The Best Free Tool Ever Invented!

When it comes to succeeding online, and staying sane in the process, the number one enemy is not a lack of traffic or not knowing which niche to promote or even knowing where to start.

Don’t get me wrong – those are important things. But they are not the #1 killer of success.

The #1 killer of success is information overload.

And today we’re going to solve that problem. Because today you are going to be introduced, or re-introduced, to the best tool on the planet for staying organized, gathering information and keeping things simple.

Best of all … it’s completely free.

The tool is called Evernote. It’s free, it works and it literally changed my life when I started using it.

You should know that there is a paid version but it’s only necessary in very limited cases. I use the paid version because I work with so much data. But I used the free version for about a year before upgrading.

For most people the free version will do all you need.

As the owner of the Directory of Ezines I do a lot of research into ezines to include in the DOE. Lots of ezines want to be in the DOE but they don’t all make the cut. Which means I have to do a lot of research about them, plus the research I do finding ezines on my own, plus my own marketing.

In other words, I visit a lot of sites and gather data.

In the old dark days (before Evernote) I used to bookmark sites. But that was a hassle. I had to organize the bookmarks manually by creating folders. Then the bookmarks would not work on my laptop at home or my iPad.

And if I wanted to include notes about the site, or a PDF or copy of an email, I was out of luck.

There had to be a better way!

There was, and it’s name is Evernote.

Here is a video from the Evernote site, used with permission of course.

Here is one way I use Evernote…

I use Evernote so much that it’s hard to talk about how I use it without writing a novel-sized article. Since you don’t need to spend all day reading, let me show you one way I use Evernote that might apply to you.

Never lose another good idea again! 

I use Evernote to write down article ideas as I have them. The process I use can be used for any idea.

I have Evernote on both my Macs (iMac and MacBook Air) and on my iPad and iPhone as well. Yep … I’m a Mac guy.

But you don’t have to use Macs to use Evernote just like I do. It works on almost any platform.

Back to the article ideas. Have you ever had a great idea for an article, or for anything actually, and not written it down and then later forgotten it? We’ve all been there and it’s frustrating.

Evernote solves that.

What I do with Evernote is to write down the article idea the moment I have it. But I don’t try to write the article then. I only make notes about the article and give it a working title. Sometimes I end up writing the entire article in one sitting but most of the time I make notes or create an outline like I teach in Article Marketing Live.

Here are three views of my Evernote to show you want that looks like.

Here is a partial snapshot of my Evernote notebooks.

There are too many to fit on one screen. I’ve covered up the names of people I work with for their privacy.

Notice how the Article Idea notebook is highlighted? That is the notebook we are going to look at next.

Next is my “Article Idea” list.

I currently have 89 article ideas, with notes, that have not been written yet. This is one of the greatest things about using Evernote if you are a blogger or article marketer, or writer of any kind.

Over time you will gather into one place more ideas than you ever thought possible because you are doing it as you go. “Inch by inch it’s a cinch” as they say. It would be very hard for me to create 89 good article ideas in one sitting.

But because I write the idea down immediately I’ve gathered that many quite easily.

Here is a partial screenshot of my 89 article ideas. Please don’t use them! 🙂

NOTE: Notice the blue word “Strategy” in the “Going Broke” listing (the one in grey)? With Evernote you can use tags to find things quickly. So what I do is add tags to my article ideas that match the categories of my blog and then I know at a glance how many article ideas I have for each section of my blog.

Next is a view of my notes for the “Going Broke” article.

You will notice that these are notes only and they are kind of rough. But I can turn these notes into a full article in about 30 minutes because I captured the idea when I had the idea and don’t have to strain to remember what I wanted to say.

This concept alone – making the note when the idea is fresh – will save you hours of time and much frustration as well.

Notice too that I had this idea over 6 months ago (as of the time I’m writing this) and that idea is still fresh and ready to go. Having an arsenal of ideas at your fingertips is incredibly important when doing content marketing.

There are many other things you can do with Evernote, such as …

  • Clip entire webpages
  • Clip parts of a webpage
  • Share notes with others
  • Save PDF files inside Evernote
  • Dictate notes into Evernote
  • Automatically sync between all your devices
  • Format notes in almost any way you want
  • Drag images into notes
  • Print notes
  • And much more

I strongly encourage you to get Evernote and give it a test drive. It’s one of those tools that gets better with time — the more you use it the more useful it becomes.

I hope you enjoyed this short review. Please do leave a comment below.

134 thoughts on “The Best Free Tool Ever Invented!”

  1. Thanks for the info on Evernote. It always takes me awhile to gather my thoughts, but this will make it so much easier! I always appreciate your advice and help. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Happy you find it helpful. The more you use Evernote the more useful it becomes. I especially like the ability to take a photo with my phone and have it go directly into Evernote.



  2. Sunday 25th October 2015

    Hi Chalie,

    A really valuable article.

    I have downloaded Evernote.

    Thanks for your help.

    Kind regards


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  4. Thank you so much for that review and for being a MAC Guy.
    The first one I bought was $3500 including the matrix printer!

    1. Wow – matrix printers go back a ways! Macs are expensive up front but so much easier to use and there is almost no upgrade costs. I just installed Yosemite free of charge. I don’t remember that ever happening in my Wintel days.

      Appreciate your comment.

  5. Evernote came with my laptop and at the time I didn’t know what a useful tool it was. I started learning about it a few weeks ago and now I’m using it to organize my writing projects. I would recommend it to anyone.

  6. Thanks Charlie , i do use ever note in a very small way , but makes a lot of sense , so i will look / learn to use it more , cheers, Criss.

  7. Thank you Charlie. I never imagined “Evernote” could be my organizer. I had it once on my computer but lost it and never downloaded it again. I will do that now. Thanks again.
    Mitzi Robinson

  8. Hi Charlie, thanks for giving me more information about “Evernote”.
    I’ve been racking my brain all day to find videos so I can back them up but I’ve forgotten where I put them, if I wrote the local down I would know where they are! Great stuff Charlie

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  10. Charlie thank you for telling me about Evernote. I am going to learn how to use it. I always have a little block note in my pocket to write down the ideas when they come. I have to learn how to substitute the block note.

    1. You don’t really need to do that. Moleskin makes a great notebook that integrates your written notes with Evernote. You can learn more about it on the Evernote site.


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  14. Here is a tip for Evernote: add the web clipper to all of your devices.

    Since it is cross-browser and cross-platform, it will work on your PC, Mac, and even mobile devices like iPhone or iPad.

    Now you can save content into Evernote while on the go.

    1. Charlie Page

      Agreed! I love the web clipper. Another tip – add Evernote as a printer and print receipts and more directly into Evernote.

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  18. This is a blessing because when I get an idea I always think that I will remember what it was about, but in 99% of the cases I just plain forgot.

    With Evernote I hope to capture the moment so that I came use at a later time.

    Thanks for this valuable piece of free information

    1. I have suffered from the same thing. Evernote fixed it for me. Evernote can even capture handwritten notes, using a cell phone camera or a camera on your laptop, and make them searchable! The more you use it the more you will want to use it. I’m happy you found this helpful.

  19. I heard about Evernote before but didn’t pay attention. Well your article somehow made me notice. Maybe its because since I first heard of it I have accumulated what seems to be tons of information!

    Thanks for the Post

  20. Hi Charlie,
    Thank you for telling us about Evernote. I am going to try to use it eventhou not knowing yet how to use it.
    Thank you.

  21. I think I am a more prolific writer because of Evernote. Right now, I’m writing a $100 million budget movie. It’s a period piece that requires a lot of documentation. I’m able to use the Evernote Web Clipper to capture my research and organize it so that I can create a character that feels alive at a very specific moment in history. Without Evernote, I’d be lost. Evernote helps me feel free. It helps me connect the dots between different notes and ideas and ultimately, Evernote has helped me become more creative. It’s helped me find things I wouldn’t have found without it.

  22. Charlie,

    A P.S. To my first response on this… just went and downloaded Evernote. Seeing how I might use it. Not exactly a techie, but creating my first note, lol.


  23. Charlie,

    I saw this a bit ago and wanted to get back to it but a “small thing” like a daughter’s wedding got in the way, lol! (btw, my friend, it was a great, great time. The Lord blessed.)

    At any rate, I must confess that I’ve looked at Evernote but never really thought about using it as you have: i.e., for content creation. I have used mind maps, of course, but not this. I will definitely look closer now since I am in the content creation mode so-to-speak.

    Thanks, Charlie. As usual, quality stuff.


  24. Charlie, thanks very much for your advice. I took it am using evernote and can recommend EVERNOTE for Dummies. It can be bought on line but a little searching and one can find it posted as a free download.

    tks again

  25. Terence Parker

    I downloaded and installed Ever Note and although it appears to be a good tool, I can see no advantage for me personally.
    I do not have an iPad, smart phone or a kindle, etc.
    I have a very basic “dumb phone” with text messaging turned off.
    I pay as I go and last year I had used less than 30 minutes for the entire year.
    I do not have an account with Facebook or any other social media.
    So with all that being said, I have a desktop organizer for appoints, notes, address book and calendar.
    I have everything organized in folders from Word documents and I know where everything is.
    Besides, I made the mistake of “logging out” of Ever Note instead of just exiting and now when I try to log in it doesn’t recognize my username and password that I registered when I created the free account.

  26. Evernote turns your Android phone into an extension of your brain. This award-winning app lets you remember and recall anything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put everything into Evernote and watch as it all instantly synchronizes from your phone to the Web to your PC.

    1. I’m a big Mac fan but one thing I love about Evernote is that they make a great product for everyone. This will be the model for success in the future, and in fact now as well.

    1. Excellent! I’m sure you will get the hang of it quickly. The great thing about Evernote is that there is no “wrong” or “right” way to use it. If it helps you then you are doing it right! Thanks.

  27. This is very timely for me as I am just finding my way around my new iPad! I am in the process of building a new website and I hope to do a lot more article writing. Thank you – I would like to learn more about Evernote. Being able to use audio with it truly blows me away!

  28. Charles Kaluwasha

    Hi Charlie,
    Evernote is similar to Endnote a soft ware we use to save, write health articles and reports, very easy to use, makes your life easy.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable tool.

    1. I don’t know Endnote but I did use OneNote in my Windows days. It was a great program, ahead of it’s time. But Evernote beats it hands down. I’m glad you are happy with Endnote. Thanks for commenting.

  29. I have had Evernote on my Android phone for a year or so and it has been on and off my iMac. But… I have never used it. It always seemed like just another thing to learn on top of everything else.

    But my article idea and business idea folders are getting out of control. I need to do something. This article has convinced me to give it a try and maybe your video will help to make the process easier.



    1. Evernote is one of those tools that the more you use it the better it works for you. It’s a trusted system for me. I’ve been using it all day today and do so everyday. Super handy to have it on the phone too. Thanks!

  30. Deirdre Irvine

    Sounds a great idea Something else to learn about I agree about it that even mentors keep sending more emails to sell you stuff does indeed create overload My mind is indeed bulgibg and tyhere is going to be a lot of refunding and deleting

    1. I understand about the overload. I hope that improves for you. Sounds like you are getting too many emails. I have an article coming about that soon.

  31. colin cousins

    Thanks for the tips on evernote Charlie i have been using it for a couple of weeks now and im starting to see more progress in my business already. Im setting up schedules and putting all my ideas down inside aswell and also i capture screen shots and have newsletters going into it aswell
    Thanks for another great article
    Cheers Colin

  32. How to Get Fit

    Thanks Charlie,

    This seems like a very good piece of software that I had not heard of before. I will go and download it and give it a whirl now – I can see some very good value in it, if I can discipline myself to use it correctly.


    1. The more you use it the more you will like it. They have some good “how to” videos on their site and I believe there are some on YouTube as well. Thanks!

  33. Thanks Charlie. I suffer from ‘Info Overload’ too. Even though I’m an organised person, it’s easy to forget where you’ve bookmarked/saved information. I’m going to give this a go. It could be the answer for me.

    1. If you are naturally organized I believe you will love it. So many more options than just bookmarking. Thanks!

  34. Chery Schmidt

    HI Charlie, Thanks for the Great tool. This is one I need badly 🙂 I do have to agree with you about information overload, everyday I get ton’s of e-mails telling me I need this and I need that, even from my Mentors. But I try to stay focused on the task at hand and most of the time just delete everything. My solution to INFORMATION OVERLOAD! But you will be happy to know I always open yours.
    Thanks for all you do
    Chery 🙂

    1. I appreciate that. I know there is a sea of confusion about there and I really appreciate you taking the time to read and respond.

  35. Herman Carpenter

    Hey Charlie, iam Glad to hear that Belin is getting better he is still in my prayers God is good he holds all of us in the palm of his hands he knows whats best for us he made us.
    Doctors are ok but they are human just like us they can only do so much
    put all your faith in God he is the healer and he knows all things and whats best for us.

    God Bless you and your family.

    1. Thanks Herman. We’ve seen lots of divine intervention, in no small part the doctors themselves and their skill.

  36. Thanks Charlie, I have had Evernote on my phone, iPad and computer, but never took much time to learn how to use it. I checked out Amazon, and liked a book called “My Evernote” by Katy Murray. I am seriously considering purchasing the Kindle version to use on my iPad. The one thing that really sounded interesting is that you can make audio notes, that would be great when I think of something I want to remember, when I am out with my phone. Have to learn how to do that. In the past few days, I have realized that I really “need to get organized”, SO thanks much, was very timely!

    1. Happy you found it helpful. The ability to record is great. There are many excellent tools that work with Evernote.

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  38. Harvey Bearinger

    Thanks, Charlie. I’ve just started a content blog in addition to my content-based website. I’ve been collecting favorite videos in my YouTube account and haven’t even started to set up anything else for capturing ideas. I’m on the road a lot so being able to talk to my iPhone would be real helpful (yes, I have handsfree!).

    This is a very timely article. Thanks for being ‘in tune’ and putting it out exactly when I needed it.

  39. Great tool Charlie, Thanks. My Bookmarks are serving this purpose for me now, but as you mentioned, it’s very cumbersome and takes too long to manage which defeats the whole purpose to save time.

    You mentioned making a video showing how to use Evernote. That would be very much appreciated. Thanks…

    Best wishes.


    1. I will do that video as soon as I can. I’m going to be gone for a week or so (will post about that tomorrow) so it will need to wait a bit. What I like about Evernote vs. bookmarks is the ability to capture the page or part of the page. I would never use someone else’s work of course but being able to see the page, vs. just a link, is very helpful. Thanks for commenting.

  40. Great article Charlie!

    I keep hearing about EverNote.

    You’ve sold me. I’m downloading it now…

    It’s really true what you say about capturing an idea while it’s fresh in your mind. The keywords then act as triggers and bring back the whole idea you had.

    Sounds like it will be great for capturing article ideas!

    Thanks, Colin
    PS Yes a video would be cool…

    1. It’s a great tool for any sort of writing. Capture that idea the moment you have it and then come back and fill in the blanks and article writing becomes easier.

  41. Thanks for sharing this Charlie. I’ve tried putting things into spread sheets, but it needs to be structured for that to work so you need tons of spreadsheets. Then you need to organize the spreadsheets 8=)

    The fact that there is an Android app makes this attractive. I just got an Android phone and totally got hooked on the Kindle app and the fact that it syncs with the Kindle app on my PC. I never thought I’d find it as useful as I do!

    Evernote seems to be a tool worth looking into. Other than security issues (being in the cloud) what procedures do you use to protect the data against loss? Are backups simple? I will find this out as I go but just thought I’d put the thought into people’s minds to check into this. So many people don’t bother with backups.

    Thanks for the heads up Charlie. And it was nice to get a bit of an update on Belin through the comments. We’ll pray for him again.

    Say, Evernote would be the perfect tool for a prayer list…

    1. More about Belin coming tomorrow. I use Dropbox and Time Machine as well. I make my living off the data I collect and generate and have been the victim of data loss. Never again. I have two backups – on via Dropbox and one via Time Machine – as well as all files on my local machine.

      When I need to put a new computer in service I can do that with only a few clicks thanks to the cloud.

      I don’t share the concerns over security on the cloud personally and feel comfortable with my files there.

      Thanks for your comment!

  42. Hi Charlie Peter here, how is your brother inlaw,? I hope he is well, not been so good myself, getting old I think makes you feel that way…..still
    tryind to make a buck online…no luck your the main man Charlie…..I wish I could find a little bit of help to succed online without feeling so guilty, all the time for failing…but I sincerely wish you and Hope everything thats good …You are agood man Charlie Page….Regards Rita and Peter

    1. He is well. Surgery is for next Tuesday and we are hopeful. Don’t feel guilty for trying to do a good thing. Trying to succeed is a good thing.

  43. Stress is often the result of TOO MUCH becoming overwhelming. Is there a way to “prioritize” the things you put in Evernote? Like marking them “red” across all categories, or getting a reminder to revisit it? And is there a “back burner” list that reminds you to check it after a month? As a very creative thinker (a typical disorganized one!) that would REALLY fit my needs. Yes, I’ll have all my “stuff” together, but unless it is prioritized, it too will become a muddle!
    Thanks for the great suggestion- I’m a kindred Mac person too!

    1. This is not the best use of Evernote. You might try OmniFocus for this. It is very good at what you describe. Mountain Lion (out today) also has the iOS tasks built right in so that’s an option.

  44. Rae Laframboise

    Thank you for the information Charlie. You are a wonderful mentor.
    Yes – I believe a video on Evernote would be very helpful.
    A faithful DOE member,
    Rae Laframboise

    1. Will do that just as soon as I can. I’ve thought of about three themes for videos and made notes about them. When time allows I’ll probably make several videos and do a little “how to use Evernote” course. It seems people want that. Thanks!

  45. Thanks for the ideas and info, Charlie. I have not heard of Evernote before. It sounds like something I can definitely use. Anything to make me more efficient and productive.

  46. I was just looking for something that would organize me. I’m trying to learn social media and there’s so much information on it that I’m definitely a victim of information overload. This will help tremendously with my continuing education as a writer, and organizing my blog. Thanks!

    1. As a writer you will love it for research, drafts and more. If you make a folder for each social media you will be able to save web pages and more right into that folder. Fully searchable too!

  47. Hi Charlie,
    I LOVE Evernote….I use it constantly! You are right about catching those ideas when you have them. It take it one lazy step forward. I have Dragon Dictate on my iphone and when the idea occurs (especially if I’m out and about) I just speak into the phone and email my Evernote InBox. No typing, idea captured. Way cool.

    Thanks for the post. You’ve got some ninja organized folders there.

    1. Another great tool with Evernote is your Evernote email address. Just email anything to it and you’ve got an instant note. Great for keeping up with receipts of things you buy online. Thank you for your comment.

  48. Hi Charlie,

    Awesome blog post. I love Evernote, and I don’t know how I lived without it before. Since 2010, it has been a tool I use daily – several times.

    Like you, I save ideas for later use, clip home pages or articles, etc.

    Evernote, DropBox and Kanbanflow are three programmes that helps me stay productive.

  49. That was a nice message, Charlie. I’ll take a close look. I used the Franklin Planner software for years. Back then it was a lot like Evernote but with planning functions, as well. Then they made it so complicated, like for CEOs only. I’ve been lost ever since. I’d be real high on video you mentioned.

    Thanks Charlie and thanks for the comments on my phone script. You made me uncomfortable, at first, but the more I contemplated the smarter you got.

    1. I was happy to help. I used to write phone scripts and learned the hard way about what words trip people up and about keeping it short. I’m no expert but am happy my little notes were helpful. I will make the video as time allows but am leaving town to be with Belin soon so that will need to wait. Thanks!

  50. How cool is that! I get the idea. I will definitely look in to getting one. And yes Charlie if you can work it into your very busy schedule, I would love to have a video. Thanks so much for offering but, then again, that’s what you do. Help people, even if you have to work it into your schedule. That’s one of the reasons soooooooooooo many people care about you Charlie. God has really blessed you with so many gifts that you are willing to share with others. You are a part of a precious few Charlie Page.

    I assume you have read my email I sent you. About the solo Ad. Any suggestions on how to pick the best one to give the chance on making some money?

    Again, thank for being my Role Model and your kindness,

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I did read and reply to your email. I can’t say “promote this product using this ezine and you will make money”. No one can do that with absolute certainty. But I do offer pre-written solo ads in the DOE and I do have the Ad Lab showing my results and we do make finding ezines easy. I teach members how to match the product they are promoting to the right ezine in the Learning Center. With a little effort I know you will make a good match and have success.

  51. Hey Charlie:
    Thank you for this great information. It will prove very helpful for all those involved in internet marketing.
    Is there a video tutorial on how to use Evernote available? It sounds like a very useful tool and I would really like to know how to use it to its’ full potential.

    Thanks again and God bless you,

    1. They have some tutorials on their site and I know there are more online too. It’s a great tool for anyone, not just Internet marketers. I know many people who use it who are not in marketing at all. It’s a great tool for anyone who needs to be organized or does research.

  52. Thanks Charlie: Good information I will be checking it out. Maybe I can get rid of all those little pieces of paper with notes that are all over my desk. Thanks, John PS. How is Belin doing??

    1. I think we’ve all been the Sticky Note monster from time to time. Belin is doing well. He is in Houston today for a pre-op appointment and then has surgery next Tuesday. So far things have gone very well and we are so thankful for that and for good folks like you who ask about him.

  53. I will make the world thee world. And it will be remembered for the ages how far we came in such a little time. Just to have ever lived in this era will marvel youth of tomorrow? I’m going make sure of it. Thanks again charlie you are wise among your years.

  54. Thanks Charlie – I had seen Evernote but thought it was only paid and I didn’t really know what I’d do with it. I’m happy to pay, but not if I’m not going to use it. I’m going to check it out. Thanks for taking the time to equip us once again with great tools.

    1. Happy to help. The free version is incredibly powerful. The paid version only necessary once you are using it to it’s full potential and need more storage. Thanks!

  55. Hi Charlie – I use Easytask on my Macs here, I’m just a bit worried about Cloud security and that’s the only thing that kept me away from using Evernote after evaluating it for a month. (Perfect otherwise).

  56. Charlie…thanks for your tip on Evernote. I have a Filemaker database I created that I use like you use this program and I also use Google Tasks. There’s an app I have on my iPhone that interacts with it and no matter where I am, if I have my phone, I can add, modify, etc. this list. It looks like Evernote does even more so I will definitely check it out! Thanks…and get to the article now that we’ve seen what you’re going to write! Elisabeth

    1. I’ll be getting that article done soon. I did a “how to write an article” post recently and then wrote the article from that post. You can see that process by visiting this link. Thank you for your comment.

  57. Vince Czaplyski

    Thanks Charlie, I’ll give it a try. I just came across Evergreen a few weeks ago and have been meaning to check it out.

  58. Charlie, I was wondering how Belin is doing? I wrote him into my daily prayer list and am hoping he is better. Please tell him there are a lot of people like me who are pulling for him and praying. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for asking. He has gone through 4 rounds of chemo successfully and is scheduled for surgery on 7/31. I’m going to update my prayer request post this week in fact and share more details. God has been good and we believe for a full recovery. His doctors are very optimistic based on results to date. God used my post to move thousands of people to pray. And if we count how many said things like “I am a pastor of a church” or “I run a prayer ministry” I believe there were tens of thousands in prayer. Thank you again for asking.

    1. Hope you enjoy it. Few free tools are this good but Evernote is one and it’s been around a long time.


    Hi Charlie,
    Hope you and yours are all well!
    Thanks for the Evernote Info.

    I have had Evernote on my Mac for ages, but somehow never get around to using it, or more precisely, learning ‘how’ to use it.
    A video from you would be most useful as I know you’ll tell it how it is. Thanks again for the info, take care and God Bless.

    1. I will get that done but it might be a while since I will be gone for Belin’s surgery. The Evernote site has some very good videos in the meantime. Thanks!

  60. Thanks Charlie<
    I have struggled with this for years.
    You kept referring to 'write it down'. Do you write the ideas on paper first and then transfer them to computers?
    PS I am going to share this right now and get my copy

    1. I very rarely write on paper anymore. My phone is always with me and I have Siri so I can just dictate a note. I was a Day Timer guy for about 15 years but have now crossed over to an almost paperless life. I scan in almost everything and store it in Evernote (a more advanced use) and I store all PDFs in Evernote or iBooks as well. I do use the Performance Planner from Zig Ziglar, which is printed on paper, but otherwise I’m all digital these days.

  61. Charlie,
    This is the tool I have been needing all along. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    Today I write lots and lots of little notepad notes that I keep on my hard drive. I try to keep them organised according to project and date but always end up losing track. This is the solution I need.

    1. I used to do that too. I used stickies on my Mac and kept text documents too. What I like about Evernote is the centrality of it. David Allen says in Getting Things Done to have a trusted way of storing all data and, for me, Evernote fits the bill.

  62. Alan Stransman

    I am what would be described as an “inveterate diarist”.

    I am also an endless list-maker.

    I know about Evernote but have not been making sufficient use of it.

    I will now, thanks to Charlie’s post.

    1. I used to be a big-time list maker too. I use mind maps more than lists now which I love because I’m so visual. I’ve taken to doing all my writing in Evernote however and love it for that. If you like lists you will love Evernote as you can bullet or number the list so easily. Searchable too. Thanks for commenting.

      1. Hi Charlie,
        You mentioned being a mind mapper.
        Do mind maps play well with Evernote? I just signed up with them, but have found no mention of mind maps there.
        As a dedicated mind mapper, I would appreciate any details you could give on how you pair the 2 methods.


      2. There is! If you use MindJet MindManager (I have it but don’t use it much anymore) there is a trunk item on this page. The trunk is an area for apps that work and play with Evernote. Hope this helps.

  63. Actually we are calling Google+ Hangouts the best free tool ever. Totally replaced GoTo Webinar with the streaming On Air feature.

    But I will give Evernote a #2, my friend Travis Campbell uses it to track all his expenses. Best thing about Evernote is it does have a Android and iPhone app that allows you to use it on the go.

    1. I would be reluctant to call anything by Google the best as I have found that Google can be arbitrary in their practices. And I don’t trust them to be honest.

      But I do see the value in Hangouts and would love to learn more about it. I hear it’s a great tool.

      Replacing Go To Webinar has to be easy on the budget as they cost an arm and leg in my view. Worth the price if you use it enough but wow they are high. I remember having a plan for $97 per month where I could have 1000 on a call. Now it’s something like 100 for the same price. Not great for customers but I suppose Citrix knows what they are doing. They certainly lost me with that move.

      By the way readers – Chris knows his stuff when it comes to leveraging tools like Google. I really enjoy your work Chris and would recommend you without hesitation.

      1. I run my whole online biz thru Google Charlie, have for over 4 years. Don’t judge Google by the Penguin bashing. As far as numbers goes I can stream a Hangout to 10 million as it is built on YouTube’s extremely robust servers and platform.

        If fact we are launching my affiliate program thru Google Hangout On Air streaming and Ed Dale just launched his $2K product using Google+ Hangouts On Air.

        Yes there was an issue with foreign spammers flagging YouTube accounts to gain AdSense footholds, but we got Jeff Johnson and ProBlogger reinstated. So don’t believe the bashers, they are simply just that.

        Since I am rarely mobile I don’t use Evernote, but just the thought of being able to enter write offs instead of saving the receipt and then going to me spreadsheet later make Evernote very attractive to us IM peeps.

      2. One cool feature of Evernote is that you can take a picture to create a note. I do that with business cards, receipts and more.

        I was careful in my last comment to say that you do know your stuff Google-wise and recommended people listen to you when it comes to their tools. But my comments are based on far more than Panda or Penguin, both of which helped me because my content is high-quality and original.

        My comments were based on my own experiences with Google and those of many of my friends and members who have had AdWords accounts (and other accounts) shut down and more by the mighty G with no chance to make the case of why they should be reinstated. This is my opinion only – I am not bashing Google or saying that anyone should use them or not use them.

        I use Google apps for my domain based email and my last name is Page so I’m not anti-Google at all. But facts are facts and many have been hurt by Google’s practices of making decisions and not giving one a chance to respond.

        Just to be clear, I’m not saying I’m related to Larry Page – just having some fun there. 🙂

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