I don’t consider myself to be the most organised individual. For quite a long time I’ve had the feeling that if only I could organise all the information that flows my way, and make it easier to find I would become far more productive and generally get more stuff done.
While the book is very much arguing it’s not a particular piece of software that you need, I think I may have finally found a piece of software that enables me to get more things done – Evernote.
It basically allows you capture lots, and lots of information in different formats, text, images, pdf and then makes them all searchable. There are clients available on multiple platforms, the mac client being particularly nice, but also there is a web interface as well, so it’s accessible on most mobile platforms.
There are also multiple ways of getting information into software – cut ‘n paste text into a note, drag a pdf into it etc. There is also a screen grab clipper that can get info too, and don’t forget even images get text recognition done on them.
Evernote, is not just a great way of capturing long term information, I’m finding it really useful at handling to do items as well, including whenever blog ideas pop into my head. It also has a great feature that it will sync this information that you have captured to multiple devices, just install the client on whatever desktops/laptops you need to acces the information and they will all be kept in synch. The notes you make are also accessible over the web using a browser so you have access to all your information on the go as well via a mobile device.
I really can’t praise it highly enough, and best thing of all – the basic version is FREE.