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.
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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.”