This post is part of a technology series called “What?! You’re not using…?” where I’m sharing ten technology sites/apps that I find to be very helpful – and you might too!
Evernote is an awesome app and incredibly powerful, but I’m still figuring out how best it fits into my workflow. If you want some detailed explanations for how one person is using Evernote, check out Michael Hyatt’s blog posts How To Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency and A Better Filing System for Public Speakers (and Writers). Michael truly is the Evernote master right now, and shares often about his tips & tricks. He just wrote a great post about “How to Get Your Stuff into Evernote.”
Evernote is basically the place where you can keep everything that you want to remember, go back and read more about, keep track of, etc. It’s a system based on filing documents, audio files, photos, etc., by using tags, and so everything is searchable and findable extremely quickly.
I used Evernote extensively a few months back when I was working on some presentations. With the Google Chrome Evernote Browser Extension, I was able to easily (and quickly) “clip” quotes, videos, websites that I found helpful into Evernote, and those were then tagged and saved for me, and accessible via the Desktop App, their online app and my iPhone & iPad.
For those in ministry, it’s an incredibly helpful and handy for keeping sermon ideas, audio files of things that just come to you, photos and texts that you want to include in future sermons and just a really great way of keeping all of that in one place, as opposed to one random long Word document, which is what I used to keep that sort of stuff in. And it’s way more helpful than having everything just filed into a system of folders within folders within folders. Why do that when you can just throw it all into Evernote and have it be searchable and accessible everywhere for you.
There is a lot about Evernote that I’m still learning – and I know I’m not maximizing it to its fullest potential – but it’s still a very handy app that I’ve been getting a lot of use out of. Check it out here.