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EverNote: The Digital Note-taking Solution December 18, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Reviews, Software.
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Is your office desk or drawer cluttered with small white papers or post-it notes?  Is your note-pad or Filofax crammed with notes, names, dates and telephone numbers?  Do you have a hard time finding where you placed that piece of paper with a telephone number you jotted down a few days back?

My answers are yes to all three questions above.  I jot down notes, names, and telephone numbers on small pieces of paper which flood my desk.  I am constantly scribbling notes and numbers all over my notepad to the point that I sometimes completely fill every inch of a page.  Can you imagine how hard it is for me to have to go back to that page or those post-it notes to find a specific number !? 

There is only so much temporary information you can keep around.  Numbers, names, dates, facts, times, tasks, ideas and notes that you can throw away, but may need to save.  I am generally a very unorganized person.  My numerous attempts at staying organized last about a week until papers, notes, business cards, letters, etc. are scattered all over my desk.  That is why I choose the digital route.  I use nifty gadgets and practical software applications to keep everything such as contacts, calender entries, appointments, tasks – and now notes – organized and systematic. 

I stumbled across this great application called EverNote which works with Windows operating system. I’ved been using it a for a few days now and I’m very happy so far.  I literally grabbed every single one of those small papers sprinkled across my desk and entered them into my new digital note-taking system.  This handy software application is a must-have for quick note-taking.  You can organize your notes into categories, give them labels, use smart search to locate specific notes, create to-do lists, browse notes in a time-line, and so much more. 

The download is quick, free and very easy to install.  Disregard the paid version.  The main difference between the free and paid version is in synchronization features and handwriting recognition.  If you have an external tablet or Tablet PC and you like taking handwritten notes on your computer, you’re going to want the paid version.  The software integrates very well with Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.  It is definitely well worth downloading and trying out. 

So, the next time someone asks you to take down a phone message or a confirmation number, instead of jotting it down on a post-it note the old school way, enter it digitally using your new note-taking tool.  No more paper clutter!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…”If it ain’t digital, it ain’t sh!*t”.  🙂