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10 More Productive Uses of Evernote

Evernote uses The possible uses of Evernote are endless.  We’ve previously written about 10 ways to use Evernote to unclutter your life, how to use Evernote as a GTD tool, and how to put Evernote to use on your iPhone.  It’s been a while since we’ve talked about our favorite tool, so here are 10 more uses of Evernote for you to consider.  We’d love it if you’d help out, too, and share with us the ways that you use Evernote, down in the comments.



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1.  Keep your email inbox clean

We all have those messages in our email inboxes that we need to keep around, such as a tracking email from an online order, or a domain name renewal reminder from a registrar.  Are you like me, though, and like your inbox to be tidy?  To achieve this, I now forward those emails to Evernote, into a special temporary folder that I check regularly.  When I’m done with a message, I delete it.


2.  Remember your hotel and room number

Most modern hotels don’t print your room number on your room key.  In the past, I would type my room number into my smartphone, so I’d remember where to go at the end of a night.  On my last trip, though, all of the lodging and room information was on a placard next to the phone. I simply snapped a photo of that from within Evernote, and voila, I had easy access to my lodging information.  To top it off, the Evernote iPhone app retains the geotag location from where I took the photo.


3.  Save code snippets

Before Evernote, my Windows desktop was cluttered with notepad notes that were filled with code snippets from web sites on which I was working.  Now, I use Evernote for that.  If I am testing out code, and want to save the original, I place the original code into Evernote.  If I create some code that I might want to use again in the future, I put that into Evernote, too.  Evernote’s tagging features make it easy to locate the code in the future.


4.  Collect blog ideas

As any blogger will tell you, inspiration for posts comes at all times.  That makes Evernote an ideal tool to collect those ideas.  If I’m at my desk, I drop the idea into Evernote, or send an email into Evernote.  If I find a website that triggers an idea, I clip that site into Evernote.  If I’m in the car on on the go, I send a message into Evernote using Dial2Do.  Very rare is the time that I don’t have some sort of method of getting my thoughts into Evernote.


5.  Share private photos

Do you have photos that you need to share with family or friends, but want to otherwise keep private?  You can use a shared Evernote notebook for that.  Place the photos into the notebook, set up the sharing options (including the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share the photos), and you’re all set.  Photos that you place in the notebook will be available to the people you designate, and nobody else.  For now, Evernote requires you to set up sharing using the web client.


6.  Use Evernote as a “read it later” tool

Do you often come across material on the web that you want to save for later reading?  Instapaper and Read It Later are great tools for this, but so is Evernote.  From your computer, use the web clipping tool to send content into Evernote.  On your iPhone, click the “+” symbol while on a web site, and then mail the link to your Evernote account.  Other phones may work in a similar fashion.


7.  Store your temporary information

We all have information that we’ll need for a few days, or perhaps a few weeks.  In the past, I kept scraps of paper sitting about.  Now, I drop that into Evernote.  Maybe it is a receipt, or a confirmation number that someone gave you over the telephone.  On my last trip, I signed up for dial-up internet access, since I was headed to a remote part of Montana.  I looked up my access numbers in advance, and sent them right into Evernote.


8.  Use Evernote as a shopping research tool

When I make a major (or sometimes even a minor) purchase, I perform some considerable research.  I use Evernote for that.  I recently had to find a part for my old laptop’s TV Tuner, and wasn’t sure what I needed.  I combed EBay, and poured over numerous other sites.  Whenever I found a piece of information that looked helpful, I clipped it into Evernote.  That made it easy to pick up with my research at a later time.


9.  Keep track of work research

In my “real life,” I’m a lawyer.  Several times a day, I come across tips or legal research on a particular issue.  I’ve taken to using Evernote as a research database.  I email or clip information on law or precedential cases into Evernote, and then tag it with a “law” tag, along with a tag that is more specific to the particular note.  This really could be helpful in any profession.


10.  Keep track of your travel itinerary

I previously wrote about TripIt in our Travel Guide for Tech Geeks.  TripIt allows you to forward your travel confirmation emails to the TripIt service, and have it appear in an organized fashion in your TripIt account, and in the TripIt iPhone app.  I also use Evernote for this, though.  Call it redundancy, but I like to have all of my travel information in a second place, too.  From car rentals information, to airfare, to lodging information, Evernote does the trick.


What about you?  In what novel ways do you use Evernote?  Help us out by sharing in the comments.