My best friend throughout my pursuit of three college degrees, other than my wife, was a pack of 3×5 note cards. My habit was to make notes in every class of key take-aways, quotes and facts to memorize. I always had a pack of cards in my pocket.
I also used 3×5 note cards to make notes from books I’ve read throughout the years and I’ve read a LOT of business books. I would re-read my note cards and found that my take-aways began to accumulate and my knowledge went from my head to my heart. Take-aways became talking points.
I still have the cards somewhere packed away in a box in my garage. I wish I could find them and read every one of them. I wrote note cards for over 35 years. I was never very good at counting jellybeans in a jar at the county fair, but as I try to estimate my card count, I settle on a number somewhere in excess of 50,000 cards. I wish I could access them quickly and easily.
A few years ago, I discovered Evernote. It was the first app I added to my first iPhone. I made a few notes and uploaded business cards and pictures. I even used the little elephant (Evernote webclipper) in my browser to cut and paste screen shots into my notes.
Unfortunately, I downloaded many other note apps. My favorite of all, and I think I tested most of the note apps is SimpleNote. The name says it all. I use it every day in many different ways.
But it’s not Evernote.
I recently re-discovered Evernote. I read a couple of E-books which helped me to see new ways to employ the tool. I could be so much further down the road to note taking and most importantly, note retrieval had I been disciplined enough to use the power of Evernote.
What would happen if you made only 5 notes a day, every day for 5 years? Your Evernote library would be holding (assuming a Professional Upgrade) over 9,000 notes. Access to each note would be simple, fast and reliable. Ulitmately, this is what re-sold me on Evernote…my notes on everything, available forever.
Searching a note file is much better that searching a big box for a notecard.