Organizing My Life
Although I try to organize as much of my stuff on my laptop as I can I still find I have notes and ideas scattered over several folders. When I am feeling retro I have a moleskin notebook that I jot down ideas, thoughts, to do lists and comments that make me laugh. It’s a great accomplishment to write stuff down but it can be hit and miss trying to find things afterwards. I have found a great software called Evernote that allows one to keep ideas, photos, web sites and any other sundry information in one area. The concept is that you create individual subjects or notebooks. In these notebooks you store any pertinent material there. To search for information you assign common tags to the note and search by the tags. There is an iPhone and Blackberry app as well that syncs seamlessly with the desktop version. Using the software you can take a photo or voice message with your smartphone and it files the item in the notebook you choose.
Right now I have a note called blog ideas. Anytime I have an inspired thought I jot down the idea either on my laptop or iPhone. I parked my car at the airport last week. Instead of writing down my location on a scrap piece of paper I took a photo of the location. When I returned I pulled up the photo and went to my truck. Likewise while driving it is not a good idea to write a note but with this application I can create a voice note and have it filed appropriately. Another useful tool is the ability to drag websites or highlighted text in a document to a new note. A great feature is that it is a free software. You can upgrade to a premium version if you require more storage space but the basic free version allows you 40 MB per month which is adequate for my needs.
Check it out at Evernote.com
72 comments
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