I have found a gamechanger, everyone. You know that I mentioned that I’ve enjoyed Getting Things Done by David Allen, but one thing has made it possible to start streamlining my to-do lists more than anything else. That thing… is Evernote.

Evernote is a program I’ve known about for a while now; I once got a boss a very cool notebook that allowed you to write on it, take a picture with your phone of your notes, and automatically convert that writing into typed notes inside Evernote. However, when I installed Evernote on my computer (mind you, years ago!), every note I wrote was erased when I closed the program. Not great for utility.

I started using it again this year, and now that I have a smartphone, I discovered one of the best things Evernote does: it syncs my notes between my computer and my phone. I can only use two devices without paying for the premium edition, but I can live with just work computer and phone having access. Just that is amazing.

The other nice thing is that my phone doesn’t come pre-loaded with an audio recorder, and Evernote lets you record audio notes. I do a few interviews a month for articles I write, and it is so nice to not only be able to record the interviews but also be able to transcribe them in one place that is then accessible from phone or computer. Incredibly helpful!

Finally, I like that one of my new soothing activities is going through and consolidating notes. I’ll find old notes, make sure I’ve handled everything I wrote in them, and close them out. I sometimes find old tasks that never got done and I’ll actually add them to the current day’s to-do list. It’s nice to know that I have a record keeping system rather than just a never-ending list (sorry to those of you who really appreciate Allen’s method; I am not so scrupulous as to have only one list!)

If you don’t use Evernote, do you have another favorite list-making application? Feel free to share about it in the comments!

7 Comments, RSS

  1. Terrant December 4, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    I’ve had some success with Microsoft’s OneNote but I would advise against getting the app (at least on Android); the web version is more functional. I’ve been using Google’s Keep more because is has a smaller footprint and that I use Android devices, everything always synchronized.

  2. Bud David December 5, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

    I knew there was something I liked about you!! I have been an Evernote user for few years now, even completed one of their trainings to be an Evernote Community Leader. Good Post!

  3. suzzisworld December 5, 2017 @ 10:06 pm

    Evernote is a wonderful tool to use….Even thinking of introducing it to hubby…

  4. neilirving December 5, 2017 @ 11:24 pm

    Being an android phone user and a Google fan I’ve used Keep for many years now and works very similar

  5. Cindy Anderson December 5, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

    I use Notes. 🙂

  6. Patrick December 6, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

    I have started using Google Keep on my Android. I like it. If I hear something that I think I can use, I make a quick verbal note. I can even take a photo or draw a sketch. Then, when I’m at my computer, I have all the ideas for writing available in one spot.

  7. pankiey December 7, 2017 @ 11:15 pm

    It is one of the best thing that happened to me. Ever note spells magic which helps your to be aligned all the time. Ever note makes sure you are always in the game. Thanks for sharing Messy.

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