Writer Kristi Willis started using Evernote by clipping and organizing her vast collection of recipes while watching football games. She shares some unique ways you can use Evernote (a virtual productivity tool) for all stages of writing, from sketching an outline of your idea, capturing audio notes and interviews, collecting research found on the internet, to putting it all together. Lifestory Toolkit: Headspace App. Free Download: 21 Ways to Capture Family History
We’re just scratching the surface of how to use Evernote in this interview. If you want to write your family stories, Evernote can help keep you organized. Ideas that Kristi shares:
Collecting research and keeping it organized
Tagging/labeling the individual pieces of different projects
Record interviews with people (hint: family members) and share them
Collect and preserve pictures – scan or upload
Write names/dates/details right on the digital picture
Share these virtual notebooks with others in the family
Organize chapters of your book along with the research associated with each one
Upload and attach documents to specific notebooks
The search inside Evernote is powerful…even if you’ve taken a photo of a word it will show up in a search
Pictures, audio files, text, Word documents, PDFs and other formats can all exist in one note.
Evernote syncs between all devices that you have (desktop, web, phone, tablet)
Two or more people can edit a document at once, Evernote shows you the other person is there
The best way to discover how this tool can help you, think about a problem that you have first. Then brainstorm ways that Evernote can help you solve that problem.
Listen to the podcast to discover Kristi’s two favorite tools within Evernote – Skitch and Scannable.
Evernote Blog has different ideas on how you can use this tool to help organize your life. The basic sign-up is completely free, plus version is $24.99 per year, and the premium version is $49.99 per year (which includes unlimited storage). Here’s the link to sign up.
I’m a big fan of the Headspace App. I’ve heard many times that meditating or mindfulness is helpful for your focus, relaxation, and getting more things done. But I was never able to do it. This app is fabulous because it actually talks you through it every time you use it. So it’s a guided meditation and helps you make it very useful. There are various goals you can tell it to help you focus on health, performance, change, appreciation, creativity, happiness, focusing itself, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and many more. A 10-session foundation course is free, so check it out. To unlock the full headspace journey and choose what you want to focus on you can get a monthly or annual subscription for as low as $7.99 per month. I encourage you to take 10 minutes each day to help you balance and focus your brain.
Kristi Willis is a freelance writer, technology consultant and co-author of the book Untethered with Evernote: Tips and Workflows for the Independent Entrepreneur. She helps others discover the power of this fabulous tool through her work as an Evernote Business Certified Consultant and Ambassador and in a monthly Google Hangout on Air she co-hosts with Evernote Marketing Ambassador Stacey Harmon. As much as Kristi loves technology, she is equally passionate about the culinary world, and you can follow her writing on her blog, Kristi’s Farm to Table, and in Edible Austin, Austin Woman and Culturemap Austin magazines.