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This lifted book is okay, it provides a nice summary of good time management practice - which is valuable.
It didn't really work for me, because I knew what I wanted to achieve, but not how to do this in Evernote, and as a guide to using Evernote - then this book is isn't a how to guide, and the lack of pictures or diagrams was a disappointment.
There will not be much new information in this book for people who have been using evernote for a while now. However, if you are a new user or considering this service, this book will be very helpful for yo.
Work Smarter with Evernote by Alexandra Samuel is well-written, easily digestible book for anyone looking to start using Evernote. Whether you want to use Evernote for business or personal, there is something for everyone in Evernote and Alexandra walks you through it.
She highlights the platforms the software can be installed on, who might find the best benefits of using Evernote, the importance of security with the application and some of the best ways to use the software.
For example, if you are planning your next vacation...Evernote can help. You can setup a notebook regarding your vacation and store all your ideas, receipts, reminders, hotel options, flight options and many other items. You can tag the notes in the notebook for easier finding (i.e. Year / location). Once you have completed the trip, you can discard the notebook or archive it.
It is a quick and easy read and some of the concepts are not new, you probably will find something useful that you did not know about Evernote before you started reading. This book is geared towards beginners and first users of the Evernote software.
This was a pretty good buy, especially for the price. It took me about a day to finish the book and spruce up my notebooks. One of the main tips stressed the difference between notebooks and tagging; Samuel suggested making individual notebooks for things like ongoing work notes, current clients, financial and household logs, etc., but also tag them according to who you're collaborating with or what your specific work relates to. Tags are great for stringing together concepts that are not constrained to just one notebook topic, and that's something that, until lately, I've just been too lazy to take advantage of.
But honestly, I think you could get all of the information contained in this book for free if you Google "Evernote organization tips." The author even links to a discussion on an Evernote forum debating the usefulness of tags, which she had literally just described a paragraph earlier.
This book I found excelent: focussed, practical, really down to the point. Often the design plans in Evernote are just overkill. Hardly anyone will tell you just when and why to use tags vs. folders, or why (and how) to use both. Well, here it is clear and rationally explained. This only detail deserves the attention of every Evernoter!. You hardly need any other book on Evernote. Well, maybe a glance at Marjorie Harris' 'The Master Note System' would do you good, if you haven't read it yet. And even then, you'll want check out Alexandra's for a while. Being myself an open-minded sceptical male chauvinist, there's one thing I wonder -Why must all good Evernote books be authored by ladies?
I have used Evernote casually for several years, but was finding that I could not find items in it well, nor was how to use it intuitive to me. I found that the information in this book was helpful in learning the basic ideas of what to do with Evernote and how to better incorporate it into my lifestyle. However, I found that in the end that by doing a google search for the free information on the net, I found better information.
I still believe this is a good book and if you are looking for a basic primer on how to use Evernote, it will get the job done. If you don't have time to do your own research on the subject, the book is worth purchasing.
There are tons of works on using Evernote. Lots of them re-tread the same ground by including the most basic "how to" aspects of the tool.
This book is not that. It's a decently deep exploration of applications and strategies to employ with Evernote. The author also includes many "tips" sections (quite a few from other users) that really spur great ideas for how to work with Evernote in your own life tool kit.
My favorite part is the admonition to give the ubiquitous capture potential of Evernote an honest trial period. I committed to two weeks of capturing anything I wanted to capture using exclusively into Evernote. I am very happy with the results, and the increase in my own productivity has been immense.
This book was great in that it provided me a framework in which to use Evernote effectively, and how to get the most from it. Since reading the book I've incorporated Evernote into many facets of my life from cooking, work, my hobbies, and general notes. Having a strategy on how to use anything is a good idea... it is even more important when you are dealing with data. It is amazing the amount of information that you can catalog, and collect. using some of the techniques described in the book has allowed me to look at the way I work in a new light, and gain back a lot of time while delivering better quality results.
I've been using Evernote for quite a while now. But not consistently. I clip this and save that. I take a note here but not there. I use tags in a haphazard fashion and notebooks with wild abandon.
But recently, I've been working on cleaning up my digital life: settling on the applications that really work for me. Figuring out how to stitch them together in ways that make me feel like I have what I need and (even more important) make me feel like it's easy to share different pieces of information with others.
This book helped me think about and implement a plan for using Evernote. I might not quite get with the capture everything -- but I know have organized my notebooks and stacks in way that makes sense. I save information and, most of all, I have a way of saving it that makes retrieval easy. I have bundled information in ways that keeps private what I want to keep private (I've long used evernote to keep my journal) and to share what i want to share (bundling together project notes in ways that can make sense to people who aren't me). Most of all, I've thought through how this is a part of my information stack -- how it works with Pocket (or Instapaper or Readability), Twitter, Zite, Tumblr, Basecamp and all the other things that I use on a regular basis.
And that gets at the missing star. This is a terrific primer on Evernote but I wish it also helped me think about the way it works with other pieces of information systems (why should a link be in evernote and not pocket or pinboard, for example). I'm hoping that, as the series is developed, there is more of that type of information included.