notes and load them into Evernote. In any event, I have all my notes for each person and each case organized by tags and in a notebook. When I need one, regardless of where I am, it is easy to find.
12. Saving articles. Although there are many other ways to do it (Google Reader, Instapaper to name a couple), I will often send the page containing articles I am interested in to Evernote so I can find them and read them later.
13. Grocery List. While I can think of many items I need at the store, by the time I arrive there, I can only remember a few. I solve that problem by making a list in Evernote, wherever I am and then the list is with me at the store (through my phone).
14. Audio Note. Evernote allows you to make short audio notes using your phone or computer and you can organize them the same way as any other note. If need to need to get a few things down quickly after a meeting, I can record an audio and save it in Evernote.
What are some of the ways that you use Evernote to be more productive?