As mentioned the other day, Evernote is my digital brain. And unlike my less efficient 38-year old brain, this one has nearly instant recall.
If you’re anything like me information is abundantly available in your life. In fact it’s coming at us from left, right, front and back all the time. That means it’s sometimes difficult to remember the gems, like:
- That great quote you found on Twitter the other day that would add great insight to your next book
- That great statistic you read in the newspaper this morning that greatly would increase the credibility of your blog post
- That joke that would lighten up the reader or better yet make a memorable connection with them
If you have the same challenges, imagine instead having a proactive system that helps you collect stories/anecdotes, jokes, quotes and data. A system that you easily can pull from when you need these. That’s what Evernote can do.
Consequently Evernote has become my favorite research tool. It simply enables me to collect all the key details that can make a good piece of content come alive and become great.
The challenging part is that it comes down to making it a habit. The habit of clipping good quotes, jokes, etc into Evernote whenever you find them.
So whenever you read a great blog post and see a great quote, just make it a habit to mark the text on your screen and “clip” it with Evernote. Whenever you read a magazine and find an interesting factoid, take a picture with your phone and upload it to Evernote.
Other than getting into the habit, you will need to create folders that makes it easy to organize your findings. For this I created the following four Notebooks in Evernote;
- Stories & Anecdotes.
This makes it easy to later find what I want when I write. One additional aspect that makes Evernote so awesome is that it enables you to add your sources via tags. So all you need to do is to organize the info into easy to find folders and tags.
So my encouragement to you today is to create the four Evernote folders mentioned above. Make it a habit to always clip great stuff you find into Evernote and then scan the Evernote folders before you write. Soon you’ll see the quality of your content increase.
Question: What’s your favorite use for Evernote?
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