I BOUGHT INTO Evernote last year and started paying for its service when Mitch Joel said it was time to "burn the ships". Mitch was quoting Cortez on the shores of Mexico and the advice stuck with me as I stood in an office with dwindling admin support.
By adjusting my routine--and not adding any additional minutes of work--I began using Evernote as a primary fulcrum in my lecturing, my online reading, my travel, and my television viewing. I have four points worth sharing.
1. Evernote now holds my primary lecture notes for students at LIT-Clonmel. My slide decks go straight from my final edit to my mobile devices because the Evernote program on Windows 7 monitors my primary work folder. Students know the public URLs of my account. They access the URL pertaining to the module they want to use and read my slides, download them or connect with me via Evernote's app and see my slides as they start their app.
2. Online Reading is more efficient with Evernote. If I'm skimming tweets, I'll park the best content on Evernote by tweeting @MyEN with a link or a post. Then I open Evernote and read, tag and distill the content inside Evernote.
3. Travel is less stressful with Evernote. I keep all my receipts, hotel reservations, tickets, border passes, parking validation and passport documents inside Evernote. I tag them by trip number or destination. I snap photos of menus, restaurant logos, and bills. Evernote normally marks those items with a geotag--something you cannot do with a bog-standard shoebox. It is simple to rewind a trip with all key documents in one place. And I won't park for more than a day without taking an Evernote photo of my car and nearby prominent signage.
4. Television advertisements stay memorable with Evernote. I often snap shots of TV ads that the kids want on their wishlist, straightaway as the ad is running. It doesn't matter if there's a little motion blur. I can also toggle the audio recording function of Evernote and record the advertisement for later reivew. Then we prioritise those items during kitchen tabletop sessions. It is fun to move around images and to delete stale content too.
Now it's back to my Nokia Lumia phone and its on-board Evernote collection.