Evernote is by all accounts a very handy tool for business and life in general, so a month long discussion about ‘tools’ for your wedding business, would not be complete without it. Problem is; I don’t use it – yet!
I love the idea of Evernote, but never seem to get around to downloading it; although I can absolutely see how useful it would be to me – in fact I think it was made for me! My resistance stems from the fact that I am an old fashioned kind of girl. One who enjoys the scratch of pencil on paper and pulling pages from magazines as a way of taking notes and keepings things I want to read later. However, as more and more of what I read comes in a digital format, I am finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of what I want to refer back to. I am also very busy; which is both the reason why I haven’t take the time to incorporate it into my life and the reason why I need it.
Wikipedia descibes Evernote as; a suite of software and services, designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments.
When I read that definition it is clear to me that I could benefit from using Evernote and in the spirit of August’s focus on tools, I have set myself the goal of being up and running with it by the end of September. If you feel the same way, you might like to read 3 must have Tech Tools for Wedding Planning for an overview of what Evernote is and how it can benefit you.
I also enjoyed reading, Evernote World: How a Wedding Planner Uses Evernote. In this blog post, Italian Wedding Planner, Barbara Pederzini outlines how she uses Evernote for 3 distinct purposes: to capture ideas related to her personal life, work life and family life. She explains that she has a separate notebook for each of these, where she archives notes by content and function, including a dedicated Shared Notebook that she uses to exchange advice regarding books, movies and television recommendations with her brother. As soon as I read that last function I started thinking of ways such a Notebook could be used with clients (another reason why this software is worth investigating further). This post about using Evernote the ‘right way’ also strikes me as being very handy for developing my understanding of how to get the most out of Evernote and it is one I am going to keep as a reference for once I am up and running with the software.
If you join me in using Evernote, I would love to hear from you about how you are using it and if you have started using any new tools over the last month, let us know about those too.