I was in Michael’s the other day helping my girlfriend look for some supplies for her class. While perusing the paints, markers, rubber stamps and poster board, I saw a canvas print that gave me an idea for my personal office (when I get one.) Once I get my personal office, I think it’d be neat to print my logo out of canvas to hang on the wall. I didn’t want to lose this stroke of inspiration, and I didn’t have my handy notepad with me, so what was I to do?
I took out my iPhone, opened my Evernote application, took a picture of the canvas, tagged it as “Personal Office”, wrote a note about printing my logo, and saved it. Just like that, my idea was on my work computer, my home computer, the internet and my phone. I have no chance of losing it now.
I learned about Evernote through Lifehacker. It’s tagline boasts “Remember Everything” and it’s pretty darn close to fulfilling that. With Evernote, you can write in your thoughts, upload pictures and files that inspire ideas, and organize everything into a manageable database. It also comes with a slick bookmark that is similar to the bookmark you use to weblinks things on Facebook. If you find something you like, you can easily click the “Clip to Evernote” bookmark, and it automatically puts it there.
The beauty of Evernote is that it syncs across multiple venues. There’s a web application, a desktop application and a mobile application. So no matter where you are, you’ll be able to capture your thoughts and have them end up in every place you need it. It puts everything at your fingertips in a very organized and accessible way.
I love this as a way to tag and organize your inspiration. Plus, with the tagging feature, you can organize your posts into specific categories. Right now, I have tags for “personal office”, “work”, “inspiration and motivation”, and I just started a “website article” tag to post different weblinks and articles that I can write about on here. And I plan on adding a lot more tags as I turn Evernote into my personal database of ideas and inspiration. I’m really looking forward to utilizing it.
I especially like the iPhone app for capturing those things that spark an idea while you’re in the go. With the iPhone app, you can write notes, take pictures, record voice notes, even take pictures of notes and have them translated into text. Random thoughts and ideas strike me pretty much everywhere – in the car, surfing the web, walking through Michael’s – and this give me a way to make sure I don’t miss a thing. I still carry my notepad with me, but now I can take a picture of it and upload it to Evernote so all my ideas are in one place.
Now if only they had a way to catch ideas while in the shower…