Evernote for busy professionals
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This is a great course to take if you are not familiar with Evernote but would like to be. I have been wanting to use this program for awhile but have put it off because it seemed a bit overwhelming and confusing. I wasn't halfway through his course and I immediately jumped into my Evernote account and started setting items up and creating notes. Radu Popa gave great information with great examples - it was easy to follow and understand and implement. It is a beginners course so if you are looking for the beginners starting point this is the course to take. BTW - it was delightful to see Radu Popa use himself in one of the lectures as an example of how to use the webcam part in a note. - Ruth N
The problem with information
It is hard to remember everything isn't it? You probably have a lot going on in your professional life, multiple projects and responsibilities and also at home. Maybe you feel that you are constantly forgetting something and this adds stress. Your files and documents are probably spread across your laptop, tablet, email, etc. making things harder to find.
Evernote, a complete information management system
I believe that Evernote can be a real solution in this information age to help us remember everything. It can be a central spot in which we put all our thoughts and files and give us a sense of control.
I have been using Evernote for couple of years and can say that it is a very powerful tool, not only an application but rather an extension of ourselves, an extension of our brain. I created this online Evernote course to share what I learned so far with you.
This 100+ minutes course is structured into 6 sections:
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|Section 1: Getting started|
In this session I talk about the contents of this course and why I created this course in the first place. I believe that we have difficulties in dealing with all the information around us. If we want to improve it is important to challenge the way we work and maybe make some changes. Evernote can add great value to the way we store information but only if we are willing to make changes in our workflow.
I believe that Evernote is not just an app, it is rather an extension of ourselves. It can be a central place in which we store everything we want to remember. It is accessible on all platforms, it syncs with the cloud but it is also local, it is ever changing and it is connected to the things around you.
In this session we will get to know Evernote desktop.
First, the left sidebar:
Then the top labels.
Note list area and and note views.
Note area, formatting options and atributes.
I recorded this tutorial on the Windows version, if you are using a mac you can watch this tutorial.
|Section 2: Evernote setup|
Notebooks and notebook stacks
Evernote structure types
My notebook organization solution
Putting that solution into practice
Notebooks are somewhat similar with folders that we know. They alone have the folder limitation, I can put my notes either in a category notebook or in a project notebook and not both. Tags come to the rescue and enable us to see notes according to project and type.
An example of a tag structure:
|Section 3: Putting stuff in|
In this session we discuss about note attributes:
We also cover the note types:
In this session:
See how we can create new notes by sending them by email directly to our Evernote account. We will also see how we can specify in the email subject the exact place we want the note to go.
How can I add multiple files into Evernote and have them in separate notes? This is the question that we will answer in this session using the import folders feature.
|Section 4: Getting stuff out|
Think about all the notes you have like a big bulk of content. Notebooks and tags enable you to filter this content in order to find what you are looking for, without relying on search.
In our everyday use of Evernote we can encounter the following scenarios:
In this session we will see how to open a notebook, from the menu and from the note contents:
What evernote lacks in folder structure compensates with the search and sorting options. In this session we talk about the way we can slice and dice to find information in 1000s of notes.
In this session we cover:
Learn more about Evernote Search by reading this note I prepared.
Sharing is important, Evernote knows that and gives the right tools to do that. When we say sharing we look both at individual notes and also entire notebooks.
In this session we will see:
|Section 5: Other goodies|
In this session we talk about reminders, a relatively new feature in Evenote.
They are useful:
Use case: you are reading an interesting article, the author is a very good writer but a bad web designer. Or maybe you are visiting a website that is full of ads that distract your attention. Wouldn’t be nice to remove everything and just leave the article content. Yes we can, we can use evernote clearly, a browser extension that gets the content up in front, making it readable but that gives you much more.
In this session:
|Quiz 1||10 questions|
So you made it so far, congratulations. Now let's see where is your knowledge level in using Evernote.
|Section 6: Bonus videos|
A video about how I created an Applicant Tracking System in Evernote.
Hello, my name is Radu and I live in Romania. I work as a trainer and consultant in a very cool Romanian company (ROMCOM) and I am focused mainly on the technical and technology side.
Even though I graduated a computer science faculty some during the last study years I decided I don't want to be a software developer but rather work in Human Resources. 4 years of volunteering experience in AIESEC got me very interested in working with people and helping them grow.
So far I have worked in 4 very different companies, a small Dutch-Romanian IT company, a multinational manufacturing corporation, a Romanian HR Consultancy company and now in a Swiss-Romanian consultancy company.
Even though I have worked as a HR professional in all these places, my computer science background made me always look for ways in which technology can help me do my work in a more efficient, better and maybe even fun way. About this topic I also started a blog called freshcomputerskills.