I have all kinds of “favorite” apps! The subject of this post is Evernote, which you can get as an app for your smart phone or iPad, but you can also download the (free) software for your computer, as well. Evernote’s claim to fame, so to speak, is that it will help you remember everything (the icon for Evernote is an elephant; and you know the reputation elephants have for memory). Evernote has a cult following of devoted users. When I first got interested in the software, I decided to do a little research first and was amazed at all the resource from individuals’ blogs—not just Evernote’s own official website.
Evernote also has an “Ambassador Program” in which some of their loyal followers help educate people how to get more out of Evernote and how to use it in specific ways. Each ambassador was selected because of their passion for applying Evernote to a specific part of their daily lives. For example, there is a student ambassador, a blogger ambassador, a caterer ambassador, a personal trainer ambassador, etc. They each share unique ways in which they use Evernote in their field. I read them all, even though it may appear that I have nothing in common with them because of the particular field they are in. I get good ideas from every one of them. If you have any reason to store/file lots of information (and who doesn’t?), I suggest you check out Evernote. Though I am fairly new to the Evernote cult following and am still learning ways to use it, the three main reasons I recommend it are savability, seachability, and clippability (I think I may have just created three new words). In this post, I will explain about “savability,” and I will cover searchability and clippability tomorrow (a very clever way of stretching this one post into two in order to help me meet my 30-day challenge; please don’t hate me because I am clever).
Everything you store in Evernote is (or can be) saved “in the cloud.” Have you ever lost any important data in a computer crash? If so, you know the importance of backing up your data. In Evernote, it is a near-automatic process to backup and save. Here’s a simple example of how it works. I have a “notebook” (think file or folder) in Evernote labeled Recipes. In this notebook are lots of individual “notes” (think document). I have Evernote on my computer, and I have the Evernote app on my iPhone and my iPad. Let’s say I’m heading home from work late one evening, and I remember that new recipe I just saved on my computer last week. That sure would be good for dinner tonight. If only I could remember what all the ingredients were. Not to worry! When I put that recipe in Evernote on my computer, it also saved to Evernote on both my phone and my iPad. I always have my phone with me, so I pull up the recipe, and voila! Something new for dinner tonight (if only Evernote could cook it for me, too).
You can visit the Evernote site to download Evernote on your computer. You will need to set up an account first thing (it’s free). You will be able to access everything that you have stored in Evernote by any of your devices as long as you have the software or the app on the device. Because your data is saved “in the cloud,” even if your computer or device crashes, you can access it by logging in to Evernote with your account info from a different computer. This is great for peace of mind!