How many awesome tips have you read lately and then simply forgot where you saw them? Some great tutorials that would make your life and blogging easier, but you can’t remember which blog posted them?
Several weeks ago I learned about a really cool tool that I am completely in love with. Evernote!
Since I installed Evernote, I became more organized and I am loving it. I am the type of person that will keep bookmarking stuff and then can’t find that one bookmark I need. Well, with Evernote, it is just so much easier.
Download it for free and install it on your computer. I added a Chrome extension so I can clip directly from my browser as well. Register for a free account and you are good to go.
How do I use Evernote?
Well, I mostly use it for blogging of course, but this is a tool you can use for anything and everything and still keep it organized.
Using the Chrome extension I can clip the whole page I am reading or just a part of the text, right there in my browser. I find this very useful if I am reading some tutorials and I need to remember just the code I want to add, for example.
For example, I clip and save a code from a tutorial and I tagged it “wordpress theme” and “css”. The tags are my favorite thing about Evernote and what makes it so great. Besides the fact that this thingy is FREE.
You can save blog tutorials, fitness tips and recipes all in one place and at the same time organize them with tags. Of course, you can add multiple tags to a single item which makes it even better.
Now, of course, Evernote has a premium version which is $5 a month or, if you pay a whole year, you will get it for $45.
Some of the differences between free and premium are:
- Instead of 60 MB a month, you can store 1 GB. Note: if you use it as I do, to keep track of some codes, tutorials and important URLs, I don’t think you will need the premium version. I still don’t.
- Premium version is great if you want to save high res photos and audio notes, for example.
- The max size of a single file in free version is 25 MB while in premium it is 50 MB. I find it hard to believe I can ever save such a big file the way I am using it.
Would I pay for premium version? Most definitely. And if I do reach my limit, I am going to, that is how much I love this tool.
Some really cool options in Evernote are:
- Sending the notes to your friends by e-mail or sharing them on Twitter or Facebook.
- Different way of displaying notes (by title, thumbnail or mixed).
- Different way or arranging them (by URL, author and many more).
- Search feature which makes this tool really useful.
There are many other options and although I have been using Evernote for awhile, I still haven’t discovered them all. I kinda like to use what I need and leave the deep digging when I have extra time.
But I simply had to share this with you, because I am trying to be more organized every day and this is helping a lot.
Let’s say you read a post and you find one single sentence that is giving you a great idea on what to write next for your blog. You can clip that sentence and add a note to it. Write down all the ideas at the same time and you have the hardest part of the post already.
I actually did give my blogging brain a rest with this tool (hence the title). I don’t have to remember where I saw a useful tip, which bookmark folder did I save some tutorial to, or anything else, for that matter.
I can see so many different ways to use this tool. Even if you don’t care about saving parts of text or bookmarking URL’s, you can always clip your favorite recipes and organize them by the type of meat they require :)
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