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Richard E Davies

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  1. I have just started to use Evernote and I am so impressed with it that I decided to share my experience. I have always taken notes in a variety of books. A4,A5-hardback,spiral bound.That’s also been where I have stored by to-dos. A book has usually lasted 6 months. At the end I keep the old books but hardly ever look back at them. On occasion, I have left my note book in another country no business trips. I then felt a bit exposed. That note book helped my short-term memory. It had my emerging ideas. It’s a serious loss ! The other drawback with physical paper note books is it’s not easy to find things. My quickly scribbled notes are not easy to read and diagrams that are made in haste may have made sense on the day, but 6 months later I struggle to recall what I must have been thinking. For important meetings, I often will “type up” these notes for emails, word docs or PowerPoint. I’m sure that everybody relates to this “old way” of working. This way of working is a habit but the world is changing and I’ve changed many things. But this is one area where I know I’ve not been as productive as I could be. I saw a very insightful quote in a recent internet trends presentation by KPCB which says that we’re at a point where there’s a “Re-imagination of nearly everything – powered by new devices and connectivity.” This applies to note taking. <See the whole presentation on Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/kpcb-internet-trends-2012> This prompted me to find out more about Evernote and now that I’m a “convert”, I’ve started to use Evernote to take notes, save interesting web pages, create to-dos, attach images and PDFs etc. The killer feature is the syncing. All of this might be really obvious to Evernote veterans, but it's all new to me !! I'd like to hear any tips that you have for getting the most out of Evernote.
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