We use a lot of different tools to keep ideas organized.
I’ve got a bazillion notebooks and composition books floating around, Jake and I use integrated Google Calendars for our blogging schedule (and our family schedule), we’ve got a whiteboard in our kitchen with little lists and notes all over it, and we have a whole subdomain devoted to shared to-do lists (that’s a story for another day). It may seem complicated to not have all of these integrated, but each of these things serves its purpose.
My favorite place for things that don’t have an immediate purpose? Evernote.
Evernote has the tag line “Remember Everything” for a reason. Here’s what they list as the benefits (which is way faster to share than typing them all out in my own words):
With Evernote, You Can:
- Click New Note and take down an idea or task.
- Clip and save a webpage using a Web Clipper.
- Use Evernote on your phone to snap a photo of a whiteboard, business card, or wine label. Evernote automatically makes text in your snapshots searchable!
- Take notes, save images, create to-dos, view PDFs, and more
- Access your Evernote notes from any computer or phone you use
- Search and find everything, even printed or handwritten text in images
- Install and use Evernote everywhere
- Download and install Evernote on all of your computers and phones
- Install a Web Clipper into your web browser
- Email notes to your Evernote email address
- Save Twitter messages by following @myEN
- Import photos from your digital camera
I don’t take advantage of all that goodness because I use other sites for some of that stuff (Flickr and Pinterest, mainly), but I like to use Evernote as a storage place for my ideas before they move to the “stuff to do” realm. I also keep lists of things unrelated to work and crafting there, like books I want to buy/read.
Here’s a peak at what my Evernote looks like. I used mine and didn’t give an example of Jake’s, because he’s got private day job stuff on his. You can see that the ideas are broken down into “notes” which are inside “notebooks”, so you can keep like ideas together to find something fast. The note I’m looking at in this screen shot is pretty cool: I recorded audio of a poem that I wrote in the car with the Evernote phone app because I didn’t have a pen with me. And now I can access it from anywhere. That’s awesome. The Audio + App great for “Note to Self” things like that when you don’t have free hands or writing equipment, but you want to pin down an idea.
Above is a list I created of Multicultural American History books I want to read. I like that you can make checklists. Checklists are my favorite, because I feel accomplished when I click that little box. It’s the little things, right?
I’ve also been testing Evernote for a holding place for blog post ideas. We usually write them down on our Google Calender and then just move stuff around as needed, but I wanted a place for ideas that I know I won’t get to for a long time. You can share Evernote notebooks with others, so I thought this would be perfect. But then I realized that the person you’re sharing with can’t edit the notebook unless you have a pro account, so it won’t really work out after all (Jake would have to be able to edit this too). We’ll work on having a better system for that.
Have you ever used Evernote? What do you think of it? How do you keep your ideas organized?
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