Every Reason Why Everyone Should Have Evernote
I used to think Evernote was note-taking software, and I was right. On the other hand, I was so wrong. Sure, you can use Evernote to take notes, but there’s so much more to it than that. Evernote is for everyone! I could make a list of all those who this application would benefit, but that would take too long. If you are a human being, you will find Evernote useful. Whether you’re a college student or in the middle of your career, get Evernote. If you have a hobby, it’ll be just as useful. Oh yeah, and it’s free! (There’s a premium version but I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s cheap though if you’re interested.)
Best Features (Not necessarily in order)
1. Store as much as you’d like in the “Cloud,” for free!)
Okay, so Evernote does have a monthly upload limit. This never affects me too much because most of my files are documents, pdfs, and a few pictures. The only time I’ve gotten close to my monthly limit was because I was uploading every document for school for the entire semester. If I notice my limit is going to refresh in a few days, I’ll “binge” upload to make the most of it. This is possible because Evernote does NOT have an overall limit to how much you can store. I know that there’s a note limit of around 100,000 I think but most people (most) will not come close to that. I hope they never charge for storage because this is simply incredible.
I found this out recently but if you open a document from Evernote, edit it, and save it, it will override the previous file and save everywhere. This is much more convenient than uploading every time you want to make changes.
2. Synchronizing between multiple devices
Evernote is available for many devices. There is a desktop version (PC and Mac) as well as apps for Android, iOS, and Windows. You can also log in to any computer and access all your files from the Evernote website.This becomes very helpful for when you need to check something really quick or you have some down time and need to review your notes. This feature goes well will the Evernote Food app which allows you to find recipes and clip them to your Evernote account. This way, you can create a grocery list, have it with you at the store, and then use it when trying a new recipe. It’s very beneficial to always have access to your notes; you never know when you’ll come in handy.
3. Allows you to organize with your own flexibility
Evernote is useful for anybody and everybody. As a soon-to-be senior in college, I am transitioning between professional classes into a career. There are many resources that I have stored in Evernote that I have accumulated over the past four years that would be massively disorganized had I just stored them on a flash drive, or worse, my computer. Everything I have can be dated and tagged. I can easily use Evernote to store important documents I have such as a resume and components I need to build a portfolio. These are specific things I need to organize but I have many other things I need organizing in my life, such as calendars and to-do-lists.
Evernote allows its users to use a hierarchy of organization. Pictures, text, documents, and basically anything can be placed inside a single note. I will use some of my own examples later to better shown you how great Evernote really is. Then, notes can be organized into notebooks which you can label. Finally, multiple notebooks can be clumped together as a "stack." A stack contains multiple notebooks which can contain many notes.
Show not Tell
Above (I hope you find it easy to read), I have posted a picture of one of my more involved notes. Notes can be more than one type of media. For example, it can have thumbnails, or icons, text, pictures, I began this note with text, getting my responsibilities down during a meeting. I also have a word document for the notes taken during the meeting. The rest of the note has pdfs, links, and more documents of lesson plans (I'm an education major). Some of them are what I created, others are things I inserted from online, using the Evernote Web Clipper, which I will explain later.
This note was basically everything I accumulated over the course of this large project and helped me keep everything I had done in one place. Even better, I had it over the cloud. One meeting, I used a computer at the library. One I brought my computer. For one meeting I even just used my phone to reference one of my lesson plans. This turned out to be completely useful and no matter what the meeting, I was always prepared to share my part of the project and add if necessary.
Eventually, my group completed our project. However, that didn't mean I just wanted to scrap the journey I took to complete the task. This note will be with me forever. This project ended up being a 70 page document that I have stored, ready to submit for my portfolio due in a few months. Luckily, Evernote allows me to link all my information together. You are able to link one note to the next. In the photo below, you can see that I have linked my final Genre Study document to the very note that started it. It is encouraging and motivating to see the journey of where your notes can lead you!
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The Search Feature
Without the search feature, Evernote would be nothing. The ability to search tens of thousands of possible notes is incredibly useful. Considering how many notes you WILL end up having, being able to find them with a click of a button will save you the time and stress you might be using, using a flash drive with folders.
Evernote Web Clipper
The Evernote company has other products besides the program itself. As I mentioned before, there is Evernote Food, which is a mobile app that has recipes and ideas you can clip to make for a more interesting meal. There are many others.
The most common one, however, is the Evernote Web Clipper. Sometimes you want to clip more than a url. URLs work well but it's much better to have the actual webpage that will actually link to the website anyway. The Web Clipper is available for chrome and firefox and will sync the page to whatever notebook you'd like. I would personally like to see a feature where I'd be able to attach it to an existing note.
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