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evernote-logo-designIf you’re an entrepreneur your time is one of your most important allies.  Lose time, decrease productivity. Decrease productivity, profits slip.  Profits slip, lose more time as you must divert attention to understand why profits are slipping. It’s kind of like watching a line of dominoes fall.

But what if you could go back to the first domino and keep it from falling to start with?  What if you could back up and save the time you lost by simply downloading a free app that synchronizes across your desktop, smart phone and iPad?  Could it really be that easy?

Well let me suggest that it really is.  I began using Evernote a couple years ago and have found this app to be the one I use the most to manage so many different aspects of my life.  In fact, each week I write my blog post in Evernote and then share it with my son, Nathan, and his company Solario Solutions then uploads it to my website.

But there are so many other ways in which Evernote can help your productivity and save you time.  Here are just a few ways I use this app:

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Keep a running note of names of people I meet and a brief description of them. I simply update the note on the fly and can always refer back to it if my memory fails me.

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Take photos of business cards I receive to save the info for future reference. This keeps me from accumulating stacks of cards and wasting time looking for a person’s contact info.

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Copy photos or documents to Evernote for easy manipulation and annotations (arrows, highlights, boxes, etc.)

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Use Evernote on the fly for quick note taking, entering data either by typing or speaking into the app.

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Use the List option to track my To Do lists, checking them off when completed.

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My Evernote account provides me with a unique Evernote email. In turn, I use that email address to sign up for internet based newsletters and websites. This results in the newsletters and website updates coming directly to my Evernote account, bypassing my personal email.

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Evernote has a great audio recording feature. When I’m out walking or running, I frequently listen to audio books or podcasts. Evernote is the perfect tool to speak into my thoughts or notes from the books or podcasts I’m listening to for future reference. It is also a great way to document discussions and meetings I may have with my team members.

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The sharing feature in Evernote allows me to share my notes with others who can collaborate with me on the same note, offering three different options to the person I am sharing the note with: 1) View, 2) Edit, or 3) Edit and Invite.

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When I find articles on the internet that I want to either save permanently or read later, Evernote offers a one click option within my browser to send the article to Evernote in several different formats.

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These are just a few of the ways that I use Evernote. In addition though, Evernote’s vast search function is a powerful way to track down info that I stored days, months or years prior.  The apps’ ability to pull up the info based on a word search or via tags is incredible and is another way that an entrepreneur will save valuable time.

Finally, let me acknowledge that even though I use Evernote daily and find it an indispensable tool for life and business, there are so many more functions and uses that this powerful app offers than I have enumerated above.

Many of these additional uses have been written about extensively by others, including Michael Hyatt.  Here’s just one of many articles Hyatt has written about Evernote:  12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote

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So, the next time you’re wondering how you can find some more time in your day, give Evernote a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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