Philosofy 1 Posted September 1, 2010 Share Posted September 1, 2010 I'd like to see some discussion on using Evernote. I'm just starting, and while Evernote seems very powerful, and will meet most of my needs, its also very flexible. That flexibility might be a hindrance if I start using the program in an inefficient manner. When should I start a new notebook? How many tags do I need? Is a keyword search in a document good enough, or should I tag?Let me start by telling how I use Evernote. I work in sales for a chemical distributor. We sell several types of products to the paint and plastics industry, from several manufacturers (we call the manufacturers "principals".) The reason I bought an iPad is because Evernote will allow me to pull up data when I'm on a sales call, and its much easier than pulling a laptop out. I started out with Evernote by making a different Notebook for each principal. From there, I dragged presentations, literature, MSDS', Tech Data Sheets, etc. into the Notebook. For the presentations, I wrote a quick overview of helpful slides, so in the note you see "Slide 57: good recommendations for application. Slide 72: formulating tips" followed by the link to the file. Another thing I did was take pictures of the back of a pigment fandeck. This is similar to the paint chip samples you see at Home Depot, but the back contains critical information, such as the pigment index number, exterior durability, solvent resistance, particle size, chemistry, etc. Evernote is great: it does its OCR thing, and I don't have to type anything beyond the name of the note. I've been tagging the pigments with the tag PIGMENT, then its COLOR, then its SHADE, then its durability RATING. That way, if someone asks for a green shade yellow pigment, I can bring them up. Or, if someone is making a new automotive paint, I can bring up all the pigments suitable for automotive coatings.I know one thing I have to watch is the word "green." Its not just a color, but a word used to describe environmentally friendly chemicals. So I have a tag called "Environmentally Friendly."Does my strategy seem sound? What strategies do you use, and what do you use Evernote for?Thanks!I only know one person who uses Evernote, and he only has one notebook, and tags the heck out of everything. Link to comment
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