At the end of last year I decided I would start using Evernote, an app that helps you as they put it ‘Remeber Everything.’ Wow now that’s a statement!
As with all these new things there is a learning curve and I was always too busy to make that step. I probably had Evernote on my iPhone for at least six months before I made the effort. And now I wish I had made it sooner.
Like many, I used old envelopes to make notes, ideas were scribbled on anything at hand; often it was my hand! Sometimes if I were feeling organised I would write a note or possibly part of a blog post in Pages (word processing software for the Mac) which would then be lost in a folder named ‘stuff’ never to be seen again. With Evernote, you never lose anything plus you gain so much more.
How I use evernote to run Lanyon
Lanyon is a family-run self-catering holiday business with three properties and a wedding venue. I look after the website, the bookings and our social media. As a result, I do a lot of writing: blog posts, website copy, letters to suppliers and customers and so on. Evernote has helped me stay organised with all of this through its use of “notebooks”, “notes” and “tags”.
For example, I have a notebook called “blogs”. I keep all blog ideas as a ‘new note’ in this notebook, and tag them as ‘blog’ and ‘to write’. It’s now easy to scan through all of my ideas, pick which one I want to focus on, or add any extra thoughts about specific ideas as they come to me. The great thing about apps is the sync ability, when I’m not at work and I have an idea I use the evernote app to make notes which are then synced with my ipad and laptop.
Likewise, when I publish a blog post, I move that note to a “Posted” notebook.
My use of Evernote goes beyond blog posts. Welcome pack information, website content, Twitter notes are now all drafted within Evernote in their relevant notebooks. I use these notes as my master copies which works brilliantly.
Notes can be scheduled and shared with others. I use the schedule to manage my blog posts. I am trying to post twice a week, Evernote is helping me to achieve this goal.
As their website says ‘Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters’.
It’s true, check it out for yourself.
Next app post will be ‘Things’ a very cool to do list.
I am sure to discover more great things about this cool tool so stay tuned. I will now leave you with a question. Which apps help you at work?