Evernote helps a lot of people work better, faster, smarter. We recently had a chance to catch up with ModCloth‘s Senior Online Editor, Jenn Chenn, who told us about how she uses Evernote every day, and tackled a major redesign of the company’s blog. Check out the video we shot and read on for a few of Jenn’s tips for using Evernote for work.
How long have you been an Evernote user?
I’ve been using Evernote for a little over a year. I downloaded it at the beginning of last year, after hearing about it online.
Why did your start using Evernote, and what role does Evernote play in your work/life now?
Up until that point, I’d tried just about every organizational method imaginable. Regular notebooks, reporter’s notebooks, action-driven notebooks, list apps, online docs, this crazy Post-It-based system… all of which were ultimately time-intensive to manage, and limited in terms of their access, whether it was because they were paper products or weren’t available on all my devices. I was always scrambling to find a system that would actually work with my workflow and the way I need to work.
My team’s job is to tell the story of the brand, and to do that, we’re constantly researching, meeting, and brainstorming ways to transform the information we get from both internal and external sources into branded, narrative content that we hope surprises and inspires. All those meetings and notes need to be recorded somewhere. I also manage a bicoastal team and work with a staff of contributors and collaborators, and their ideas and needs need to be captured somewhere as well. There is a lot to think about, and I need to place to organize and filter information so my brain doesn’t explode.
“Evernote is where I turn information into action.”
Evernote makes me a better _________________
Human being, because otherwise I would forget everything and be miserable.
Can you share an Evernote tip with our readers?
If you’re like me and find a lot of your inspiration on-the-go, off-hours, or in unexpected places, don’t forget that you can capture that idea on your phone. A lot of times, I’ll snap a photo, copy it from my camera roll, and then paste it into a new note. I do the same thing with mobile sites or apps I view and admire, since at ModCloth we’re thinking responsively and about mobile; I’ll screenshot things and then add it to my notes. My thoughts and ideas from that moment will be there for me when I’m ready to get back to work, which I love.