Evernote. When it started to become really popular, I decided to check it out and see if it was something I could use. I first registered for it in August 2013, but I discovered that I had no use for it. I’ve read how people use it for different tasks, but I was already using something else for those tasks. A to-do app with a reminder function? I use Todoist. A note keeping app for random titbits and keeping digital scraps? Google Keep does the job perfectly for me. I simply had no use for Evernote. It just sat there for the next couple of years, collecting dust, and then I finally found a use for it.
In January of this year, I started to keep notes on what I did every day. Who I met, what I bought, what I ate, what happened at work — all things I didn’t want to blog about, but wanted to remember for my own benefit. I wrote these notes in a notebook at first, but that proved to be a bit of a hassle. A month later, Raisa blogged about The Little Memory, which I realised would be a much better alternatives to writing down my daily happenings! So from mid-February to mid-March, I gave The Little Memory a try.
It worked for a while, but then I realised that the app wasn’t working out well in terms of interface and functionality. I didn’t like how I couldn’t search through my memories, see multiple memories on-screen at once, and write long memories without the interface acting up on me. Honestly, The Little Memory’s extra features like showing previous memories that happened a week or a month ago wasn’t useful. Plus, the stats proved to be unnecessary.
I tried Google Keep to see if it’d work out, but it didn’t. Then I tried Evernote, and I saw that it was perfect for what I wanted! It has a search function, so if I want to recall a price of what I’ve bought back in March, I can just search for the keyword. This displays multiple memories (albeit, the summaries) on-screen, so it’s easy to glance through them and see what had happened in the last few days. Then there’s the fact that I can write longer memories in the larger text box. Even better is that I can set up notebooks in this app! I’ve set up my notebooks based on months, and when I type up a new entry for the day, I put it in the corresponding month. I entitle my daily entries by its date, so when I sort them, they are listed in order.
The photo above is an example of what sort of things I type in my daily notes. I find that keeping these daily notes help, especially since I have something to reference back on if I need it. Some days I don’t type a lot, especially on my bum days, but then there are days where I type up several paragraphs of all my happenings for that day. This method works well for me, and I am glad to have finally found a need for Evernote! Though I don’t utilise all its feature, what I do use is good enough for me.
Do you use Evernote? How do you use it? Do you keep daily journals or notes of your day? What format do you prefer? Share with me in the comments!