1000 and one use cases for @Evernote

Here’s a master list of all the use cases I have for Evernote in my everyday life.

Last update: 27/08/12

Job hunt (see episode #007)

  • Log of all actions: calls, e-mail, meetings, etc …
  • Storage of the most interesting ads
  • Information about the company I meet
  • My CV in Word
  • My cover letters
  • Debrief on the spot recorded in audio with the iPhone as soon as I get out of an interview
  • Pic of the notes taken during a call, I make a picture and then tagged in Evernote
  • Business cards photo indexed via OCR so they become searchable
  • Storage of important e-mails for future reference

Production of podcast and blogging

  • Blog post prepared in Evernote and copy/pasted when ready to be published
  • Shownotes for the podcasts I produce
  • All information: log of contacts, interview questions, etc …
  • Atists bios or articles found during the preparation of the interviews
  • Episodes in MP3 format when less than 50Mb, for archiving purpose
  • Archiving of the raw audio files of the interviews

Information for reference (GTD reference material)

  • Photo of restaurant where you go: facade, menu, dish. My personal Gault Millault!
  • Photo of wine bottle labels I have the opportunity to drink with comment. Identifies good quality / price ratio.
  • Archives of old personal web pages
  • Testing various materials found on the Net: guitars, effects, running shoes, gadgets, etc …
  • e-mail to keep
  • How-Tos
  • PDF manuals (eg, cameras, gadgets, etc …)
  • The pictures of the covers of books I read with comments
  • The pictures of movie posters that I saw with commentary
  • The pictures of posters of shows I’ve seen with commentary
  • The photos of the posters I saw exhibitions with comment

Digital Memory

  • Selected photos taken with iPhone to keep these little moments of life.
  • Short video shot with iPhone (eg a child who sings a song)
  • Automatic backup of all my Instagram pics using an IFTTT recipe (see episode #004)
  • Creating a written note for all the “funny words” from my kids (they love to review them once in a while)
  • Audio or video recording of children’s song of my kids

Information related to the music and the guitar

  • Guitar tabs found on the Net
  • Chords grids
  • Short videos recorded during the guitar course I have with a teacher
  • Storage of classified ads for used guitar interesting reference prices, specs, etc …

Information related to running

  • The courses of the marathons I ran or intend to run
  • Documents enrollment in races
  • Official timing web pages backup
  • Pre-race check-list
  • Up to date medical certificate

Administrative documents

  • Travel documents
  • Bills of online purchases
  • Photo ID, family book, medical certificate, etc …
  • Photos of the opening hours of shops around my house
  • Storage via photo or PDF electronic document administration: iPhone phone bill, etc …
  • Warranties

Recipes

  • Photo pages of cookbooks or article
  • Photo of final dish
  • Note possible to complete the recipe: change, change of ingredient, appreciation, etc …

Work related stuff

  • E-mail reference
  • Reference information (intranet site, login information, etc.).
  • Document management (assessments, etc.).
  • Reference documents (PowerPoint presentation)
  • Notes taken during a conference
  • Note taking during meetings to keep track of what is said and decided

House hunt

  • Storage of classified ads
  • Various documents required for getting the loan
  • Official documents
  • Ikea kitchen pictures for reference
  • Photos of furniture with size and price info
  • Plans
  • Quote of the artisans
  • Invoices

Twitter archive

  • Backup of all my tweets with IFTTT (see episode #004) for all the Twitter accounts I manage
  • Use of the Evernote desktop app internal search engine to find a previous tweet (works way faster than the Twitter search engine)

11 Comments

  1. These are all amazing tips! I just wish I had known about EN when I first lost my job nearly a year ago. While I do love my current job(and it’s better than the old one) it might have helped me find at least a stable job much much sooner.

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    • Hello Kale,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I hope you are still using Evernote more than ever! Do you use it in your current job?

      Pierre.

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      • most certainly! :)
        I run CNC mills/lathes, and I’m trying to perfect my programming skills, and although I haven’t really had the chance to setup anything, I’m pretty confident that I could if my coworker would let me, hehe. :)

        But I have sooooo many notes xD

        Notes on the setups, the tools, the materials, program numbers, etc. And since I have it on my phone I don’t have to run to the little office with the computer to retrieve all my info. :P

        The only thing that would make it better would be if I had a tablet, lol.

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  2. another use is to take a pic of work schedule do u always have it. Make notes inside of the note of any changes to your schedule. and plus why would u write it down the less work u have to do the better. I am also using it for my trip to Texas in march.

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    • Thanks for the feedback Shane.

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  3. After your wonderful tips on Twitter (I’m @doomzTO), I’m very happy with the way Evernote is going so far. I signed up for a year of Premium, and I’m already finding uses for it — lots of old documents that I’m able to store in one place, and I’m sure I’ll figure out more as I go :)

    Thanks for the help — it’s very appreciated!

    Reply
    • Hello Casey,

      Thanks for your comment and welcome to the club!

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line or tweet me I will be more than happy to answer them if I can.

      Pierre.

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  4. I had my Banns certificate scanned into Evernote and on my wedding day, when the vicar happened to mentioned that he hadn’t received the Banns Certificate and that he shouldn’t marry us without it, I was able to show it to him on my phone and email it directly to him. Disaster averted!

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    • What an awesome use case !! Evernote to the rescue. :-)

      Thanks for sharing Gareth.

      Pierre.

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  5. Great list Pierre. Minor typo:

    “used cases” -> “use cases”

    — Robert

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    • Correction done. I keep doing that mistake !

      Thanks,

      Pierre.

      Reply

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