I read a lot of books. The trouble is that I buy more books than I read. To stop this, I am limiting myself to only buying a new book after I've read one of the books on my shelf. The trouble is I keep making lots of notes about books that I'd like to read someday.
Of course, making notes of the books that I want to read is not the only thing I make notes of! Have you ever been in a restaurant and thought to yourself that wine was great, I must get some, or a film you want to see at the cinema, or a place to visit one weekend?
In the past I've either commited these things to memory or written them down on a scrap of paper. The trouble with both of these methods is that I've either forgot the 'note' or lost the piece of paper. This is the story of how I came to take much better notes.
A few months ago I read about an application called Evernote, which is fast becoming the receptical of choice for storing all bits of information which cutlers a busy persons life - gaining c10,000 users per month.
Evernote is essentially a 'cloud' based appliction where you can store your notes. With both a desktop app allowing you to copy and paste (or clip) webpages or browse the notes that you have prepared, or a smartphone, which is where the real power of Evernote lies.
The desktop app and web versions allows you to to search your notes:
When I had a Blackberry I was using an older version of Evernote and either fired off a text email to my Evernote account or snapped a picture and emailed that. With the upgrade to my new iPhone I downloaded the Evernote application for iPhone. According to Business Week this application was downloaded 260,000 within the first 4 days of Apple releasing its new iPhone Operating system! So, clearly a lot of enthusiasts!
A number of people have been sceptical about the benefit of Evernote. However, the more you use it the more you can see what the benefits of it are.
I would personally summarise these benefits as the following:
- Searchable text - which enables even pictures of text to be searchable, making that wine label photograph findable in seconds
- Tagging - similar to searchable text, but essentially indexes all your notes
- Multimedia - ability to store words and pictures and voice recordings - all instantly searchable
- Synchronisation - across every device that you use, web, iPhone/Blackberry/Pre, desktop.
You can see how it all works in the Evernote Youtube video or click to download Evernote.