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I’m always on the lookout for the next note-taking, task-making, or time-saving productivity apps out there. If you’re like me, it might take you two or three tries before you get “hooked” to a new app or software.

EvernoteMy first attempt at using Evernote didn’t last very long but on my second try I have found that Evernote offers much more than note-taking. If you’re a writer, a thinker, a speech-giver, or just a person who loves lists, here’s five reasons you should start using Evernote now:

1) Get focused on what’s important the Evernote way. 

Our day is known as the “information age,” which means we receive five times as much information every day as we did in 1986. To put that in perspective, a recent study shows that we are bombarded by the equivalent of 174 newspapers of data a day. It’s hard to stay focused on what’s important when assailed by a sea of information. Evernote works as a tool to help you “note” the pieces worth keeping before you forget about them.

2) Gather your scattered data in one place.

When I first started working in the management world I had lists everywhere. Information, tasks, and ideas were scribbled in different places; journal 1, notes app, calendar app, journal 2, a random piece of paper, etc. To-dos, ideas, and notes need to be accessible when you need them; and I would often forget which notebook I used to for that special piece of data. Evernote is your all-in-one information zone. Instead of taking notes in different areas, commit yourself to one place and stick to it.

3) Organize your data the way you want.

Evernote’s Notebook and Tag features help you organize your information, whether you’re taking notes following a phone call with a client, jotting down a blog idea, or simply making a journal entry.  The Notebooks and Tags features can be used how you want, and they function as a helpful means to keep your notes and ideas easily findable when you need them. Beware though, it’s easy to overload on unnecessary tags.

4) Have access to your notes everywhere.

Evernote works on all your devices; tablet, phone, laptop and web. The free option only allows you to use two devices (you can compare the paid plans here). When you discover the article that would make a great teaching illustration, simply attach the article to a Notebook you might name “Illustrations,” or “Articles.”  That note will sync to all your devices, giving you easy access all around. This is great for taking notes in meetings, or taking pictures content.

5) Evernote is easy to use and works well. 

The only thing worse than apps that are hard to use are apps that function poorly. Evernote is both easy to use, and works great. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how fast data syncs, and how intuitive it was to figure out what Notebooks and Tags were. I had no need to watch any tutorials; it’s that easy to use.

Evernote has a free version and a premium version. The free version is absolutely great, but here’s a limited opportunity to try out the premium version for free!

Try Evernote Premium by making an account here.