Ever noting in Evernote

All right, NaNoWriMo is done– for me, at least! After a slow start– a very slow start– I somehow managed to completed my 50,000 words two days early, just before midnight last night.  I’d had a run of astonishing productivity, around 5,000 words a day for several days in a row, and I credit having a schedule with limits for this.  I was spending a few days in a row at my girlfriend’s family’s house in Maine for Thanksgiving, and I knew I could disappear for only so long at a time, so I’d designate three different times per day to really jam in as many words I could in a strictly limited period of time, an hour or an hour and a half, say.

Now that that particular simian has leapt from my shoulders– now that I have once again a clear mind (though NaNo can really induce a clarity of purpose), after NaNo and before that the book tour and before that the runup to the book tour, I can devote myself to organization.  Productivity.  Charging ahead.  All of those proud concepts.  But what a scatterbrain I am– how can I keep on top on all of these things I’d like to file and accomplish?

The answer for me will be my renewed devotion to Evernote.  It’s time for to-do lists again, o happy season, and it’s time for bulging virtual notebooks on various ideas and areas of interest.  I have the full-fledged program on my computer, and a bastard corollary on my Palm Pre (held-back child in the smartphone family; I expect the Evernote functionality on my next phone will be much more sophisticated– but I really should hold off on chasing the next sexy thing for a while… right?  You’ll wait for me, Epic, won’t you).

Let me know if you have any good ideas for using Evernote efficiently.  There seems to be a pretty good body of advice out there in the rolling azure fields of the internet, but hearing thoughts directly from an actual human being is nice as well.  I get pulled in a lot of directions by shiny new bits of informations, so I’m trying to designate separate notebooks by category of info.  At the same time, I’d like to use it on a daily basis for mundane tasks like keeping on top of bills and other necessaries of responsible citizenry.  Might be too ambitious or foolhardy to rely on a single program as a Tool of Everything, much as physicists struggle for a theory of everything, but both seem worthy causes to me.

Author: Jeff Deck

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  • Hello Jeff. I work for Evernote. I came accross your post and just wanted to check in and say thanks for trying out Evernote. If you are looking for a getting started guide this is a great place to start http://www.evernote.com/about/getting_started/. I also have a Tumblr full of tips and uses that might help you along the way http://evernote.tumblr.com/.
    Congrats on the NaNoWriMo did you use Evernote along the way for any of those 50k words?


  • Jeff Deck

    Thanks for stopping by, Ron! I’m excited to check out the Tumblr, as well as the getting-started guide. Already I see something helpful in the Web Clipper, which will be an improvement over the awkward copying-and-pasting I’ve been doing.

    I didn’t use Evernote for NaNoWriMo, but I can see how that’d be helpful for some folks, particularly if they’re on the go and have a phone with a good keyboard.

  • erikka

    hey jeff. can you “sell” this to me a little more? not sure how this is different than say Diigo or Delicious (website catchers) or why it is so helpful, handy? ive heard of it once before, am sort of curious, and wonder if i’m missing out by not using it.


  • One possibility for task list management on your Pre is Outline Tracker. If you need integration with a cloud backend, it syncs with Basecamp. You can even edit your Basecamp items off-line.