| Name: Chris Guillebeau
Profession: author, world traveler
Location: Portland, Oregon
Website: The Art of Non-Conformity
Chris Guillebeau is a self-employed entrepreneur who has visited 150 countries to date (he’s logged into Evernote from more than 35 of them). He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, but is frequently traveling the world, writing for his site and various publications. He’s also a published author of a book based on his blog: The Art of Non-Conformity. You can follow his live updates from every country in the world at twitter.com/chrisguillebeau.
How I Use Evernote…
I’ve used Evernote from more than thirty countries in the past couple of years, as well as all 50 states this past Fall while I was on my book tour. The more I use it, the more helpful it becomes. Wherever I go, Evernote keeps me well-connected to my life.
I use Evernote both at home and on the road for:
- Passport Scans: I’ve had to scan my passport countless times for various visa applications over the years and I always forget where I’ve saved the file. Now I only have to scan it once every ten years when I get a new one. My current passport is in Evernote, whenever and wherever I need it. I’m headed to Libya and sending them the passport scan in advance was so easy.
- Goal-Setting: Once a year, I do an Annual Review where I evaluate everything that happened in my business and life during the previous year. I’ll go through my Evernote notes for things that I’d like to include in my review and set goals for the next year. Some things included in my list are: do a tour of Australia, run marathon and pursue a new business project idea. It’s a great way to regroup and see what areas of my life and/or business I’d like to focus on in the coming year.
- Business Development: My most recent business project is the Travel Hacking Cartel. Prior to the big launch, I wrote 15,000 words of outlines, copy, and tech requirements—all in Evernote. Most of the business plan was written from hotel rooms and plane rides during my 50-state and 10-province book tour. Having all of these notes in one place and accessible regardless of where I happened to be was a huge relief. I was able to gain cohesive insight into the project without having to think about where certain files or pieces of paper were.
User Tip: Use Evernote for snippets of everyday information
I store a lot of random information that I need frequently in Evernote: updates for my WordPress dashboard, emails that I want to refer to later (without logging into my email account), login information, the HTML code for my digital signature, and subway maps from cities I’ve visited.