If you’ve read much of what I’ve written here, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of blogging. Moreover, I’m a big fan of writing. I think writing is a lost art, and with that loss we miss out on a ton of therapeutic value in writing.
From word processors to the old fashioned pen-and-paper method, I’ve used dozens of different applications to keep my writings and writing habits in one place. As technology has advanced, so too have these applications. My favorite of all the ones I’ve tried: Evernote.
Evernote’s idea is simple: Make all your writings available wherever you go. Whether it’s on your smartphone, a web browser, your tablet, or computer; Evernote makes your content available to you. The reason I like this idea so much is that there are plenty of places that I am struck with an inspiring thought, idea, or image. I want to be able to capture that idea and save it for future development. Among other things, Evernote allows you to take a picture of some notes you scribbled on a napkin at lunch, and convert that image to searchable text.
Here’s how I have my writing workflow setup. Within Evernote I have a dozen or so notebooks for my various projects. For my professional blogging, I have two notebooks: Ideas and Published. I have roughly 100 notes in my Ideas notebook that are at various stages of development. I also include the number of words written in the title. This helps me to know how well I’ve developed the idea or not (example title: Seven Reasons to Separate Instead of Divorce – 480). Once I have published a post, I move the note from Ideas to Published. This helps keep things clear for me so I know what has been published, and what hasn’t been.
My goal is to write 500 words per day. This may sound like an easy exercise, but it’s pretty difficult to do on a consistent basis. I’ve found that Evernote helps to keep me in the flow of writing because the app is always open on my main computer at the office. I’m constantly reminded to write, which helps me in one key way: I get a lot of ideas out of my head and onto paper. This frees me up to think about new things, which often times is the next appointment that is getting ready to walk through my door.
So there’s one vote for you to include Evernote into your business. What applications have you found helpful in your writing habits? Let me know in the comment section below.