When I started this blog, I needed a place where I can store all my writing ideas. Evernote was the natural choice for this purpose. Evernote calls itself the “digital workspace.” It is sometimes categorized as a note taking program, but I think it goes beyond that. It is about compiling your ideas filtered by you, all easily accessible. There no garbage in or out.
It is difficult to describe what it does. It’s best to start using it and establish your own ideas on how to use it. One aspect that makes it indispensable is the Web Clipper.
You first install the Web Clipper to your browser (follow the link above for IE, Chrome, and Firefox). Say you want to “clip” the article below.
Press the elephant icon in the toolbar. You will see a screen like the one below.
There, you can make adjustments on how you want to save the article. I typically choose the “Simplified Article” because it strips all the ads for uncluttered viewing. Then I save it to my default notebook. A key tip is to add the tag while clipping so that it is easy to retrieve a particular article at a later time.
After a while, you will accumulate all the ideas that you want to use later. This way, you don’t have to go hunting for an article you saw over a year ago. It’s instantly accessible in Evernote.
Check it out!