Three random ways I use Evernote effectively

Notetaking
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One of my major beliefs is that using a digital note taking tool well gives you a lot of leverage in the information age.

I have been using Evernote for quite a many years. And though I would not consider myself to be a pro user, I'd like to share 3 ideas to inspire you to use Evernote effectively or any other note taking tool for that matter.

Capture habit

You might be a consuming a lot of content on the internet.

But then do you wonder how to save all the knowledge you’ve gained and find it when you need it?

Tiago Forte, the creator of Building a Second Brain course, remarks that our brains are meant to function as a RAM and not as a ROM.

"Your mind has limited working memory. You alone can't hold on to the best ideas and information AND also keep looking out and processing new ones."

Now in order to make the "save to ROM" habit as seamless as possible, I use this IFTTT applet to allow all my Instapaper highlights to be saved in Evernote.

You can setup something similar for other tools like Pocket by using Zapier or a different IFTTT recipe.

Let the information brew and then organize them later to form a better understanding.

Journaling

A lot of people use a notebook to journal their thoughts. But if I stare at a blank page, this wouldn't be an ingrained habit.

When I have predefined questions, it is easier to practise journaling every day.

And this is where the feature of Evernote templates comes in handy.

My journal template is broken down into 3 sections to serve different functions in the workday.

  1. Start of the day ( Gratitude journal and 3 most important tasks for the day )
  2. During the day ( Capture distractions and thoughts going in my monkey brain )
  3. End of day ( Figure out how your day went and shutdown for the day. )

Digital mantras

Just like football players have their warmup routine before they play a real match or start a training session, I regard that knowledge workers too should have a warm up ritual.

One way that I do this is to have a personal notebook which I like to review every morning.

This notebook is a collection of quotes, tweets, images, or videos that have resonated with me.

These bite-sized amounts of knowledge will, over a period of time, shape your habits and help you get closer to your desired identity.

Keep the number of notes to less than 15 or something which you can review in max 20 mins time.

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