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8 Ways to Use Evernote to Rock Your Career

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You’ve probably heard of Evernote – the note-taking app — and its rather cultish following. What you probably didn’t know though, is the hundreds of little-known uses that can really help make shaping your career that much easier.

Here are eight ways to use Evernote to inspire your work, create a rock solid network and manage projects with ease:

1. Take notes… for everything

I used to be a pen and paper kind of girl, but most of us type faster than we talk. Since no one likes having heaps of documents lying around, Evernote is the best way to take notes at meetings, catch-ups with bosses or even when you’re on the train in the morning or en-route to a meeting.

Tag them with the appropriate project or client you’re working on and thank me later.

2. Pen and paper notes

Still love using a notebook? Me too. I have a purple pen and like to draw flowers in the margins during Important Business Dealings.

But raise your hand if you hate flipping through page after page trying to find something you know you wrote about last month. With Evernote, take photos of each page and save it to a dedicated notebook. Evernote can actually search image text, so next time you want to find Project Cobra in your old notes, you can easily search through it without actually flipping anything.

3. Passwords

If you use a computer – and who doesn’t these days? – you probably have an absurd amount of passwords.

Evernote is a great way to save logins for various websites, YouTube channels, social media accounts, etc. They’re easily searchable so I know I’ve saved heaps of time not hunting down passwords whenever I log in and out of something.

4. Project management

If you have a premium account with Evernote, you can share notes with coworkers. It’s been good to have a checkbox list I share with the team so we can all see what has and hasn’t been done.

And another perk: it’s way easier to use than other project management software out there.

5. Inspiration

What inspires you? Blog post ideas? Website designs? Innovative advertisements?

Use Evernote to jot down things you love to motivate you at work. It might even spark some ideas for that project you’re supposed to be working on.

6. Business contacts

Rather than losing business cards in your pursue or wallet, take photos as you receive them. Leave yourself a note about where you met this person, what they look like and any interesting information about the meeting.

This is an awesome way to bring back memories of your conversation so you can meaningfully connect with these new contacts later, when you’re ready to wow them with a unique and personalized LinkedIn invite.

(Oh, and Evernote is on their shit and created Evernote Hello, which makes this process much easier.)

7. Resources

Use Evernote to write down the best printer, stationary store, sushi restaurant or phone repair place near your office. That way you’ll never forget where you went last time and loved AND your coworkers will love you when they ask for advice.

8. Receipts

Take photos of receipts or any expenses you need to share with your boss. When you hand over the receipt, you now have an easy way of tracking everything – and it’s less time-consuming than a scanner.

Do you use Evernote? How’s it going for you? Any new ideas to add to our list?

Marian Schembari is a blogger, traveler and all-around social media thug. She’s based in Auckland, New Zealand, hails from Connecticut and blogs at marianlibrarian.com.

Brazen powers real-time, online events for leading organizations around the world. Our lifestyle and career blog, Brazen Life, offers fun and edgy ideas for ambitious professionals navigating the changing world of work.

  • http://twitter.com/InisLovely Inis Lovely

    Evernote is fabulous! Create a shareable notebook for your portfolio, resume and/or references to give potential employers and clients instant access.

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      Love it! Inis, that’s an awesome idea.

  • http://twitter.com/finym Finy

    Password on evernote is a bad idea, its equivalent to sticky notes on your monitor. There’s password manager addon available for most browsers

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    The resume is the first step to a long course towards achieving our goal, and our first step not only requires stability but also ample preparation.

  • Charles Knight

    I love evernote but I wouldn’t use it for password management, that’s a terrible idea.

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      I’m not talking bank accounts here, I’m talking about the 50 different Twitter passwords that, sure, would be a shame if it got hacked, but isn’t worth the $60 per month for a proper password manager.

      • Anonymous

        Try LastPass, its free and a lot better at password management than Evernote. It’s got great security and has its own browser plugins so it detects when you are at an appropriate website and will fill in the details for you (if that’s what you want it to do).

        • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

          Awesome, thanks! I’ll definitely check it out.

          • Charles Knight

            The paid version of lastpass is $12 a month and certainly worth it.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CFHSCG5TYOPQLN7NBVTSHRIVHQ Thom Parkin

            I think you mistyped, Charles.
            LastPass costs $12 a YEAR. A real bargain.
            It is secure, simple, and so, so handy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359159679 Libby King McCullough

      Does anyone know how secure Password Corral is?

  • Bill MacPhee

    I take notes at meetings, snap a photo of the handouts, then throw the paper away. But I also love the Scansnap scanner saving directly into Evernote. I am part of the cult.

  • http://TheBORG.me The_BORG

    I agree with Finy & Charles. Definitely a bad idea! Use 1Password. It’s much better than Evernote for passwords.

  • Gwendolyn Fyfe

    I have an evernote to do list every day at work, headed up with the date. Not only do I get the satisfaction of ticky boxes, but I also have a central record of what date I did things (like send out time-sensitive documents or chase a payment), and it also lets me see what kind of tasks are staying on the list for days on end.

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      Love those tick boxes!

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  • Jrandom42

    So here’s the question: What can you do with Evernote that you can’t do with Microsoft OneNote? Been using OneNote since 2003.

    • blaite

      Use it on my Android phone with ease

      • Jrandom42

        Hate Android phones only slightly less than iPhones. Use the web version of OneNote whenever I use a non-Windows platform

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      I’ve never used OneNote, but from what I’ve read, Evernote is better for basic text notes as its interface is much cleaner. Apparently OneNote syncs to audio/video playback and indexes words for later search, so it’s definitely the winner there.

      From my research, Evernote grew so fast in popularity due to its ease of use and cross-platform compatibility. Hope this helps!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1224450321 Brittany Berger

    One word of caution about managing your passwords with Evernote since your computer could be infected with malware/spyware, your password can be stolen, and if someone gains access to a phone or computer with the app installed, they may not even need to enter the password to get access to your account.

    I manage my passwords with Evernote but do not actually have any passwords recorded in it. Instead, I only record hints that will easily refresh my memory but hopefully won’t allow anyone else to guess it. After all of the recent scares (LinkedIn, Last.fm, etc.) I’m working on changing all of my passwords since I’ve been lazy in the past and only have a few different passwords. Evernote will be the key to this new project working!

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