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How Tim Ferriss Used Evernote to Write His New Book, The 4-Hour Chef

How Tim Ferriss Used Evernote to Write His New Book, The 4-Hour Chef

Posted by Mie Yaginuma on 20 Nov 2012

Posted by Mie Yaginuma on 20 Nov 2012

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Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur, Evernote Advisor, and author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, just released a new book, The 4-Hour Chef, which he researched and wrote almost entirely with the help of Evernote.

Read and watch how he did it. Then purchase your own copy of The 4-Hour Chef here!

Using Evernote to simplify

Tim used Evernote as the repository for everything related to The 4-Hour Chef, including thousands of photographs, illustrations, hundreds of interviews, and research ranging from recipe notes to Web Clips. While his latest book covers a phenomenal amount of information related to food and cooking, it’s also very much about how anyone can learn to master anything in a short period of time with the right approach and methodology. In order to sift through enormous amounts of research and intelligently organize it, Tim used Evernote for gathering and organizing.

Whether he was at a bookstore snapping a picture of something to research later, creating a shopping list for a recipe he was testing, or chronicling a restaurant meal he ate, Tim was able to quickly capture everything in Evernote, and search for it later. Recalling his earlier book-writing experiences, Tim shared that the drafts of his first book produced mile-high piles of paper that covered his large dining table. With Evernote, writing the book was virtually a paperless process. In fact, the only paper he accumulated came in the form of final press checks that were printed for fan giveaways.

A serendipitous discovery

Years ago, Tim Ferriss asked his fans and followers on Twitter and Facebook to share their favorite tools for task management. He was looking for tools that would allow him to save articles, research, create to-do lists, and more. Overwhelmingly, people kept suggesting Evernote, so he thought he’d give it a try.

While he initially began using Evernote primarily for his work, he quickly found that it also became a personal diary for tracking his interests over time. As Tim told us, “There are very few services that I real feel I could not live without. Evernote is one of them … I use it 10 to 20 times a day. Evernote literally saves me hundreds of hours.”

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  • Balzar Aikin

    We can see the downside of writing and publishing with computers and smart phones. Tim has been quoted as saying “I real feel.” You

    • Jay

      wow talk about missing the message

  • DoctorBill

    Great idea !!

  • Benjamin Chavez

    I like Tim’s ideas and i think some of his methods could apply to many people. I’m a manager in a fast paced environment and trust me you don’t have time to capture everything but evernote really helps!! Tim keep on doing what your doing!!

  • mark

    Excellent use of the cloud and filing capabilities of Evernote. For Authors, always remember to export your Evernote notes and files to your backup a minimum of monthly…just in case.

  • ThatGuyKC

    That’s awesome to see a best-selling author championing Evernote. I use it all the time and recommend it almost daily to people I work with and meet.

  • Rabeeh

    Did anyone notice that Tim kept talking about evernote without actually showing us a screenshot from his evernote setup…

    mmm …

  • Tyler

    The question that always nags at me is:

    Did Tim Ferris write his last two great books working only 4 hours a week, as he preached in his great 4 Hour Workweek?

  • Tyler Moore

    Did Tim Ferris accomplish writing his last two books working only 4 hours per week like he reported in his first famous book, the Four Hour Workweek?

  • Jonathan

    @Tyler
    You obviously didn’t read the 4 hour workweek. There you would find the answer to your question. :)

  • Ze

    Looks like Evernote helps another dyslexic, good work!

  • JC

    Been using Evernote a lot the past year mainly for taking notes while traveling. Really great tool and pretty much replaced guidebooks for me (I just clip web pages like Wikitravel’s).

    However, I just switched my OS from Windows to Ubuntu Linux as it provides a better development environment for me and disappointed to find out you guys don’t have a client software for Linux! (yes, there are open-source alternatives but they’re nowhere near as good as the Windows one).

    Hope you guys are at least considering releasing a Linux version in the future!

  • Cem

    Dear Tim,

    I’d be very interested if you wrote a blog post about how you use Evernote, i.e. what kind of notebooks you have in Evenote, what kind of filing rules have you set up for yourself…

    You have a drive for efficiency, and having organized a book around Evernote, your experiences would be helpful and interesting to others.

    For instance i use GTD methodology with Evernote. Ive found that GTD and 4HWW go well hand in hand. I’d say that after reading 4hww i more efficient, and after reading and practicing GTD i am more peaceful, as i have very little stuff stored in my short term memory.

    Id be very interested in taking a look at your evenote and further optimizing my own process.

    To people who keep saying to Tim: “Hah your gig is up!” the idea is to create as much time for yourself as you need (while maintaining at least a devent income) and then filling that time again with new things you want to explore. Its a set of core rules to free up time and attention, and then how you want to spend that is upto you.

    P.S. The big thanks go out to Evernote for, well making Evenote :)

  • disqus_ehpN1TLzZC

    Yup. In other words the whole article was a load of unsubstantiated nonsense.

  • tilt0

    I think it is important to say that Tim Ferriss definition of work in the term of Four-Hour-Workweek is work you need to make a living. Which enables you to do whatever you want in the rest of your time. Which may be for example to write a book about some stuff you are interested in and want to share with the rest of the world. Making money with this book can be an option too.

    I don’t think every aspect of the 4HWW-Concept is great. Personally I very much disagree with the very capitalistic theme which Tim Ferriss promotes. For example I don’t agree with his recommendation of outsourcing every work to someone (in a country) with low hourly wages. But the main idea behind the 4HWW can be very inspiring and a lot of Tim Ferriss’ ideas are very useful and are able improve your life and the life of the people around you as well.

  • tilt0

    I think it is important to say that Tim Ferriss definition of work in the term of Four-Hour-Workweek is work you need to make a living. Which enables you to do whatever you want in the rest of your time. Which may be for example to write a book about some stuff you are interested in and want to share with the rest of the world. Making money with this book can be an option too.

    I don’t think every aspect of the 4HWW-Concept is great. Personally I very much disagree with the very capitalistic theme which Tim Ferriss promotes. For example I don’t agree with his recommendation of outsourcing every work to someone (in a country) with low hourly wages. But the main idea behind the 4HWW can be very inspiring and a lot of Tim Ferriss’ ideas are very useful and are able improve your life and the life of the people around you as well.