Evernote just celebrated 10 years of existence and it has saved me a lot of time (and money) in the 7 years I have used it. It is one of my go productivity apps. With this occasion I wanted to give an overview of how I discovered Evernote and why I pay for it now and think it is a great tool to help you free up your mind to focus on more important things and to get things done faster.
If you do not know what Evernote is I would sum it up as a digital notebook that can be accessed and searched from any device. You can attach pictures, documents, and audio to enhance your notes even further. The search option is extremely powerful too. I would still say that being a notebook first is the biggest advantage of Evernote. It is also available on so many platforms and when it was first growing, I could access it on operating systems that other developers ignored, but Evernote did not.
My first interaction with Evernote was when it was preinstalled on my first smartphone, the LG Revolution. The term given to this kind of software is normally called “Bloatware” and most people immediately either ignore it or try to uninstall it. I don’t know what gave me the idea to actually try it, but it seemed like an interesting concept. I ended up exchanging the LG Revolution because it was not a good phone, but every phone/device after that I kept using Evernote. In the beginning I struggled with finding out what I should use it for.
The LG Revolution…my first and probably worst smartphone ever.
It was not until I started a new job that it really clicked with me. I needed to remember names and I would visit stores and wanted to remember when I visited and what I did there. It was then that my Evernote usage really jumped. I would make notes for all of my stores to recap my visits and have my stores sorted so I could see an overview of all of my accounts. I started experimenting with tags and folders as well and still go back and fourth on which is better for organization. I have come to terms with using both of them although that is a debate for another day!
Throughout the years I have constantly tweaked my system and what I would I choose to save. I still make changes to it every now and then, but this is a top 3 app I install when I get a new device. I normally don’t like to go with the “most popular” brand or service, but Evernote just works so flawlessly it makes no sense to not use it.
Evernote will be discussed in more detail in future posts, but with the 10 year anniversary just happening, I wanted to share my experience. I have no problem supporting and paying for it because it is a service I want to stay in business. If you use Evernote, how did you come across the service and what do you use it for? If you don’t do you use another service similar to it?