Fred Constantinesco is a fantasy sports enthusiast. He is getting ready for the fantasy football draft.
I use Evernote, Everywhere
- Google Chrome (Web Clipper)
- Kindle Fire
Favorite products that work with Evernote
- Google Reader: for reading fantasy football articles quickly.
- ifttt: for sending starred articles from my Google Reader to Evernote.
- Pocket: for reading articles later and sending them to Evernote.
- Wappwolf: for connecting Evernote to my Dropbox account, allowing me to save and sync all of my documents to Evernote.
- Kustom Note: for making templates for my notes.
- FastEver: for quickly jotting down notes on my iPhone and sending them to Evernote.
- Buzzworthy: for sending my Kindle Fire book highlights to Evernote.
I use Evernote for…Managing my Fantasy Sports Leagues
I first started using Evernote in law school. At the time, it helped me keep my notes in order. Slowly but surely, I started using it more until it became a go-to tool for my professional and personal life. Now, I keep everything in Evernote — from photographs of important documents to transcripts, how-to articles and guides, and items related to my career. Last year, while I was researching draft picks for my fantasy football team, I realized that I could use Evernote as a place to organize all of the information I was finding. Since then, my use of Evernote for fantasy football and fantasy sports, in general, has only grown.
There are a lot of logistics involved in setting up a fantasy sports team and participating in a league. Having everything organized in Evernote helps me stay on top of the most relevant information, keep up with dues and end of season payouts, and capture all the important memories (like the times I beat my friends!).
Evernote for researching your draft picks
Fantasy football is about to heat up and right now everyone is researching their draft picks. During the summer months, team owners are collecting information on injuries, position battles, free agency, and the NFL draft. When the time comes for the draft, each of the 10-12 team owners draft players back and forth until all roster slots are full. Each owner gets about a minute and a half to decide on a player and you must think quickly but choose wisely. Like in the NFL, you want to assemble the best possible roster of players, so it is essential to be prepared weeks before the draft begins.
Team owners continue to manage their rosters post-draft, as transactions on the waiver wire (a pool of players who are not owned in a specific league, but can easily become one of the best players of the season). Pursuing trades with other managers can impact your season just as much as the draft process. As I’m researching players online throughout the summer, I clip everything relevant into Evernote using the Evernote Web Clipper or Evernote Clearly. I take note of any relevant player news or new player rankings. Throughout the season, I’m able to refer to this research to not only help my picks but guide my team’s strategy. It sure beats printing out numerous pages’ worth of rankings and projections! Plus, it’s more productive, so I spend less time sorting and organizing information; I can just get right to it. To help this process, I created a group in my Google Reader to capture fantasy football articles from several websites. This makes it easy to scan the titles and see if there’s anything worth reading all in one location. Any article that I find valuable is starred and directly sent to my Fantasy Football notebook via ifttt. In Evernote, I tag my research depending on the category. Leading up to the draft, most of my notes are tagged under a general “Read Later” tag.
For the day of the draft, I create a master note (i.e. cheat sheet) that includes Note Links to notes with my rankings, projected stats, and list of sleepers (players I believe will have a break out season). As we dive into the season, each week my team plays another team. Once the games get going, I pay attention to how teams and players are performing. Being able to closely monitor player statistics and activity helps me analyze future draft picks. I keep one master note that has players I need to drop from my team, replacements for those players, and trade proposals; I’m continually adding to it.
Evernote and Skitch for managing your season
I like to use Skitch to snap photos of the score at the end of each game. I keep these images in Evernote so I can remind friends who bitterly lost and recall some great times we had (note: for obvious reasons, I do not snap photos of my defeats).
Evernote for dues and ‘office work’
Playing fantasy sports involves a fair amount of administrative work. I use Evernote to keep track of information such as who’s paid their dues and who needs to be paid out at the end of the season. I also capture all emails I receive or compose that relate to league administration. That way, all correspondences are also in one, easy to search place.
Overall, using Evernote for fantasy sports has helped me achieve better results because it has made me more efficient and effective in my preparations, choosing my players, and keeping track of how things progress throughout the season. Evernote allows me to prepare for a fantasy season without spending more time than I need to. Having an archive of past fantasy sports seasons in Evernote also helps me look back at previous seasons and analyze what trade proposals were made, why certain trades went through or were declined, and which players I want to stay away from next season.
Evernote for switching careers
I’m currently in the process of switching careers (from being an attorney to working as a Landman in the oil and gas industry). Evernote has proven to be invaluable for helping me make this transition. I’ve been able to keep track of cover letters, resumes, and research on the different companies I’ve been applying to all in one place. I use Evernote as a relationship manager and made a template that I use for each new professional contact I make.
I keep a master note in my account with Note Links to notes with all of my research. Evernote has also helped me remember where in the interview process I am with different companies, what my impressions are of different companies I’ve applied to, and what I might need to do differently with my resume or cover letter in the future.