Evernote posted this huge blog post about how to use Evernote to capture, store and use the information and ideas one reads, finds, thinks about, receives, discovered, stumbles upon, has recommended to them, and otherwise crosses paths with in the day-to-day.
I’ve written before about how I keep everything in Evernote. I’ve gotten into the habit of just storing everything there. A while back a friend asked for notes I had on a particular topic and in about 15 minutes I gave her about 10-12 resources that I had collected over time on that topic. I can’t tell how times I’ve wanted to go deeper on a subject and I’ve just search in Evernote and found where I’ve already saved a bunch of articles on the subject.
This blog post entitled, “Evernote and the Brain: Designing Creativity Workflows” completely nails it for me. This is how I think and work. I don’t use the tags feature as much as this article suggests but instead use search. I’ve written about my thinking on search a while back. I use folders in Evernote, but even that is perhaps no longer as useful as what I thought when I began. I’m mostly convinced I could combine all the folders into one (or a small number) and just use search to find what I wanted. I do use a tag called, ‘favs’ for some articles that really connected with me. Rarely, I’ll create a tag or folder for a specific, short-term project but that is not the norm.
A lot of things cross my desk and if something catch my eye then I will likely post a tweet about. If it is particularly good or in an area that I want to keep thinking about, I’ll also send it to Evernote. Related, I save my Kindle highlights into Evernote so I can find some quote or nugget that caught my eye one day, perhaps years earlier.
Over time, this collection of articles and notes, now over 2400 in size becomes a priceless resource to me on things that I find interesting or useful. This is what computers are really all about, helping us connect the dots and helping us see insights that wouldn’t otherwise be as easily reached.