I’ve been told it’s the cat’s meow, but I still can’t come up with compelling enough reasons to actually use Evernote. I’m like a poster child for the app though. I have an iPhone, I’ve got a fancy schmancy iPad, this lighting-fast-rocket-scientist-approved MacBook Pro. I’d love to be able to sync notes between all three, and even went so far as to start looking for a way to do it, doing shit like Googling, “how do I sync my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook?” and, “Can I sync stickies with my iPhone and iPad?” (I’m a huge fan of stickies) and seeing, buried deep in some discussion thread about why stickies suck (remind me to flame that asshole) someone simply saying, “Evernote is perfect for this”. I think my forehead is still a little red from where I slapped it. After all, I’ve had Evernote installed since almost the first day I got my Macbook, based on a recommendation from a friend of mine (Hey Tracy!) who swears by it. Then I got an iPad and it was probably like, the third app I installed, right behind DropBox and iBooks (okay, fourth… I did install the Marvel Comics App before the thing had even warmed up, after all).
And on paper it’s perfect. Install Evernote on your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your desktop… and sync them all. Create a note on your phone and sync it with your laptop. Embed locations into documents and search for notes based on geolocation. Install the Safari (or Firefox) extension and clip whole web pages to save and read (or whatever) later. You can even clip things and save them to Evernote as a PDF. See? Am I right? It’s like, the perfect app.
So why don’t I use it?
I’m not saying, “like I barely use it, dude.” No, I’m saying, “I don’t ever use it” (no pun intended).
And it makes me think. Why don’t I use it? Is it the extra step involved in creating a note in Evernote? Is it even an extra step?
So I make little promises to myself, like some reformed alcoholic, looking at myself in the mirror in the morning while I shave, “Today I’m going to use Evernote. Today will be the day!” In my head, I even say it with a Tony Robbins voice and agree with myself, “yes Jeff, you CAN use Evernote today! Today you’ll be a beacon of organization! A standard-bearer of all things orderly and organized!” I “golly gee whiz” myself a couple times, grab my laptop bag, get to work…
And promptly write shit on little scraps of paper surrounding my keyboard… using a dull pencil.
For all my digital acumen, I’m still just a guy with a desk filled with real, actual sticky notes. But I promise I am gonna start using Evernote for like, ALL my notes and important stuff.
First thing tomorrow.