Earlier this year, I committed to maximizing the tools I already owned. Like nearly everyone else I know, I have a tendency to buy a new tool, rather than take the necessary time to really learn the tools already at my disposal. I expect the newest, latest, greatest to be better and foolishly throw money at problems I should know how to solve. If I just sat down and learned about what I already had, I could avoid this. For a few years I had been using a piece of software named Evernote but not well. I knew enough to know I needed to learn more in order to really harness this great tool.
Intention and motivation are great, but they don’t address the problem of change. How do I actually change my behavior? The answer (mostly) lies in process. Formulating a plan to actually bring about change is the secret. So I resolved to create a plan whereby change would be possible. I resolved to find ways to learn how to use Evernote really well. I wanted to become an Evernote ninja.
Enter Evernote Essentials. This highly readable (90 or so pages) guide was the result of Brett Kelly’s obsession with Evernote and his desire to share what he had learned. The guide is organized by chapter so navigation is a snap. I made time each day (for about two weeks) to read, re-read and commit to memory what Brett was saying. Then, I started to practice. I went step-by-step at first but each process became faster the more I did it. Slowly, I began to realize my hope of using Evernote in a dynamic way. Now, it’s a part of my daily routine and I’m continually finding ways to make certain things faster, easier, etc.
Very simply, Evernote makes life easier. For me, that means organizing thoughts, websites, pictures, video, blog posts, you name it. I take pictures (yeah you can do that too) with Evernote of all my handwritten correspondence. I record audio of my drum lessons. I use Evernote to help organize information I assemble when writing articles for my hometown newspaper, The News Times. I manage projects, catalog lists, capture tidbits, and generally act smarter now that I’m more fully utilizing this incredible tool.
That’s my pitch. I believe in Evernote, I use Evernote and I learned how to harness this tool by reading Brett Kelly’s guide. If any of this resonates, learn more about Evernote HERE and purchase Brett’s guide HERE.