I am going to discuss Evernote, a wonderful free (you can upgrade to a premium account) utility to help keep you organized. If you are not familiar with Evernote please check it out. If you are like me and have paper bits all over the place; notes on napkins, business cards, receipts, any and all lists. How about when you browse the internet and find a snippet of something very interesting and want to remember it? or in an email?
Here are two examples of my favorite personal uses for Evernote. My husband and I love to tour our local vineyards and there are quite a few here in the Piedmont region of NC. We limit ourselves to purchasing two bottles of wine at each vineyard. If we find a third or fourth that we love I will take a picture of the wine label and send the label to Evernote and put it in my Wine Notebook. I also take a picture of our wine rating sheet so I can remember which ones we did or did not like. That way if I am in a restaurant that features local wines I can go to Evernote and look up my rating sheet. I do the same for videos that I might see on the shelf that I think we would be interested in seeing. Then the next time I go to my Netflix account I pull up my Evernote Notebook titled Movies and I have a few I can choose from.
For the knitter or crafter - if you have taken pictures of your stash or have a list somewhere of all your yarns, needles, books, magazines you can put this into Evernote and it is there for you. Evernote syncs between your computers and cell phone apps.
If you can remember a name like Skacel but cannot remember what folder you put it in, Evernote will search all your little tidbits and find those notes, even if the word is in a picture. Cool HUH?!?!
Recently there was a wonderful discussion on Chris Brogan's blog about the uses of Evernote and it seemed a few people commented that it would be great if Evernote had a way to save emails from MACs email client. Here is a way this can be done (Outlook has an extension to do this).
Go to the email you want to save. Go to the upper left corner to File and in the drop down menu click on Print.*
A Print dialogue box will open with a button called PDF on the lower left. Open this box and scroll down to Save PDF to Evernote.
A sweet program for organizing all the things you do on the computer or off.
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