Extra: If you really want to go deep on Evernote check out the “Evernote Essentials” ebook.
Of course you have, it’s happened to all of us, and it’s usually some little tidbit of information we feel like we “should know” but need so rarely it doesn’t get stuck in our heads.
Recently I found myself remembering that I needed to replace my printer ink cartridges. I don’t print much so I don’t have to replace them often, which means there is little chance of me remembering the exact cartridges I need. So I stopped in at Best Buy, took a guess, and of course got the wrong ones.
Back in the car and another trip out to trade them in for the correct ones, but before I left, I took a picture of the top of the cartridges and uploaded it into Evernote. Quick, simple, synchronized with every device I own, and it’ll always be there when I need it.
At current gas prices, that one extra trip cost me the $5 equivalent of my monthly Evernote Premium account (which I happily pay for), not to mention the time.
Evernote is great for keeping and organizing notes, and for keeping todo items in context. But what about those bits of info that you only need once in a great while, and rarely remember because you rarely need them?
Here are 5 “uncommon” things to keep in Evernote so you’ll always have them when you need them:
- Printer Ink/Cartridge Info and Printer Model Number: We already talked about this one but it was the inspiration for this post to it bears repeating.
- Vehicle Info: VIN number, License Plate Number, Oil Type/Weight, … all that little info you need occasionally, and sometimes without warning.
- Where You Parked: There are apps for that (sort of) but if you travel a lot it’s easy to pull into your parking spot, snap a quick picture of where you parked (hint: get the sign with the Terminal/Level/Row info in the shot) and upload it to Evernote for quick reference from any device. On the next trip delete it and take another.
- Running Grocery List: It doesn’t do you much good stuck to the fridge when you decide to stop by the grocery store on your way home from work. Keep it in Evernote, add to it as you need to and you’ll always have it. With Evernote’s sharing feature you can ensure others in your household have access too!
- Gift Lists: Inevitably I see things that I think “would make a great gift for so-and-so at Christmas/Birthday/…, I’ll have to remember that” but I never do. Keep a list of people you buy for, from family and friends to people you work with, clients, etc… so as you see fitting things you can note it, take a pic, whatever helps you remember where you saw it and how much. If you’re so inclined, grab extra data like a shot of the manufacturer, model number, etc… incase you go back to that store and they don’t still have it y ou can hunt on line or elsewhere.
I’m sure there are a ton of other practical things to keep in Evernote, what do you take note of so you’ll always “remember” it?
Extra: If you really want to get awesome at Evernote check out the “Evernote Essentials” ebook.