These Are a Few of My Favorite Apps: Evernote

evernote_app_icon_250x250While you might be using a practice management platform to help you keep track of your client files, billing, payment processing, and marketing, sometimes you might need a way to keep track of those little bits of information that pop up in everyday life. You know what I am talking about—that great idea you had when you are having dinner with a friend, that inspiring ad you saw while riding the train to work, the great notes you saw on a meeting whiteboard, or the collection of business cards and post-its littering your desk.

Instead of letting great ideas or information slip by, I use Evernote to help me make sense of the thousands of messages and inspirations I see on a weekly basis. If you aren’t already familiar with Evernote, it’s an app that makes it easy to remember things using your computer, phone and the web. You can type or text notes, clip web pages, take photos, or grab screenshots and then use Evernote to process, organize and index everything. It even makes text in pictures and handwritten notes fully searchable.

There are tons of ways to use Evernote for both your personal life and your law firm, but here are a few of my top suggestions:

  • Content Creation. If you care about SEO for your website, you know it is important to frequently update your blog. Use Evernote to save ideas, inspiration and articles in one place so you won’t have to scramble to find writing ideas.
  • Workplace Improvements. Evernote allows you to collaborate with others and share notes. Allow your staff members and other attorneys to send ideas for business improvement to a single notebook.
  • Project Management. You can keep a to-do list in each notebook, snap pictures of meeting notes, and keep track of budgets and receipts, and then share notebooks with your team.
  • Email Archive. Sometimes I get great emails but I like to keep my inbox at zero when possible. Use Evernote to store messages that you want to save and access in the distant future but can’t act on right now.
  • Twitter Archive. If you use Twitter, you know that messages become unsearchable after a few days. When you see a Tweet that you may want to revisit in the future, save it to Evernote and you’ll be able to search and find it easily.

For more great tips on how to use Evernote for your law practice, check out Ben Steven’s suggestions at TheMacLawyer.com. And check by next week for part 3 of “These Are a Few of My Favorite Apps.”  Check out part 1 here.