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Six great ways to use Evernote

The latest notes from my Evernote

1) Blog drafts

Ever have a great idea for a blog post? You don’t want to lose that idea. In Evernote you can quickly jot down those ideas. I have 778 unpublished blog drafts. Anything that will be an idea for a post. A photo. A website link. I’ll copy and paste instant messenger conversations into a note.

Hashtag bonus: If you have multiple blogs, you can tag each note with the blog name. This will help you to easily sort out the blog posts for each blog. 

2) Archive interesting articles

When you read an article you want to save, you can use use the Evernote web clipper to save it. Just click the Evernote icon in Chrome–boom–saved into your “archive” notebook. There has been too many times where later on I wanted to share an interesting article I read, but I couldn’t find it. Now with Evernote, I can just search my “archived articles” notebook.

Hashtag bonus: If the article was originally tweeted by someone I know, I’ll tag the article with the person’s name. 

3) Read later articles

Sometimes you’ll come across an article on your mobile device that you want to read later on your desktop. You can email the link to the article to an “action” notebook. When I’m reading through my RSS reader on the train, and there is an article I wish to read more, I send it to my “action” evernote notebook. There is one email address that I use that sends notes to that “action” notebook.

Hashtag bonus: I also add a hashtag to the subject line of the email, so then in evernote, it’s tagged with an action. Like #tocomment or #toread or #topost or #towatch

4) Archive your blog posts

If you have a blog, why not use Evernote as a complementary backup service? I also have a notebook hooked up to IFTTT, it automatically archives all my new spudart.org posts via RSS.

5) Fav articles

Hook up IFTTT to your RSS reader, so whenever you star an item in your RSS reader, it puts that article into your Evernote.

6) Archive screenshots

If you take lots of screenshots, then Evernote is a great place to store them. Evernote will go into each screenshot and index the text inside the images. Yes! Evernote makes the content of images searchable. About once a month, I take all my screenshots from my dropbox folder and drag them over to my “screenshots” notebook in Evernote.

Would you like a further explanation on any of these six uses? Let me know, and I’ll be glad to put together a longer explanatory blog post with screenshots.

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James
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I’m a tag!

Leigh Hanlon
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Cool tips, Matt. Thanks for sharing! Question: Isn’t — or wasn’t — there a way to have Evernote notes published on a blog?

Leigh Hanlon
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I use Evernote to blend digital and analog workflows. I especially like using my Livescribe smartpen with Evernote. I’ll take notes using Livescribe’s Sky Wifi digital pen and Livescribe’s special paper, then wirelessly sync that content to Evernote. I’ve also used Evernote-branded Moleskine notebooks in which you use your cameraphone to photograph the pagers and upload them to Evernote. In both of these cases, Evernote will allow you to search your handwritten text. It’s also possible to do this by photographing any written or typed document from within the Evernote app. I don’t use all of the Evernote’s capabilities, but… Read more »
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