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BY CHRIS VASQUES
often refer to Evernote as my “second brain.” The app
allows me to follow a modified version of David Allen’s
Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy, a productivity
method designed to help you arrange a systematic
workflow to prioritize, manage, and execute important tasks
while snoozing those that can wait. Today, I don’t know what
I would do without my omnipresent, all-knowing digital assis-
tant. Here are some tips that will keep you coming back to the
green, glowing reliability of Evernote.
Using the Web Clipper
I used to be one of those
people with a million tabs open
across the top of my web browser. Sound familiar? If so, you
desperately need Evernote’s Web
Clipper. With the Web Clipper,
you can clip an entire webpage to
Evernote, save it as a bookmark,
or even slim it down to a text-only
format for minimalist consumption. You can use the Web Clipper
any time by tapping the Share
icon while viewing content in Safari or on just about any other app.
Next, select Evernote from your
share options. You can choose the
title, folder location, and tags for your note. Imagine taking a
deep breath and closing those tabs without fear.
Even in our digital world, paper
documents often still rule the day.
With Evernote’s document scanning feature, I can digitize banking
documents, event posters, handwritten notes, nutrition labels, and
manuals. With the paid version,
the app will even index the text
of these images, making them
searchable. To get started, place a
document on a contrasting background like a desk, and then tap
the camera icon in Evernote and
snap a photo.
When documenting a meeting, I have found that simple
text notes can be insufficient. Evernote allows me to add pictures, emojis, and Voice Memos to my notes, so I am more
effectively able to recall important information later. Once you
have a note open, simply choose the form of media you want
to insert from the menu along the bottom.
Sorting Your Notes
There are two ways to organize
and group notes: using tags or
notebooks. For a long time I didn’t
use any tags at all, opting to name
my notes instead. This approach
became less effective over time,
and I have added tags to almost
all of my notes. I prefer tags over
notebooks, since tags can be
nested as many as three levels
down. To search your notes, tap
the search icon at the top of the
screen and enter relevant tags
or keywords. A good habit to get
into is to name your notes as
clearly as possible.
Linking Notes Together
No other notetaking app I have
used has allowed me to hyperlink
to other notes like Evernote does.
If I make a list of projects I need
to complete in order to achieve a
larger goal, each item on that list
can link to a separate note for the
respective project. I have found
this feature to unlock a new level
of creativity. Using the desktop
Evernote app, tap the name of the
note you’d like to link to, and then
tap Copy Note Link. Now, open
your new note, highlight an item
and hit Command+K to paste in
the note link.
Chris Vasques has worked for tech companies such as Avid and Gazelle, where his
long history of gadget and technology fascination became a professional passion.
He is currently studying Sustainable Community Development with a focus on Media
Marketing, and enjoys writing, playing music, productivity hacks and entrepreneurism.