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You’ve probably heard of Evernote – the note-taking app — and its rather cultish following. What you probably didn’t know though, is the hundreds of little-known uses that can really help make shaping your career that much easier.
Here are eight ways to use Evernote to inspire your work, create a rock solid network and manage projects with ease:
1. Take notes… for everything
I used to be a pen and paper kind of girl, but most of us type faster than we talk. Since no one likes having heaps of documents lying around, Evernote is the best way to take notes at meetings, catch-ups with bosses or even when you’re on the train in the morning or en-route to a meeting.
Tag them with the appropriate project or client you’re working on and thank me later.
2. Pen and paper notes
Still love using a notebook? Me too. I have a purple pen and like to draw flowers in the margins during Important Business Dealings.
But raise your hand if you hate flipping through page after page trying to find something you know you wrote about last month. With Evernote, take photos of each page and save it to a dedicated notebook. Evernote can actually search image text, so next time you want to find Project Cobra in your old notes, you can easily search through it without actually flipping anything.
If you use a computer – and who doesn’t these days? – you probably have an absurd amount of passwords.
Evernote is a great way to save logins for various websites, YouTube channels, social media accounts, etc. They’re easily searchable so I know I’ve saved heaps of time not hunting down passwords whenever I log in and out of something.
4. Project management
If you have a premium account with Evernote, you can share notes with coworkers. It’s been good to have a checkbox list I share with the team so we can all see what has and hasn’t been done.
And another perk: it’s way easier to use than other project management software out there.
What inspires you? Blog post ideas? Website designs? Innovative advertisements?
Use Evernote to jot down things you love to motivate you at work. It might even spark some ideas for that project you’re supposed to be working on.
6. Business contacts
Rather than losing business cards in your pursue or wallet, take photos as you receive them. Leave yourself a note about where you met this person, what they look like and any interesting information about the meeting.
This is an awesome way to bring back memories of your conversation so you can meaningfully connect with these new contacts later, when you’re ready to wow them with a unique and personalized LinkedIn invite.
(Oh, and Evernote is on their shit and created Evernote Hello, which makes this process much easier.)
Use Evernote to write down the best printer, stationary store, sushi restaurant or phone repair place near your office. That way you’ll never forget where you went last time and loved AND your coworkers will love you when they ask for advice.
Take photos of receipts or any expenses you need to share with your boss. When you hand over the receipt, you now have an easy way of tracking everything – and it’s less time-consuming than a scanner.
Do you use Evernote? How’s it going for you? Any new ideas to add to our list?
Marian Schembari is a blogger, traveler and all-around social media thug. She’s based in Auckland, New Zealand, hails from Connecticut and blogs at marianlibrarian.com.