As a content manager, I use Evernote daily to keep track of all my code, social media posts, blog posts, checklists and project plans. You name it and I probably have a notebook dedicated to it in Evernote. So what exactly is Evernote?
Evernote is a digital notebook designed for note taking, organising and archiving content. Basically, you can capture anything on the web and store it in a notebook for reference later. As Evernote describes “your thoughts are always with you, always accessible, always in sync.”
There are three levels of Evernote and depending on whether you have the basic, plus or premium level, determines what features you will have access to.
Many users get by with just the basic plan. However, I have opted for the premium plan as I like to annotate pdf’s, save emails and know that I have enough storage. I also am a firm believer that if you love and use a product every day, that there is no better way to support the ongoing development of that product by paying for the service.
Evernote has quite a lot of features, however, for this post, I will stick to how I use Evernote for blogging.
Blog Post List
Instead of carrying around a notebook, I have a workbook dedicated to blog post ideas within Evernote. Within the workbook, I have a page for each category on my blog. When I have an idea, I write this down on the appropriate page. I have the Evernote app on my iPad and iPhone, so when inspiration strikes, I just open the app and jot the idea down. No more pieces of paper are floating around my desk or stuffed into my handbag.
Blog Post Drafts
I draft all of my blog posts in Evernote. This saves so much time as whenever inspiration strikes; I can open up Evernote on any device and then start typing away. The note then syncs across all devices. There is also a plugin for WordPress available that automatically will sync new posts to your WordPress site, and you don’t even have to copy and paste.
I use Evernote for managing all tasks related to my business. I have a workbook dedicated to managing tasks and type these out on a page and then add a checkbox beside them so that I can tick them off as I would if I was using paper.
With Evernote, you have notebooks and pages within each notebook. You can also create categories (tags) so that you can search and filter on these to find your content quickly. I currently have four primary notebooks – Blog Post Lists – Blog Post Drafts – Task Lists – Social Media Management. I also have a bunch of random notebooks for managing things such as shopping lists, extensive notes from different seminars and conferences that I attend and meeting notes.
I also use an App called Penultimate that links to Evernote. With Penultimate I write my notes with my Apple Pencil on my iPad Pro and then these handwritten notes immediately sync with Evernote. I usually use Penultimate to take notes in meetings and when attending conferences as I find my retention rate when writing things down is higher.
Penultimate also has so many great templates that I find so useful for everyday work such as meeting notes, minutes, presentation slides, wide ruled pages and to do lists. If you are using Evernote, make sure you download Penultimate if you like to take handwritten notes.