Three Evernote Alternatives and How They Stack Up

My Take on Apple Notes, Microsoft OneNote, and Bear

I’ve been using Evernote almost a decade now. The program was still in private beta when I started. Since 2008, it’s become my digital brain. In the past, I used binders or file cabinets to store project papers, research, contracts, even paper-napkin brainstorms. Now all that goes in Evernote. Organization, retrieval, and sharing are easy. […]

How to Become More Consistent in Your Daily Journaling

I started journaling a little over a year ago. It has become a regular part of my morning ritual. It has helped me clarify my thinking, process my feelings, and make better decisions.

Screenshot of My Daily Journal

However, like most people, I struggled with consistency. I wanted to journal. I was convinced of the benefits. But I found myself blowing it off with increasing frequency.

Sound familiar?

Several months ago I stumbled onto something that solved the problem. Not one hundred percent of the time, but most of the time.

Honestly, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. It seemed too simple.

But I shared it with my wife, Gail, who was struggling with consistency herself. After successfully using it for a few weeks, she said, “Honey, you have got to blog about this.”

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Why I Started Using Evernote Mobile Again

5 Features to Make You More Productive on the Go

If you’ve followed my blog for more than a few months, you know I love Evernote. It is an application I use every day. It’s not only my digital brain, it’s the main tool I use to implement my personal productivity system. But I’ve found myself using the mobile version of Evernote less and less […]

Getting the Most Out of Evernote [Podcast S04E05]

12 Uses You May Not Have Considered

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to get the most out of Evernote. Evernote is a cloud-based, information organization app. But you probably knew that, right? The system already boasts over […]

How Evernote Can Make You a Better, Faster Blogger

Get My Evernote Hacks for Generating Powerful Content in Less Time

I use Evernote for everything. It’s my second brain. And it’s also my secret weapon for creating more powerful blog posts in less time than ever before. I’ll tell you how. Not only is Evernote easy to use across all my devices, but I’ve developed workflows and workarounds that enable me to be more efficient […]

One Old-Tech Secret for High Achievers

Why Paper Plus Evernote Beats Pure Digital for Taking Notes

Everyone knows I geek out when it comes to new technology. But sometimes old tech is the best tech, and that goes for taking notes. Last fall information guru Clay Shirky banned the use of laptops and other digital devices in his NYU classroom. It remains a controversial move. Not only students, but even other […]

How to Use Evernote to Overcome the Biggest Challenge in Achieving Your Goals

When it comes to achieving our goals, the biggest challenge usually isn’t a lack of resources or time. It’s our own memory. It doesn’t matter how big or important a goal is, if we don’t review it, it’ll fade from memory. It’s almost as simple as the old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

How I Organize Evernote

A Peek Inside My Personal System

I often refer to Evernote as my digital brain. It has replaced my physical filing cabinet, allowing me to go completely digital. It is where I store anything I need to reference later. But Evernote can quickly become unwieldy if you don’t have a system for using it. It doesn’t have to be complex, but […]