As a developer, working with other colleagues in an office, or when doing my own consulting business, I look for tools that make my collaboration, internal documentation/knowledge building and task management efficient. Whilst I've tried and tested many apps, from Apple's Reminders tool, to Things (CulturedCode), there is one tool i've constantly gone back to, since I initially started using it in 2008, and that's Evernote. Evernote is my tool to be an efficient Developer, in my opinion.
Essentially, whatever platform im on, iOS, Android, Mac, PC, it all fits into my workflow. In fact, I even have Evernote on my Pebble watch, for quickly glancing at tasks, and reminders.
When I attend project meetings, I use Evernote to record both in audio, and through various iPad style-friendly tools, like Skitch which helps brainstorm technical discussions held in meetings, from which I can later automatically transcribe through the cloud to my Mac, or share with other Evernote users in my company.
When I work on tasks and projects on my own, I rely on Evernote, which helps compartmentalise and structure my thoughts in research. I copy PDFs, images, drag in anything I want and it gets recorded. I can email directly to my Evernote account, and I can access my Evernote notes from an internet cafe computer, by logging in to Evernote. Essentially, whatever platform im on, iOS, Android, Mac, PC, it all fits into my workflow. In fact, I even have Evernote on my Pebble watch, for quickly glancing at tasks, and reminders.
Evernote keeps my daily affairs and errants in-tact, from quickly scanning my parking tickets, or receipts for tax purposes, it not only captures it but through smart OCR, allows the text to be searchable, which means, I can tag it and quickly look it up come tax-time. The notes I create on the fly are also geo-tagged, so I know where I wrote that note, which comes in handy more times than I can remember. I also attach a reminder to notes, and have them schedule in at certain times of the day. This is all part of my Getting Things Done workflow that I have methodically refined over my years, and through personal task management evolution, Evernote is the current tool that sustains my lifestyle management practice.
Evernote is certainly free to use, and you get most of the functionality out of it for gratis, but you get the following benefits:
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