Evernote, the one technology that has truly revolutionized how I work

Tammy McKinley is the author of this blog post. She is an Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics for the University of Tennessee. Tammy is a web and social media presence expert. She manages the social media accounts for her department and is also a skilled master of Excel and livestock marketing. I follow her on twitter @TammyMcKinley you should too.


What makes Evernote so revolutionizing for me?

As Michael Hyatt has said, “Evernote is my digital brain.”

I can store anything there. I can send emails to a note. I can include files of almost any type in a note. I can clip webpages and save them to read later. I can link notes. I can tag notes for easier searching later. I can make check lists within any note and set reminders on the notes to remind me of tasks needing to be completed. I can access my notes on any of my devices. And so much more.

Here are a few of the ways I use Evernote.

  1. Meeting Notes: This is where I started with Evernote. Even when I take handwritten notes I convert them to digital format either by transcribing them (helps me remember what we talked about) or snapping a picture of them with my iPhone and including the image in a note for later reference. I have recently found Scannable; an app that captures an image of a document in either PDF or JPG format and automatically places it in Evernote.
  2. Project Planning: Whether it is a conference we are planning or my latest project of designing a new website for our department, Evernote is where I keep all my thoughts, to do lists, emails about, and much more. I can even include annotated images or PDFs using another app, Skitch, which links to Evernote.
  3. To Do Lists: With Evernote’s checkboxes you can include a task list in any note. I have a running to do list along with lists in notes for major projects. As I mentioned earlier I can set reminders on a note to help me remember when tasks need to be completed.

I am just scratching the surface when it comes to all that you can do with Evernote. Below are a few resources for learning more about how Evernote can revolutionize how you work too.

Michael Hyatt: http://tinyurl.com/MichaelHyattEvernote

Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essentials e-book: http://tinyurl.com/BrettKelly

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