Why More and More High-Achievers Are Using Evernote (And Why You Should Too)

I was like most people who have come in contact with Evernote - apathetic. Although I had read post after post of high-achievers recommending the program as a “game-changing” productivity tool, I couldn’t understand why would I need one more tool when I was already using other apps that worked just fine to keep myself organized? After setting up an account and looking around, I was underwhelmed by the simplistic interface and apparently limited amount off bells and whistles. What was the big fuss about? I couldn’t figure it out.

 

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After three or four rounds of closing my account just to re-open it a few weeks later after reading yet another testimonial giving it the highest praise, I made the decision to dive in and figure it out even if I died of boredom in the process. I stopped at the library and picked up the book “Evernote for Dummies” and subscribed to the Evernote blog knowing that I would need as much help as I could get learning how to use it.

 

Now no offense to the book (which was excellent) but after reading it I was still bored with the program. It lacked all the fancy featured that most productivity tools have and was almost too simple to get my ADD monkey-mind around. Regardless of how I felt, by faith I began to use it hoping that it would grow on me with use. Within a few short weeks of experimentation, I had all but completely abandoned all of my web-clipping apps, google drive files and post-it-note reminders and was monogamously, happily using Evernote. I had seen the light and was so excited!

 

For those of you who have, like me, heard all about this tool yet have held off from really getting into it, here are some of the reasons I recommend checking it out right away.

  1. All your ideas are in one-spot.

Unlike something like Dropbox (which is another awesome tool), Evernote allows you to save notes in an endless amount of formats. 

Let’s say you have a notebook titled “Spring Banquet” (as part of your Events “stack”), you could jam-pack that notebook with images of decoration ideas, bookmarked urls of menu ideas, upload an Excel spreadsheet with the list of potential guests, create task lists and upload your venue’s pdf rental agreement all in one folder. Need to find something specific? Search by keyword and it will right there in moments.

 

  1. It syncs across all your devices as well as having a desktop option.

Whether you’re using an Apple product or an Android, they have the app for that. After using dozens of online productivity tools, I’ve run into lots of challenges whereby the devices don’t sync properly so you never know if you’re looking at the most recent version of your notes. I’ve found Evernote to be fast and the interface easy to use on whichever device I’m using – huge plus!  It embodies form AND function – great for those of use who get cheesed off when we can’t figure out how to use one of our new apps in 2 seconds or less.

 

  1. It’s has a great free version.

There are lots of great productivity tools out there but usually most of the goodies are locked behind the pay-wall. Having used Evernote for a few months now, I can say that I’ve been completely satisfied using just the basic plan and haven’t been worried about maxing out my storage space too quickly or having to deal with annoying ads everywhere. The good news is that if you felt it made sense for you to upgrade, it’s only $5.00/month. It’s clean, it’s robust cheap. The perfect recipe for a busy social entrepreneur on the go!

 

 Do you use Evernote? What do you like most about it? Leave a comment below. 

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    Natasha is the Founder of Next Level Nonprofits and is dedicated to helping passionate start-up nonprofit leaders develop the foundational leadership and management skills they need to enjoy enjoy successful, sustainable and satisfying careers.

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    • GMKennedy

      I found Evernot over a year ago when a Board member recommended it. I LOVE it! Did you know you can even record a meeting right in your notebook for that topic? I have upgraded to the Pro version for the extra perks this year because I find that I am now using this app seamlessly across all my devices for both professional and personal business. I never have to “look” for a note or document. You can even have an email saved to your notebook in Evernote right from Outlook! I love that feature. I never have to search for an email on that topic…it is in my notebook! Any attachments from the email follow along and are visible in Evernote. I can get to any of my notebooks at any time, even if all I have with me is my smartphone. It is awesome. I have even taken notes in an impromtu meeting on my smartphone into Evernote. I can’t tell you how much I love this app, and I know it does even more than I know how to do yet!

      • http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/ Natasha

        That is so exciting! I had no idea it could do that!! I wonder if it has any sort of gmail extension (being a non-outlook user). You’ve given me so many ideas to think about : )

    • michalserwinski

      I’ve fallen in love with Evernote about two years ago too. It’s the first app I use everyday for notes, projects, just everything. :-) I tried to start many times. Now I know – the more you add, the more useful Evernote becomes but you need your own system. I gather interesting posts about using Evernote. Mayby you will find them helpful too: http://www.scoop.it/t/evernote-tips-and-resources

      • http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/ Natasha

        Thanks so much for that tip, I’m going to check it out ASAP. I know what you mean by your own system…it took me a while to figure it out. What’s your favorite thing about using it?
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        I’ve fallen in love with Evernote about two years ago too. It’s the first app I use everyday for notes, projects, just everything. :-) I tried to start many times. Now I know – the more you add, the more useful Evernote becomes but you need your own system. I gather interesting posts about using Evernote. Mayby you will find them helpful too: http://www.scoop.it/t/evernote… 4:17 p.m., Thursday Jan. 9

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        • michalserwinski

          Evernote with system of sorting notes, tags and notebooks is like your own CRM software, isn’t it? :) What I like most about EN is that I have EVERYTHING in one place.

    • http://www.jessicagreen.org/ Jessica Green

      I love Evernote! I started using it right before grad school and it’s been awesome for keeping my notes and projects organized :)

      • http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/ Natasha

        Yay!! What’s your favorite feature? I’m still learning the ins-and-outs of using it.
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        I love Evernote! I started using it right before grad school and it’s been awesome for keeping my notes and projects organized :) 12:32 p.m., Thursday Jan. 9

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        • http://www.jessicagreen.org/ Jessica Green

          Definitely the fact that it syncs easily on so many devices! I go back and forth between my macbook, iPad and phone (which is a Droid…haven’t gone totally to the dark side!) so being able to access my notes and documents anywhere is important to me. Also it’s very simple to use and organize. I use Wunderlist for to do’s and Workflowy for brainstorming, I haven’t found a tool that does everything I need yet but Evernote has been the one that’s stuck around the longest for me!

          • http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/ Natasha

            I know what you mean. I have tried over a dozen project management apps this year and haven’t found one I love yet. The search is still on…

            Let’s reschedule our call for one of these days. Send me an email any time.