Evernote is a great tool for making you and your team more productive at work. If you’re already using Evernote at work, you probably know this, but if you’re an Evernote newbie, here’s a quick primer on getting started:
Take advantage of the flexibility of notes. Notes are the way you capture and store information in Evernote, and discovering their flexibility is key to using Evernote for productivity. You can create notes from scratch by entering text, but that’s just one of many ways you can build notes. Beyond text, you can add many different kinds of files to your notes. Drag in PDFs, documents, and images related to the work you’re doing. At meetings, take photos of whiteboards and use Evernote’s built-in audio recording feature to centralize the goings-on of your team, as seen in the example note below. Evernote makes your notes searchable, so you can easily find what you need later on (Evernote Business and Evernote Premium even let you search inside your attached documents). You can find more info about how to capture multiple types of media in a single note.
Focus on a few core use cases, to start. Despite what you may think, you don’t have to be a power user to start getting value out of using Evernote. When you’re just getting started, think about the small things that you and your team need to access on a regular basis, and create notes for those. Adding notes for phone lists, key project documents, and frequently-used items like logos and brand guidelines (as shown below) can be a great way to ease into using Evernote and build the Evernote habit. Your notes and notebooks can be shared among your team so that everyone can easily collaborate and find what they need.
You can’t use Evernote ‘wrong.’ Evernote is an incredibly flexible tool that can be adapted to many uses at work and can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your team. So don’t worry about whether you’re using Evernote “right” or “wrong.” Experiment with various ways of using Evernote for work until you find the strategy that fits your needs best and helps your team be successful.
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