I am late in the Evernote game but in the past few days I have been experimenting with the service to help solve some of my daily pet peeves like remembering going to a talk but being unable to remember what has been said or having taken down some notes but lost them. Another one I had was to save a page of information in books. You could take a picture but it gets lost in a sea of picture and really, the picture quality isn't that good.
In this post,I will detail the various uses I use Evernote for and how I use it.
Evernote is great for saving notes on talks. First, they offer you a audio recording option. If you are using the free Evernote as I am, however, there is a limit on the data size of the note but capturing an hour's worth should not be a problem. For notes on the talk itself I prefer to using the pen and paper but I use Scannable to take a picture of my notes to put in my note. A bit more about that later. There is also an Evernote template you can use in taking down your notes. What's really good about the template is that it prepares you to leave with an action steps checklist. Additionally, you can also take quick photos and append them to the note. I got this idea from an Evernote blogpost about using Evernote for Conferences.
Evernote also allows you create note folders where you can group your notes together. So all my talk notes goes in one folder, my healthcare notes in another etc.
It is also great for saving your insurance policies so you can get to them in a jiffy. Because I get a little confused by the names of the policies, (Hello insurance companies please name them for what they are!) I use a simple naming convention I created for my own reference:
For finance, I again use Scannable to scan receipts of products that are under warranty. This is great as Evernote backs up onto the cloud and you'll still have your receipt even if your phone is lost. Also, you'll find all your warranty receipts grouped in one place, giving you peace of mind since these digital receipts do not fade as the real ones can.
The last one is for copying pages in a book. This is particularly useful if you borrowed it from the library and have to return it. Below, you will see that Scannable uses its processing logarithms to optimize the image. For example the text and lines line up in the image on the right but not on the original image on the left. In my (admittedly) limited testing, the process also generally increases contrast.This technology is almost like magic!
|Before and after algorithm processing|
I'm pretty sure there are other even more awesome uses for Evernote. Let me know if you use Evernote for some other purposes! Sharing is caring!