May 268 Posted February 20, 2012 Share Posted February 20, 2012 I see a lot of people want to rely on Evernote for everything and try to use it for more stuff than it is supposed to be used for, e.g. Gtd task management; outlining; budget tracking, and who knows what else and etc. etc. Task management is a close call though, it still could be done reasonably well with just evernote but it's still much more convenient to do it in a dedicated app like Omnifocus. I mean I could also track my budget in just evernote as notes but it's a lot more convenient to do so in a Numbers spreadsheet in which I could use formulas and what not... Basically the dedicated specialized tool would always be better for many reasons. While I do use Evernote as an essential tool to capture and process and organize ALL information in my life, I don't see any real advantage in relying solely on Evernote at all for multiple reasons... The way I use it is - I capture everything with Evernote into an inbox notebook, i.e. all raw and unprocessed information input goes into Evernote inbox. But then during processing some stuff would end up on my gtd action and project lists in Omnifocus, calendar, checklists and etc. or in a Numbers spreadsheet or in a Mind map or an outline and so onand etc. ... Evernote doesn't replace any of those apps... Makes sense, right? Is it possible to not use separate apps and rely only on Evernite for everything - Sure. But there is no advantage in doing so. I still integrate all of those separate apps with Evernote, i.e. I don't have to search for stuff in different places. I still organize everything in Evernote. I don't have to keep everything stored in Evernote exactly to do so. I just have to index everything in Evernote and have it tell me where the actual location of the stuff is (in case it's not in evernote) and also provide a clickable link or a file whenever possible. This way I can see an overview of everything I have about a specific topic or a project in a single place without having to look in multiple different places and without even thinking about where to look for anything. See... it's still organized in one single place and accessible on both mobile and desktop because I use apps which are cross platform and also all stuff which is not kept in Evernote is still backed up in the cloud anyway. I mean... here is even an article about how to organize physical real world stuff in Evernote How to Unclutter with Evernote and Rubbermaid in 4 Steps http://blog.evernote.com/2009/08/26/unclutter-with-evernote-and-rubbermaid-in-4-steps/ It's possible to organize anything in Evernote without even actually storing it there so the possibilities are endless... I see that Evernote team also favors this approach somewhat, i.e. they develop separate apps and integrate them with Evernote instead of trying to add everything directly to Evernote, e.g. Hello, food, peak, skitch... So everyone can pick and use whatever combination of apps he needs... But it's also possible to integrate anything with Evernote besides those apps already anyway. But I still see it all the time that people want to rely on evernote for everything and also suggest more features are added to it to make it more convenient to do stuff which it wasn't even supposed to do in the first place... My thoughts are that a lot of people probably just don't integrate all information from other apps/sources consintently in Evernote, i.e. they don't have a consistent approach to do so and then they end up with stuff being stored in multiple places and then they don't know where to search and have to search in multiple places. Maybe also relying on apps which aren't cross platform but still wanting to use them on different platforms. Also additional problem could be not using any cloud backup solution other than Evernote. And so on. So stuff just falls through the cracks. But it doesn't have to, i.e. it's really up to you whether you optimise your workflow and data management or not... I mean you have to be proactive about it. Just wanted to share my perspective about this, might be just common sense to a lot of people but anyway What are your thoughts? Link to comment
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