12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered

I have been using Evernote since early 2008, when it was still in private beta. Since then, it has truly become my digital brain.

Evernote Running on My iPad

My Evernote Packing List

Evernote is one of those rare apps I can’t seem to outgrow. I am always finding new uses for it.

In this post, I want to share twelve ways to use Evernote you might find useful, and perhaps, even surprising.

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  1. Keep your medical records. I keep my doctors’ names and contact information, medications and vitamins, surgeries and illnesses in a single note. This comes in handy whenever I go to a new doctor.

  2. Record your license plates. I don’t need this information often, but when I do, I can never remember it. Now I just have a photo for each of my cars.

  3. Subscribe to email newsletters. I don’t need more information cluttering up e-mail inbox, so I subscribe using my Evernote email address. (You can find this under Evernote | Account Info.) The newsletters get funneled directly into my database.

  4. Take a photo of your printer cartridge. I buy this infrequently enough that I can never remember my printer model, let alone what cartridge I need. With a photo, I can quickly reference it at Costco or my local office supply.

  5. Save important email messages. I generally file all my email messages in a singular archive folder. However, occasionally, I want to save a message related to a specific project. I simply forward it to Evernote and add the appropriate tags.

  6. Collect reader and listener questions. Whenever someone writes or calls with a question I have not answered, one of my assistants records it in Evernote and adds a “questions” tag. Then when I am looking for blog post or podcast episode inspiration, I review the list.

  7. Maintain a packing list. I hate getting to my destination and realizing that I forgot something. That’s why I maintain a comprehensive packing list in Evernote. Here’s the actual list if you want to see what I include.

  8. Snap pictures of your child’s art. I got this idea from ShefsKitchen. She takes pictures of her kid’s art and then discards the paper. I have just started doing this with my grandkids. (Psst: Don’t tell them.)

  9. Clip web pages to read later. Whenever I come across an article or post I want to read later, I use the Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome. I add a “read later” tag, that way I can get to these clips with a simple saved search. When I have read it, I remove this tag.

  10. Record my best haircut. Occasionally, I am unable to book my favorite stylist. The first question the new one asks is, “So how do you want me to cut your hair?” Rather than tell them, I just show them. “Make it look like this.”

  11. Save speaker resources. I use Evernote to save all my personal anecdotes, illustrations, case studies, quotes, jokes, and statistics. (These are the actual tags I use.) I store these in a shared notebook called Speaking Resources, so my teammates can add to it.

  12. Collect items for meetings. I create a tag for each upcoming meeting. It includes the date and a brief description (e.g., “2014-07-11 – World Domination Summit”). Then, as I create notes about the meeting or receive emails, I simply tag them. I can then sort the tags by name to put them in date order.

This hardly scratches the surface, but hopefully, it will stimulate a few ideas. The more you use Evernote, the more useful it becomes.

By the way, I have written twelve more posts about Evernote. Here is a handy index for all of them.

Question: What is an interesting way that you use Evernote? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Kim_Avery

    Brilliant, Michael! 11 of these 12 hadn’t occurred to me yet. As a productivity geek, I love finding new ways to be more effective and efficient, and you just saved me from some potential slow downs in my future. Thank you for always sharing your unique blend of creativity and practicality. It hits home every time.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kim. So glad it was valuable.

      • taylor_pipes

        Hello Michael, I am a content writer for Evernote and would love to feature some of these tips on our blog. Would that be OK? We have featured various iterations of these tips, but you have a few (capture children’s art and best haircut) that I would love to write about for a post this week.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          You bet, Taylor. Thanks.

  • http://www.cpataxshop.com Steven Heizmann, CPA

    Do you ever use OneNote by Microsoft? I’ve been using that forever, am I missing out on features in Evernote?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I downloaded the new OneNote version. It is beautiful and has some nice features, but I didn’t find it as robust as Evernote.

      • http://www.sajigroup.com/blog Saji Ijiyemi

        I downloaded the new OneNote too but I think Microsoft came late to the party. I’m glued to Evernote now and it’s good to have everything in one place.

      • http://www.latinosbehindthelens.com/about/ Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

        I have tried OneNote and it’s a very nice application. There are some features that I did find useful. But I find Evernote more useful. Perhaps because I have dedicated so much time in getting it the way I want it.

        BTW, @mhyatt:disqus I am currently listening to focus@will — um, I think this music things really works :-)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Great to hear about Focus@Will.

        • Pete Larson

          The thing I do like about OneNote better is the structure of notebooks – tabs – pages. It jives more with the way my mind works.

          • http://www.latinosbehindthelens.com/about/ Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

            I can totally agree with that sentiment. OneNote lends itself very nicely to brainstorming and then helping to organize those thoughts.

          • Tom

            SimpleMind is a great brainstorming tool. I’ve yet to jump in with Evernote, but am more interested after reading these tips.

          • http://www.latinosbehindthelens.com/about/ Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

            Evernote is rather awesome but there is a learning curve.

            The key to Evernote is to use it the way you work. Basically, create folders that best defines your workflow.

            For example, Personal, Professional, Taxes, Blog Ideas, Content, etc. And use one folder (i.e. Inbox) where everything goes to for triage.

            Jamie Todd Rubin (Evernote Ambassador) has great deep dives on how he uses Evernote — http://www.jamierubin.net/going-paperless/.

            If you have any specific questions please ask. Good luck!

    • Eric Leszkowicz

      I think evernote could have been surpassed by OneNote, but Microsoft never made it cloud based in the beginning and they especially never advertised it.

      The difference lies with how you organize. IF you need intense integration to Microsoft products, then OneNote would be worth a look. However, Evernote and its many integrations leads the pack IMHO.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Good insight, Eric. I appreciate your differentiation between the two.

  • http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines Robert Talbert

    To the suggestion about license plates (which is great) I’d add, record your drivers license as well. I recently lost my drivers license (physically, that is — it fell out of my wallet) and to get a replacement I had to give the DMV my drivers license number! Somehow I had managed to think of putting a photo of the license in Evernote and so it wasn’t a big deal. But I’m not sure if I had actually recorded that number anywhere else. An Evernote photo of one’s license isn’t official, of course, but at least it has all the data you need.

    Now, recording the perfect haircut? That somehow crosses a line of geekhood, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great suggestion. I have actually done this, along with all my credit cards. It saved me a few months ago when I went to the ”Will Call” desk for a concert to pick up my tickets. Somehow, I didn’t have my driver’s license with me. I pulled it up in Evernote, and it saved the day.

      • http://markstruczewski.com/ Mark Struczewski

        Michael…I know is slightly off-topic but have you heard of Dashlane? I switched to them from LastPass because they seem to be a better product (I’ve been using LastPass for years). I have my debit cards in Dashlane but they are encrypted and password protected.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yes, I have, but I haven’t tried it. The main reason I use LastPass is because I can share passwords with assistants without actually sharing the password with them. In other words, they can use it, but they can’t see it.

          • http://clarkhighland.com SeoDamian

            This (how you share passwords with assistants) would be a great post, or at least further exploration here.

            I have often wondered how to deal with the multiple levels of security and sharing in a world where everything seems to assume a ‘one to one’ approach to passwords and accounts, when we ‘share’ appropriately all the time.

            BitLiteracy starts the conversation, but typically assumes a one-to-one approach to passwords and accounts.

          • John Sherwood

            Whoa, I didn’t know that was possible! Thank you!

    • http://markstruczewski.com/ Mark Struczewski

      I’m one of those weird people who have their license number memorized. Probably because when I was searching for a job, I had to write it so many times. But good idea nonetheless.

    • Norival Trindade Jr.

      I beg to differ. It really depends on your hair, how it deals with lousy haircuts. For those of us with rebel hair, this may have been the best suggestion. Or, maybe I too crossed that invisible line.

    • Frank Degenaar

      Now if I can just get a haircut that’s worth taking a photo of! That would be useful as a foreigner in Brazil where it’s difficult to explain these types of technical things. I’m thinking… search Google images for a celebrity lookalike that has the hairstyle I want… save to Evernote.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        I have literally done that very thing!

        • Frank Degenaar

          I thought of using your Disqus icon, but alas, it’s a tad bit tiny ;-)

  • Shaun Cavanaugh

    Haha, great tips. I love the one about the haircut. I’ve done similar in the past except I’ll take a printed picture in with me. Thanks for the great posts and podcasts!

    • http://markstruczewski.com/ Mark Struczewski

      Should I take a picture of my haircut, too? LOL

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Yes, that would be perfect! ;-)

      • Roy Gathercoal

        You ought to be able to connect Evernote with a 3D printer to create the hair you want. . . it ought to be possible.

  • Rick

    Michael
    Great tips.
    A question. Do you worry that you are creating too many tags? For some reason, I probably haven’t created as many as I should because I have worried about the list getting too large and out of hand. How do you think about this?
    Thanks,
    Rick

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope. I keep them all organized in hierarchical lists. I have dramatically reduced the number of notebooks I use. I find tags more flexible.

      • Alan

        Just to jump on this topic to share a real world example that helped me see the benefits of tags v/s notebooks. I had a separate notebook for each of my three children. But with two of the kids in the same school I was making duplicate notes in each of their notebooks. Eventually I created a tag for each child’s name and poured all the notes into one notebook named “Kids”. Same data – different arrangement. All data just as searchable as before and no duplicates necessary.

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    Great ideas, Michael. I like the one about email newsletters. I’ll have to give that one a try. I like to do most of my planning on paper, but Evernote makes it easy to scan and record my notes digitally. The OCR function makes finding words and text easy. Best of both worlds. My biggest problem with Evernote… digital clutter. Just like in real life, it’s often hard to know what to keep and what to delete. I created a recycle notebook to put items in that are taking up space, but I may need someday.

  • http://orraclemedia.com/ Rob Orr

    “subscribe to email newletters” – Very interesting idea. I’m assuming you probably don’t have too many newsletters coming in, otherwise it would seem to get a bit unwieldy.

    I’ve been using a dedicated email address and filter in Gmail to filter all that stuff down, which has made it easier to manage.

    I always love hearing how you’re using Evernote – I never fail to learn something new!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s correct: I only subscribe to a handful of newsletters. However, I don’t really think it has to be unwieldy, regardless of the number. I rely on Evernote’s search function to find what I am looking for, so there is no real reason to organize them further.

      • http://orraclemedia.com/ Rob Orr

        I love search too – I couldn’t live without it. I would love to see how you’ve got your tags set up if you ever want to share that!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I do plan to write a post on that; hopefully, soon.

      • Ryan

        Mike, I’m interested in knowing why you subscribe to newsletters via Evernote rather than simply using RSS. If there is an article that’s worth filing, I’ll have it sent from Feedly => Evernote or Pocket => Evernote.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I just enter in my Evernote address. You can also create a special-purpose email account (like newsletters@) and then auto-forward from that to Evernote.

          • Gary Sorensen

            Using forwarders to your Evernote address instead of the address itself makes a LOT more sense. However, I’d be even more unique than newsletters@. I’ve set up individual forwarders to be used specifically for subscribing to the most famous of Internet marketers….only to find out that they sold me out to junk lists just like the devil himself. Delete the forwarder -and poof demon dust.

    • http://markstruczewski.com/ Mark Struczewski

      I’ve actually UNSUBSCRIBED from most of my email newsletters (not yours, Michael). Instead, I subscribe via Feedly. Which is ironic since I am growing my own email list. Hypocrite? That’s me. LOL

  • http://www.mattheweathers.com Matthew Weathers

    Great stuff. Really like the subscribe to email newsletters. One of the ways I use Evernote is to jot down student grades when I’m assessing them during PE class outside. Keep the Evernote posts coming!

  • John Paul

    Im gonna put this post about evernote in my evernote ;)

  • claudiavolkman

    Great post, Michael! Not only did I save it to my Productivity notebook using the web clipper, I also clicked on your packing checklist and EN gave me the option of adding that to my notebooks (I put it in my InBox for now). I’m working my way through all your EN posts…

  • briteidea

    The 1 tip I would add to this is creating a triage notebook. I use an @READ notebook that Chrome Clipper and my Doxie scanner all go into. Then, I can rapidly research a topic and get it into Evernote where I can review it later when time permits.

    Great idea about the packing lists. I have 8 of them for all of our different Boy Scout Events for the boys.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great idea on the Triage notebook.

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

    I love being able to use photos as a record of just about anything–something I don’t do enough of. Several good ideas here, thanks!

    • http://clarkhighland.com SeoDamian

      I find taking photos of the presenters at talks (even if they are grainy zoom shots) helps anchor the event and makes the notes more useful later when looking them up.

      Insurance cards are also helpful to keep in the great EN stack.

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    Oh, the packing list and the haircut-what great suggestions! Thank you for another of those forehead slapping moments. :-)
    We used Evernote when we moved to keep track of everything: potential places to live, neighborhood information, mover contact info, boxes and contents, etc. It was invaluable, especially because it was accessible whether I was at home or on the road.

  • Alex Wilson

    Oh Evernote how I love thee, let me count the ways…
    1. Storing all travel information for my current trip as well as reference info such as train schedules
    2. Combined with Drafts, I forward items to a “Research Further” folder in Evernote which I consult when I have free moments.
    3. Combined with Drafts, I forward items and append them to a document in Evernote for quick tasks to do.
    4. Track ideas for new classes I want to develop I am an EMS educator)
    5. Collect and review research for new classes I write such as articles, papers, etc.
    6. When I was taking college classes, I managed all important class information in a note
    7. I volunteer as my local areas emergency management coordinator. When we have major storm damage, I use Evernote to log damage details and photos for every residence affected. Makes it very easy to submit to FEMA.
    8. Recording all business meeting notes
    9. Project notes are stored in a note for each project I manage
    10. Track my reading list so I can remember if I have read a particular book
    11. Track all software license codes for the variety of software tools I use, along with links to their websites, support contacts, etc
    12. Store all course outlines and details for the courses I can present. Stored in a format that is easy to email out to clients for gem to review before booking.

    And many many more things. It is my portable reference book.

  • http://mattdsimpson.com/ Matt D. Simpson

    LOVE the idea of subscribing to email newsletters via your Evernote email address! Brilliant (and efficient) way to declutter your inbox!

  • T*Pow

    These are great ideas. I’ve used the Contacts app to track many of them since the days of the Palm Pilot. Other things to track similarly:
    * church service schedules,
    * commuter train schedules,
    * frequent flier/car rental/hotel affinity account numbers,
    * car stats beyond license plate numbers (VIN, wiper blade sizes, tire sizes and pressures, inspection/registration expiration dates),
    * small engine data (lawnmower/generator/pressure washer make, model, spark plug model, oil type, gas/oil mix ratio, last oil change date)
    * good restaurants in cities you visit frequently (or infrequently)

    • http://clarkhighland.com SeoDamian

      Some great suggestions. Photos of books I find interesting at the library but want to order when at home (or at book store to check out at the library) is a similar use I have been using.

      Taking photos of the wiper blade boxes and other key buys is slowly getting integrated into my habits.

      I also record all my travel information into a separate notebook that gets put on local when traveling out of my cell coverage (international).

  • http://stefgonzaga.com/ Stef Gonzaga

    Thanks for this Michael! I use Evernote to save research materials, list down potential ideas or topics for writing projects, and have recently started saving my kids’ prescriptions and their pediatrician’s contact #s. Super handy!

    I’ll definitely give #3 and #6 a try. I receive quite a handful of newsletters, and some of these have info I’d want to return to.

  • Joe

    Michael I am concern about the Evernote cloud. Is it safe to upload personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank passwords, financial information. Couldn’t that be breached?

    • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

      I’ve been worried about this, too. But Evernote now has 2-factor authorization. There were articles posted about this after their security breach last March, and more posted in October. Happily, it’s gotten easier since those articles were written. I just used Google Authenticator to enable two-factor authorization on Evernote for my laptop, iPad and iPhone. It only took about 10 minutes. Log in on your Evernote account on a brower, look under your account, then under security summary.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        This is good to know. Thanks.

        • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

          However, my husband (my resident IT guy & PhD computer scientist) says that Evernote, in house, does not encrypt our data, so unlike Mozy and 1Password, an Evernote employee could access our data. So I never put in information that could help someone steal from me.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            I have written a post on Evernote data security here: Is Your Data Safe in Evernote?

          • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

            Thank you. I thought I had seen that article, but I was looking at another. Good idea about only storing sensitive stuff locally.

      • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

        You’re right, Kathy. I’ve used this 2-step authorization, and it’s a breeze. The code is sent to my cell phone and I just type it in. Easy and secure.

        • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

          More secure, but still not encrypted on Evernote’s data farms. Please see my comment below.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            If I have something really sensitive, I just store it in Evernote locally, so it’s not on the Cloud (e.g., my tax returns). These are not documents I need on every device, so it works fine.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Have a look at this post I wrote about that: Is Your Data Safe in Evernote?

  • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

    I use Evernote to save photos of tags on clothes that come in many sizes and model names and numbers. When I want another pair of those great jeans, I can see exactly what to ask for.

  • http://www.learndifferently.com/ Kathy Kuhl

    When I see something wacky, unusual, or lovely that would make a great blog illustration or inspiration, I save a photo of it in Evernote.

  • http://codyburleson.com/ Cody Burleson

    Nice tips. In particular – subscribing to email newsletters using your Evernote email so they come straight into Evernote; I did not know you could do that! In this post, you mention the Evernote We Clipper for Chrome. The one I personally like a little better than that one is Clearly. Clearly makes blog posts, articles, and web pages easy to read by stripping out all of the auxiliary navigation, elements, and advertisements – and then allows you to easily add that cleaned view to Evernote. If you haven’t tried that one also, check it out.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Actually, the Evernote web clipper has a Clearly-like feature built in. It is called “Simplified Article.” Thanks.

      • http://codyburleson.com/ Cody Burleson

        And now that I look at it, a whole handful of other interesting features (highlighter, marker, arrow, type tool, pixelator). I’m not sure what the heck this “stamp” tool does, but… OK… you’re right; the clipper does everything Clearly does and more. Thanks!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Evernote doesn’t stand still. I have never seen a company release more updates then they do, without messing it up for everyone. They are an awesome company.

  • http://www.jonathangaby.com/ Jonathan Gaby

    Great ideas, Michael! I especially like the one to use your Evernote email for all those newsletters. One of the things you shared previously was to use the reminder function for notes to act upon something in the future. That’s been a real help at home and in the office! Thanks again for great tips!

  • Joshua Schukman

    Ha – this is excellent Michael! Evernote is that little tool that I had always really wanted, but never really knew it until my paper quote books got too full, and I lost track of all my ideas for blog posts, businesses, and other inspirational things that happen each and every day.

  • http://www.ScrivenerCoach.com/ Scrivener Coach

    Great list Michael! My ears always perk up when I hear “Evernote” haha. I love the idea of subscribing to email newsletters using your Evernote email address. Brilliant!

  • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

    Great tips @mhyatt:disqus.

    I’ve implemented a number of these – the one that I didn’t think of was #3. Instead, I was getting the email to my Inbox and then processing using IFTT.com.

    Thanks for saving me an extra step!

  • http://stevespring.org sespring

    These are great tips Michael. I really like the idea of using my Evernote email address to subscribe to newsletters. This automates the process of reviewing them and forwarding them to my Evernote account. Thanks again!

  • http://www.faughnfamily.com/ Adam Faughn

    I use the license plate suggestion, too. It’s so helpful for traveling.

    One use I incorporate is for my sermons, but this would work for anyone who has to make different speeches or presentations often. I have Evernote set up to sync with that folder on my pc (the folder is just called “Sermon Outlines”). Anytime I hit “save” on the sermon, it automatically syncs to Evernote. That way, I not only have all my sermons backed up, but I also have every revision. Additionally, I don’t have to learn a new program, but I can still just type up the outlines in Word, which I’m already used to.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    I have a note that keeps most of my blog posts in a “Tweet-able” format. That way when I want to re-Tweet my posts each day to social media, I copy the three posts at the top, schedule them in Buffer, then put the posts at the bottom to work their way up again. Each new post goes on the bottom as well. For holiday or date-specific posts, I keep them at the very top and assign a note reminder. Here’s the note if you’d like to see what I mean.

    I realize I could pay to automate this in SocialOomph, but I’d rather save the money. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great idea, Wayne. I do something similar but not with Evernote. I have a file of tweets to my favorite posts and now use SMQueue to batch schedule them. It’s only $10 a month.

  • http://www.YearOfWriting.Com Omar Khafagy

    I’ll offer at least one reason NOT to use your Evernote email address as the one you use to subscribe to newsletters with:

    If any of the companies that manage subscriptions (Aweber, ConstantContact, iContact or otherwise) gets compromised, your permanent Evernote email address could be used to send spam to.

    Sound paranoid? Aweber had a compromise in 2010 that saw them lose lots of that information.

    Evernote is not equipped with a spam filter. Imagine someone sending THOUSANDS of emails to your Evernote account and you not having any way to deal with them?

    Here’s another way to achieve the same thing: register a ‘subscription email address’ and set up a filter on the account so that all incoming email is forwarded to Evernote and tagged.

    This adds the ability to automatically tag items by setting up a subject line with the appropriate information. Like this:

    Subject: @Subscriptions

    There’s also another advantage… let’s say you have the email user name of “subscribe”.

    You could, using Gmail, subscribe to email newsletters using this: writing+subscribe[at]yourcompanynamedotcom.

    Then set up a *specific filter* for writing+subscribe that sends the newsletter to the notebook ‘subscribe’ and tags it ‘writing’.

    More to setup, but safer and even more efficient.

    If anyone’s interested, I could write an article about how to do this (and how I personally use it). I’d be happy to also provide a quick little screencast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great suggestions, Omar. Thanks for the detail.

      • http://www.YearOfWriting.Com Omar Khafagy

        You’re welcome Michael! Glad I got the chance to give back to your site and community. :)

  • http://www.livetodaycourageously.com/ TJ Fruichantie

    These tips are fantastic! I especially like numbers 1 – 3. I created a forward filter in Gmail for some of the newsletter I receive, but never thought of actually signing up with my Evernote address. I’ll also be taking pics of my license plates, driver license, and car registration.

    That leads me to a question, Michael. What are some things you DON’T keep in Evernote?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t use to keep files, but I have no figured out how to reference local files, so they open with a click. Honestly, there’s not much I don’t keep in Evernote.

      • http://www.livetodaycourageously.com/ TJ Fruichantie

        Referencing local files is a great idea. How do you do that? Do you sync them with Evernote or just keep them local for easy searching? I’ve been wondering about keeping important documents such as Social Security cards, birth certificates, etc.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          You can scan PDFs directly into Evernote. Same for other images.

          For other documents that you store locally, you will need to copy the path. This is a little geeky, but I use Finder on my Mac to locate the file, select it, and then run this AppleScript:
          tell application “Finder” to set s to selection as alias list
          if s is {} then return
          set out to “”
          repeat with f in s
          set out to out & POSIX path of f
          end repeat
          set the clipboard to “file://” & out
          set variableWithSoundName to “Glass”
          display notification “Path Copied” with title “Message” subtitle “” sound name variableWithSoundName
          I assigned the script to a keystroke using iKey.

          Back in Evernote, I highlight the text I want to use (usually the filename), and the paste in the link. Now, whenever I click on the link, that file opens.
          Note: this does not sync the actual file, so the link will not work on other devices unless you have the file in the exact same location, which is unlikely.

          • http://www.livetodaycourageously.com/ TJ Fruichantie

            Thanks Michael.

  • Dave Edwards

    Michael – I appreciate these tips and hope others share theirs. Many years ago, Michael, I sought your advice as I was a confirmed One Note user. On your recommendation, I started using Evernote and have never turned back. I not only use it for reference, but I manage all of my work projects and keep track of projects being handled by others with a system I’ve developed using Evernote. I used it as a keeper of my to-do lists using a modified GTD approach and seem to find new ways of integrating into my life. So keep the tips coming everyone…..much appreciated.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Dave. So glad it is working out so well for you.

  • Susan Bailey

    Your list is hilarious, I can totally relate! I work as a marketing assistant in a real estate firm and need to have the contact information for all our brokers at my fingertips – Evernote makes that very easy. I am writing two books right now and keep a lot of my research notes on Evernote. Sometimes I just take quick pics with my phone of important pages in books I’m reading and paste them into my notes on Evernote. Love this app!

  • http://www.chriswalkerlive.com/ Chris Walker

    Great tips Michael! There are several here that I have never thought of. The newsletter one is great. I am going to setup my email newsletters to forward to Evernote automatically and delete out the email so I do not have to give my Evernote address out.

  • Susan Crawford

    I love your list! I currently use my contacts list in Microsoft Exchange for almost every single item you mention above haha! As I begin to use Evernote and shift more and more away from my employer’s MS Exchange, I can definitely see the value of using Evernote! Love it so far. As always, thank you for the generous information.

  • T. Folds

    Great list. I was diagnosed with a fairly rare medical condition a few years back that required many specialist visits. I started forwarding test results, labs, MRI findings to Evernote. If a doctor wanted the results, I had them. I even introduced a few doctors to Evernote because of the features. In addition, during hospital stays I would record medications, IV changes and other information. It was as easy as taking a picture of the id tag on the medications. The nurses have to scan this (or record it) anyway. I would just ask to photo it. This was a great tool during billing conversations.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Wow. Great idea.

  • http://bennybaggott.tumblr.com/ Benny Baggott

    I do #7 (also keep a running shopping list with frequent purchases) and I really like #3 and #10.

  • Jeff Cole

    I use Evernote when listening to worthwhile podcasts, like “This is Your Life.” I can easily take notes and review them later to better retain the material. I do the same with books. Thanks for the tips!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Evernote sure does make a great notepad to use to capture ideas as we’re listening to things. I’ve also found it great to jot down ideas and other types of notes.

  • http://johnrmeese.com/ John R. Meese

    Yup, those are surprising! But these are all fantastic ideas (which isn’t surprising).

  • http://about.me/nead NeadReport

    I hope everyone is using a robust password and *two step authentication* with their Evernote accounts – especially with all of the sensitive info people are storing.

  • http://mikevardy.com/ Mike Vardy

    Great post, Michael!

    I’m a big Evernote user. I use it to track my beer cellar. I have my daughter using it so that I can track any gift ideas she may have (a “wish list” of sorts). My wife and I use it to manage our urban food garden.

    When you start to think outside the box, there’s not a whole lot that Evernote CAN’T do!

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Two of the ways I use Evernote (not mentioned above) is for recommended reading lists (filed according to genre) and recipes. We have special dietary needs in our family, and knowing that I have a list of recipes and ingredients everywhere I go has saved our family multiple times. Also, I can take pictures of recipes, clip web recipes, or download to evernote from email or FB. When I’m at the grocery store, I can pull up the recipe and pick up exactly what we need.

  • http://nonprofitinsuranceblog.com/ Brett

    Do you have a list of your tags? And the advice to simply do away with separate notebooks still holds, right? You can’t actually search in all your notebooks at one time for a specific term?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, but I don’t have an easy way to share them … yet. I am planning to do a post on this.
      You can search across multiple notebooks. No special syntax required.

  • http://www.game-changer.net Jorge Barba

    Hi Michael,

    Good stuff. Like you I’ve been using Evernote since it was in private beta. An uncommon use I’ve developed for Evernote is for keeping up and synthesizing trends. Evernote is literally my Insight Bank!

  • http://www.geemco.de/artikel Goetz Mueller

    Sometime ago, we had a mess in the freezer, ie. too many things that had almost been forgotten. So I’ve set up a shared notebook which the whole family can use when storing and removing items, often with pictures taken with our iPhones for easy identification and avoiding to open up all the Tupperware boxes to check its content.

    BTW, Michael, how do you create the subscription popup? Is that a WordPress plugin?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That is the Optin Monster plugin.

      • http://www.geemco.de/artikel Goetz Mueller

        Thanks, Michael. I’ll check that out.

  • Will Hepworth

    I love Evernote!
    I use Evernote everywhere: Android phone app, Windows app, Web
    I use Evernote as an inbox for all my ideas. I can capture text, pictures, voice notes, emails, etc
    I use Evernote as a virtual filing cabinet. My office is almost 100% paperless. I can reference anything in my Evernote filing cabinet from my phone, laptop, desktop, or web. I rarely use my physical filing cabinet any more.
    Since I began to use Evernote, I rarely find myself thinking, “I don’t have that information with me.”
    Instead of printing to ink & paper, I print to PDF whenever possible and store it in Evernote
    I use Evernote on my phone to take snapshots of paperwork so I can leave the paper behind!
    I forward emails into Evernote for later reference.
    I used Evernote for FREE for an entire year before I upgraded to premium ($45 a year). Now that I am realizing more of its potential, it has become more useful to me and I am uploading more and more stuff, and it has become worthwhile to pay for premium.
    I use Evernote to dictate voice notes on the go.
    I use Evernote to create checklists
    I use Evernote to organize my personal life, my ministry work, and my business.
    I use Evernote because everything is searchable, including pictures and handwriting.
    I use Evernote because it is extremely flexible, simple, and powerful.
    I use Evernote to organize travel itinerary
    I use Evernote to help keep my email inbox at zero
    I use Evernote for paperless bookkeeping
    I use Evernote with my Fujitsu Scansnap S1500
    I use Evernote because it’s easy to share & collaborate with others
    I DO NOT use Evernote as a word processor. MS Word works much better if you are carefully composing a long document or if you care about formatting, etc.
    I use Evernote without worrying about losing data because I can view note history to see previous versions of notes, and I periodically export notes to offline backup.
    I use Evernote to encrypt and password protect sensitive data
    I use Evernote because it helps me be more productive and get more done.

    I use Evernote to stay organized!
    I use Evernote constantly :)

  • https://bmtmedia.org/ turner_bethany

    I have put many of our important documents in my Evernote account. But I hadn’t thought about license plate numbers. I am going to have to do that.

  • Robin Swieringa

    #3 (Subscribe to newsletters using my Evernote e-mail address): BRILLIANT!!!

  • http://www.sajigroup.com/blog Saji Ijiyemi

    Thanks Michael. I will add “Snap pictures of your child’s art” to my list. Not sure if the house will vote for that as some in the house still love to see the paper for throwback thursdays

  • http://www.pathwaytopersonaldevelopment.com/ Pathway To Personal Developmen

    Will definitely have to try it. Thanks for the info!

  • http://bestwordforward.weebly.com/ Jonathan Ytreberg

    Great list Michael. I had resisted using Evernote for the longest time (still not sure why) and recently became a convert when I finally gave it a fair shake.

    I wanted to add one item to the list-Christmas/Birthday present ideas. I often happen on something that I think would be a perfect gift for someone when I’m at the store for something else, but don’t have the budget to buy it at that time. I snap a quick photo on my smartphone and tag it with Christmas or Birthday and the name of the person in mind. When it comes time to actually buy a gift, I have those ideas at my fingertips and can find a great gift without having to ask people what they want.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s a great idea Jonathan. I can see a list in Evernote containing whatever you’re thinking about as gifts for others and being able to easily access it rather than having to fumble through pages to see what gift you want to give.

      • Jude Rush

        To piggyback on to this: when my (adult) kids are out shopping around the holidays and see something they’d like or they know their sibling would like, I have them snap a picture and text it to me, along with where they found it, size info, etc. It goes into my Evernote and takes the place of a written wish list. I often end up with far more ideas than I can use.

  • http://markstruczewski.com/ Mark Struczewski

    Thanks, Michael. After I read your tips, I took pics of my prized mountain bike and our car and then uploaded them to Evernote. I never thought about this. For some reason, I keep forgetting you can upload pictures to Evernote too. I am a Premium Member and sometimes I forget how powerful and resilient Evernote is. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • http://www.latinosbehindthelens.com/about/ Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

    I think that #3 is rather brilliant. In all honesty I use my gmail address for all newsletter emails. But I can use the Evernote email for the newsletters I really want — like your and Jeff Goins :-)

  • Evan Bennett

    I take screen a shots of books I find on my Amazon app or songs that come up on Pandora that I want to follow up on later and file them in folders in Evernote.

  • Kathleen Thompson

    This is brilliant! I use Evernote for a lot of things, but never considered a photo of my hair. Seriously, the printer cartridge one is a great idea, though I do have it on a custom order list with Staples already. Like Michele, I use Evernote to keep track of my custom food list, so I have no uncertainty when I go to the grocery store.

  • Guest

    Great tips, Michael. I use it fir a lot of those things, but I also keep my suit and other clothing measurements there. They come in especially handy for online shopping.

  • http://webmagg.com/ Mark Praschan

    Great tips, Michael. I also use it for keeping my suit and other clothing measurements. It comes in especially handy for online shopping.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a great application.

  • Pete Larson

    Thanks Michael. Some of these I already do and the others are very new and useful as well. One other use I have is for keep track of online purchases. When I get the confirmation email of a purchase, I file it in EverNote for future reference. It’s great for checking warranty expirations, etc.

  • http://dasdivy.wordpress.com Kristie Burk

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the list. I also take pictures of my kids’ crafts – by the way a great idea to take a picture of their 3D crafts, too! If you want to be a really cool grandfather, take the pictures at the end of the year and put them into a digital book (like Shutterfly). The kids and the parents will love it and they make nice gifts. :)

  • wilkins105

    Thanks!

  • Kevin Brinkley

    Your idea about having newsletter emailed to EN is good but I worry about the source of the newsletter giving my address to someone else (unfortunately, it’s very common). If that happens, EN could get filled up with spam. Correct? Is there a way to prevent this?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      If you read back through the comments, someone offered a solution using email forwarding. Thanks.

  • http://www.jonnywhitman.com/ Jonathan Whitman

    By far there are two ways that I use it pretty much every day:
    1. Cooking (mostly grilling)…Evernote is my cookbook! I even copy pages from my hard copy cookbook because it’s easier to access.

    2. Opening hours. I live in Italy…no two public offices, stores, museums, doctors keep the same hours. So I just take a picture of their opening hours and then find them easily with a tag.

  • creatility

    Whenever I loan a tool to a friend, I take a photo of them holding it so I can remember who has it and when they borrowed it. I had been just keeping these in the camera roll on my iPhone but thanks to your post, I will now add them to Evernote and tag them so I can quickly find them from all my devices. I also spray paint all my tools yellow which makes them easier to find in the yard or garage and easier to identify as mine when loaning them out.

  • TesTeq

    How many cars does a man need? That’s the question… Some people think one is enough. Some people think one is too much…

  • http://www.matthewkimberley.com/ Matthew Kimberley

    Oh my goodness. Number 3. A self-perpetuating swipe-file system for my favorite copywriters. Brilliant. Thank you.

  • http://dareesinsights.wordpress.com Daree

    I use it to flag recipes, attach pics of yoga poses, record tax-deductible expenses, speech notes, references such as passwords, homeschool attendance records, sermon notes I want to keep from church, book marketing ideas, Pinterest links for me to read later, budgeting notes, and blog ideas.

  • http://jammyerwin.com/ Jammy Erwin

    My wife and I have traveled to the same resort complex the last few years. We’ve deciphered the building/floor/room code and we keep it in Evernote. That way, whether we use VRBO or a rental agency, we know where the room is in the resort complex before we reserve it.

    I also use Evernote to store user manuals for TV remote controls, my router, all sorts of items that I occasionally need to reprogram but can never find the user manual.

    Great post, as always.

  • Nadia McDonald

    This is incredible information. WOW technology has totally blewn my mind away! The tool has amazing features and apps! I can’t wait to try it!

  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Okay, my brain is about to explode. So simple, yet so strong. This stuff would have never crossed my mind. I agree with Kim Avery. #brilliant!

    (BTW…I save this list to Evernote.)

  • http://juliesunne.com/ Julie Sunne

    This is awesome, Michael! Clipping the post to Evernote now for future reference.

  • Matt

    #3 is genius! Great idea and thanks for sharing that one especially!

  • Myles

    I keep a separate email address for accounts payable and forward it to Evernote. Because Evernote scans everything, it helps me find the price of everything I purchased quickly.

  • RustyCas

    I have a note for each of our vehicles with make, model, VIN number, tag number, and a photo…. if your vehicle is stolen, it’s likely you won’t have any of this information handy.

  • http://www.gauraw.com/ Kumar Gauraw

    Hi Michael,
    You continue to inspire us through your great example. I have been using Evernote for a couple of years at least now. But I am amazed how many ways we can use the tool. Thank you for sharing these tips.
    Regards,
    Kumar

  • Leigh Anne Bailey

    Thanks for those great ideas! This year, I have been taking a picture of receipts for purchases for my business as well as for my classroom. I have two separate notebooks for each. I have shared the business receipts notebook with my husband and daughter. This way, if they purchase anything for the business, they take a photo of the receipt and it goes in the same folder. I am very happy with this new procedure. I am confident I will have every receipt when tax time comes next year!

  • Noel

    thanks for this post Michael! I was never a fan of Evernote until I started listening to your podcast which by the way, has become a daily habit for me. I find evernote useful not only for documenting what I eat but also for taking note of my blog ideas. Continue doing what you’re doing Michael. Really appreciate what you’re doing and I am your biggest fan in the Philippines

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Noel. I appreciate that!

  • Jim

    Things I need for my aging mother. Such as a photo of the battery package for her hearing aids or a photo of the filter she needs for her air purifier. Also, a list of all her doctors, her meds, and meds she is allergic to.

  • http://www.truenorthquest.com/ Brian Del Turco

    Brilliant post! I just started using Evernote for impressions and insights I receive during a devotional time (even attaching a photo if I’m in a different place). I’m expecting that capturing these moments and reviewing them will help me to take in the landscape of my spiritual journey.

  • Luke Lenichek

    Micheal! This stuff is so simple and so cool. you know Micheal for a guy that is my dads age you are so up on the technology. You rock man.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks … I think. ;-)

  • http://growing4life.net/ Leslie A

    Finally had a minute to catch up on my email and read this post :) Thank so much for some great ideas! I especially love #1 and #4 and look forward to putting them into place immediately. I have been doing #9 for years and it is invaluable!

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    I would use Evernote to take a picture of my haircuts…but it would be a little useless! ;-) Great use of it!

    One of the best parts of Evernote is how the product continues to develop and grow. They have a commitment to be a 100 year company, which keeps them focused on something other than being bought out.

  • http://danielzickler.com/ Daniel Zickler

    Thank you for sharing that! Do you have an opinion on the parallel use of Evernote and Dropbox? Some use dropbox for files and Evernote for notes only, but I think that could get confusing fast…?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That is exactly what I do. In fact, my entire Documents folder sits inside DropBox, so everything is backed up in the cloud.

  • Melody

    Amy Porterfield mentioned you and then I discovered Evernote articles on your site! Sweeet. A few of my clients rave about Evernote, but since I’m a professional organizer I’ve learned how to keep my docs streamlined…but…I’m looking for higher productivity for myself and better tools that my clients may adore using! Thanks for sharing how you use Evernote.

  • Becky Black

    I love the email newsletter one. I’m definitely going to start doing that. I might actually read some of them then!

    I already do the packing list one. I keep a template list and make a copy and tweak it for individual trips. Very useful. That one works for any kind of lists that will remain largely the same and that you will use over and over – like a Christmas Card/Gift list for example. I’m a writer and when I have a book release I have a set of tasks I have to do every time – pages on my website to update, places to post the cover, all that kind of thing. So I created a template list I can copy and use each time. Saves me from putting them all as individual tasks in my To Do lists every time. And I set a reminder to make sure the list pops up to remind me to do them leading up to and on release day.

    My tip, one I’ve just started doing lately. If I get paper handouts at courses, seminars, panels etc, I scan them into Evernote and toss the paper. Better than trying to keep loads of paper and I have a much better chance of finding the information again later.

  • Peggy Arms

    Retired.

    Travel frequently and use Evernote to keep a travel log with photos.

    Just moved to a different house. Using Evernote to record remodel details…dates, costs, contractor data, etc.

    Evernote is a great place to keep a journal record of my vegetable garden (including photos)…planting/fertilizing/harvesting dates, etc.

    Accumulate all my favorite recipes in an Evernote folder…some are transferred files, some typed in, some photos.

    As a quilter, it’s convenient to catalog my quilts in an Evernote folder.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I can enter data on one device and access from others.

  • John

    PLEASE HELP

    I know you’ve shared a “Speaker’s List Prep” or something like that. You send it to the organization you will be speaking at so that you are both on the same page. I thought I downloaded it or kept is somewhere. Would you be so kind to share it with me?

    I hope that I’ve given you enough to know what I’m referencing.

    Thank you,
    John Loppnow

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Is this what you are looking for: Pre-Event Call with Event Sponsor?

      • John

        Exactly!
        Thank you so much.

        I agree, especially now, to put a few tags.
        Thank you again!

  • http://clarkhighland.com SeoDamian

    A few ideas on how I use EN:

    I keep a notebook with all the MOOC (Massive Open Online Classes) information: Links, passwords, notes, reference books, ideas, homework.

    I also forward coupons (photos or copy the images into a note) that I ‘might’ need so they are always with me where ever my phone goes.

    I clip articles and note them for our discussion group for current topics that are likely to come up (social issues, current events, supreme court decisions…) so when the topic does come up, I am ready to contribute thought out articles.

  • Rob Watkins

    Wow, I was debating between Evernote and Dropbox, but I think you sold me. I typically am forgetful and need a way to stay organized. This will do the trick.

  • Hillary

    I use Evernote in my lawn business. I keep a file for each customer with photos of their lawns, their lawn’s pH, and their lawn’s roots, as well as a record of what I’ve done each time I’m there and my recommendations for the future. I share the link to the file with them so that they can check on it any time they want to. It’s the best tool in my truck!

  • Wayne Bills

    Michael, at my wife’s urging (must give credit where credit is due) I started using Evernote in my Counseling practice. I create a “notebook” for each of my clients and add notes after each visit. Since my computer and Evernote are both password protected I can save these files securely in a way that is organized and easily accessible.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a great use case, Wayne. Thanks.

  • Bill Taylor

    I travel extensively (Delta 2 million miler) so I eat in a lot of different restaurants. I may never return to that town or I may return in 6 months. I record my thoughts and rate each dish on a scale of 1-10. I also will snap a picture. When and if I return to town in a month, a year or a decade, I can refer to my notes and know if I should return to a given restaurant and what to order or what not to order. it also helps improve service when the staff realizes I’m taking notes on my meal.

  • http://timspivey.com/ Tim Spivey

    The kid art idea is awesome! I’m an Evernote junkie and for some reason that has never occurred to me.

  • Richard Perry

    I keep my Canadian passport information in Evernote just in case the real thing goes missing on an overseas video shoot. Great tips, thanks.

  • Jaret Segovia

    I’ve only been using Evernote actively for a little over a year now but one thing I began doing was keeping a Birthday Notebook each year for my birthday! I start a notebook titled with the age I am turning (notice I didn’t mention it! Haha). But then as we go out to dinner, I take pics so I can recall who was there. As I get cards/emails from my friends/family I take a photo of each one and save it. As I get gifts I take a photo, write who it was from and save it. Although I only have 1 year so far (I JUST started this year’s notebook since my birthday is in a few days), I am excited about looking back years from now and being able to go through those memories! I just wish I’d started this in my 20’s! What a fun history to have. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a terrific idea!

  • http://Zengers.com/ Jason Zenger

    I am interested from this group whether you find Evernote reliable…I tried it a year ago and I had some issues, so I switched back to iOS Notes. Any feedback?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No issues on my part. I have used it for years.

  • Mark Calderon

    Michael, any chance you could initiate a partnership between Evernote and Kindle? It would be awesome to be able to link the two apps and save my highlights in Kindle to Evernote natively. Thanks for all you do! I love your content!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure I could pull that off. The challenge is with the publishing rights. Believe me, it gets complicated! In the meantime, have you seen my post, “How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote”? There’s also an app called, Snippefy, that looks promising. Thanks.

  • Tami Glatz

    Evernote makes the BEST recipe organizer. You can even snap a picture of a cookbook’s Index, and Evernote will index the index, so when you search by a recipe name or ingredient, it will also find those entries in your cookbooks for you. I wrote a detailed blog post on it (not trying to promote anything , just sharing the info) http://relativelycurious.blogspot.com/2012/08/evernote-for-recipe-organization.html

  • Nancy

    I should add this list to Evernote!

  • John Partridge

    I keep a shopping list for the hardware store that includes the model numbers of things like furnace filters, water filter cartridges, and other things I occasionally need to buy parts for. Before I started using Evernote, I never could remember what I needed when I was actually at the store.

  • http://leadright.wordpress.com/ Brent Dumler

    Great insight. Evernote came in very handy while we launched our new satellite campus in September. I used it to file pics of the types of lightbulbs, vacuum bags, ceiling tiles, etc. we have. I also create our staff meeting agenda in it and email the web link to the staff. I can edit the note as I need to and every time they look at the link it will reflect the changes.

  • http://www.vegetarianzen.com/ Vickie

    YES! #10 is one I use often! Thanks for sharing :-)

  • http://www.secondiron.com/ Charles Johnston

    Thanks, I still struggle to use Evernote to its full capacity. Mainly use it to save snippets, articles and tips for my blog. I also import my blogs from my kindle into Evernote for easy transfer to my laptop. I really liked # 3 never thought of using the Evernote email address.

  • Bob Seymore

    Make an offline folder called “travel” for your upcoming trips… Itineraries, Confirmations numbers, phone numbers and even a passport copy can save your sanity on the road… I also make it a shortcut for easy access while travelling. I also keep a online only travel archive folder for info about past trips to remember where i stayed and things I did.

  • Rich Berning

    Great list, Michael. I love EverNote also, and love to learn all the different use cases people have for it. Lately I’ve decided to take a picture of each of the keys I carry (with some added notes on each key’s markings, and what it unlocks) using Evernote App. I hate finding a key from some past office or job or ? and not remembering what it’s for. Thanks for all the super helpful information you share!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a terrific idea, Rich. Thanks!