Evernote is, as Brett himself describes it in the ebook, "a ubiquitous digital notebook which syncs to the web and across all of your devices that can capture, store, and index just about any type of data you can throw at it."
You can pretty much store anything and everything in Evernote. Text notes, images, web clippings, audio, video, pdf files, lists, iWork files, and more can be organised in Evernote.
How I use Evernote
Here are a few examples of what I use it for:
- Productivity - Store reference material for tasks I need to do.
- Writing - Keep a list of ideas for articles to write, and the related research.
- Learning - Take notes, and store reference material, for courses I take. For example, I have a notebook for SCUBA diving and one for Platform University, amongst many others.
- Reference - Store instructions, how-to's, and assorted tips for things that interest me. Or save web clipping with my own notes (Evernote is awesome for this).
- Lists - For example, a wines I like, movies to watch, books to read, places to visit.
- Shopping - Keep info on different products to compare later. For example, I have a notebook right now for a SCUBA dive watch.
- Keep all my travel documents handy: hotel confirmation emails, tickets, research, lists of places to visit, maps, and more.
- An extra back up JPEGs of my 5 star photographs.
- Save my daughter's drawings (a great tip in the Evernote Essentials PDF).
I use it for more than that, but you get the idea. The more you throw at it, the better it gets. Searching for stuff in Evernote is easy and powerful. And all your stuff is available from any device: desktop, smartphone, tablet, and even the web.
The problem with Evernote is that it's so powerful that it's often overwhelming.
Many people don't know where to start. I was one of them. This is where Brett Kelly's ebook can help.
About the author
Brett is arguably the perfect person to write a book on how to use Evernote. Not only has he been using it for over five years, but he clearly knows it pretty well.
In fact, he was hired by Evernote themselves after he wrote the book. That has to be the best endorsement possible.
Evernote Essentials PDF
Evernote Essentials is the definitive guide for Evernote users. It explains everything from how to set up an Evernote account all the way to how to become a power user.
In the ebook, you'll learn how to organise your database (or Evernote Library as I like to think about it). You'll learn how to put stuff in and take it out. How to take advantage of tagging. How to search effectively. Tips on sharing, using reminders, adding metadata, and more.
Brett includes several use cases that show you specific examples of how to use Evernote:
- Evernote for Travel Junkies.
- Evernote for Parents.
- Going Paperless with Evernote
- Archiving Your Social Media Offerings with Evernote
- Evernote as Your Personal History Book
In the latest version, Brett also added a few new sections:
- How he uses Evernote.
- How to set up a new account.
- Evernote and Security.
Believe me, the Evernote Essentials pdf is a good investment.
Some people complain about the price, but seriously, it'll save you so much time that you'll be thankful you read it. The ebook is 160 pages packed with valuable content. Plus, when there's an update you get the new version for free.
Evernote Essentials is available as a PDF (the original version), an ePub (for iPad/iPhone), and a .MOBI (for Kindle). You get all version when you purchase it. It's also available directly from the iBookstore.
Whilst the content is the same for all versions, I strongly recommend reading the Evernote Essentials PDF.
The design and formatting are really nice and it's lost in the ePub and .MOBI versions. Plus, you can read it on your iPad and make annotations directly on it as you read it.
This is the best and quickest way to become proficient in Evernote.
I highly recommend the Evernote Essentials PDF. If you don’t agree, Brett offers a 100% money-back guarantee, so there's nothing to loose.