Using Evernote for your idea bank

I’m a list maker. By keyboard or by pen, I’m usually making or adding to lists throughout each day. I need lists to keep me organized, to remember things, and to prioritize my work and actions. We all make lists in some-way I think.

A simple search for my tag “to-do” shows some of the different lists I keep.

But how we keep those notes, pictures, thoughts, etc. is a matter of preference and habits.

I’m ok using paper for a temporary list. The paper allows me to doodle a bit if necessary and to think. But If the list on paper is something that will live to the next day I usually add it to an electronic location. That means Microsoft OneNote at work and Evernote for personal lists.

I use the web interface for Evernote for personal lists because it gives me a cloud based repository that is accessible from multiple devices. I can get to it on my Android based phone, my home Linux machine, my home Windows machine, or even my Windows machine at work.

While I can use the web interface to edit and compile data, I like the EverSearch browser plug-in because it’s a quick hit to find one of the to-do lists and then reference, read, and possibly edit.

Having the ability to quickly search my lists and find data is one of the main reasons I use Evernote. I don’t want to spend time thumbing through a paper notebook looking for something. I don’t want to have to login-in to some site each time I want to search either. It needs to be quick and the browser extension provides that quick glimpse for me.

It also helps me to segment my lists and ideas by topic. I have lists for movies I want to see, music to buy, books to read, blog posts to write, etc. With Evernote, I can pull the list by topic or by general search.