Organize Your Business Life With Evernote
If you’ve ever lost an important business card, wracked your brain to remember that website with the great design or struggled to collect three years of sales reports, the free software Evernote can help you organize your business life.
“Small-business owners live and die by the volume of information they need to access,” says Alexandra Samuel, author of Work Smarter with Evernote (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012).
“The time it takes to coordinate all that information into systems can become another job in and of itself.
You can easily spend more time managing tools than tasks. Evernote makes accessing information as easy as possible.”
Evernote works like a bookmarking tool, but instead of generating one long list of sites, it puts information from the web or your computer into notebooks.
For example, if you are doing market research and find an interesting study on the Internet, you can save it in your Research notebook.
Or if you’re planning a business trip, you can store flight and hotel reservation information and conference details in a Trip notebook.
Evernote Business gives your company the tools to collect, discover and share the ideas, research and know-how that create an effortlessly productive workplace.
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Evernote is an awesome productivity tool used for many things like online research, note taking, saving and organizing recipes, event planning, project collaboration and much more. Even if you don’t have an Evernote account, I’m sure that you’ve at least heard of it.
One of the best things about Evernote is that it can be accessed from anywhere such as: your computer desktop (Windows, Mac), your Web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) or your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone).
Evernote Web Tools
There are so many mobile and desktop applications that integrate with Evernote that it’s hard to keep up. Instead, today I want to highlight a few excellent tools that allow you to use Evernote on the Web.
Evernote’s Web clipper is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or as a bookmarklet for any other browser. You can use it to clip any part of a Web page (text, images, links), which makes it great for research.
The Web Clipper automatically grabs the link of the page you’re on, just in case you may have to go back to it later. You can also add tags, comments and select a notebook to put the clip in.
Although the Web Clipper is inferior to the “Evernote Helper” that comes with the desktop versions, it’s great for those that do not want an extra desktop application running or prefer to use Evernote on the Web.
Evernote Clearly lets you read your favorite content on the Web distraction free.
A simple to use browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome Web browsers, Evernote Clearly removes unwanted advertisements, navigation bars, and other distractions with a single click, leaving only the content you care about in a clean, easy to read format.
The Text-to-speech feature in Evernote Clearly (Chrome only) even gives you the choice to have content read back to you when your attention needs to be elsewhere.
With Evernote Clearly you can also quickly clip content directly into your Evernote account to view anywhere you have Evernote installed, giving you an uninterrupted reading experience.
IFTTT (if this,then that)
Ifttt connects two services of your choice to create an automated flow called a recipe. Recipes consist of Triggers and resulting Actions.
You can create your own recipe or use those created by other ifttt users. There’s a near-infinite number of ways to use ifttt. Here are some great Evernote-related recipes.
To get started, create an ifttt account. Next, decide what your first task will be (a world of possibilities!).
In these recipes, a Trigger in Craigslist, Twitter, Gmail, and others will create a new note in your Evernote account.
Here are some of the ways you can use ifttt with Evernote:
- Keep track of searches in Craigslist. Have every new posting that matches your search parameters sent to your Evernote account. [recipe]
- Create a new note in Evernote for every Starred item in Gmail. Don’t miss important emails; send them straight to your Evernote account for followup or reference. [recipe]
- Save your Instagram photos to Evernote. Are you an avid Instagrammer? Use Instagram to create and share your beautiful photos, then ifttt will save a copy of the photo to your Evernote account for easy access. [recipe]
- Send your Favorited Tweets to a Favorite Tweets notebook. Anytime you favorite a tweet, automatically send it to an Evernote notebook where you’ll be able to keep track of your most valuable tweets.
We see infinite possibilities for automating tasks with ifttt to make Evernote even more useful. Have you already created some recipes in ifttt that you’d like to share?