In the last few months I have become more and more reliant on Evernote. And the more I have been using it, the more powerful it becomes.
Here’s why: Typically I now save everything in the it. Ideas, fragments of ideas, scripts, meeting notes, bookmarks, Web clippings, dreams, important documents and attachments and reminders. In the background, Evernote makes connections between your notes based on the content and the tags you assign to each note.
And this is where its power as a tool for the creative professional becomes apparent. Whenever you start a new note, Evernote keeps refreshing a pane of what it calls “related notes”. It starts making the connections obvious. Suddenly, notes appear that contain anything from a dream you had years ago, the beginning of an idea you struck on last week, something you saw online or an old script that you never sold. It helps you draw connections and connect those half-formed hunches that have been waiting to pair with other hunches and stimuli to form new ideas.
I have written before (lesson #5) about the importance for those who want to make the most of their creative ability to fill their minds with many diverse experiences. With Evernote, you can now make the most of all those fragments to give you access to the better ideas that are lurking in the reaches of your mind.