Evernote is a great app, I've shared how much I enjoy using many times and in this post will share 8 tips for using it on my iPhone.
- When formatting a post use ALL CAPS. One criticism of Evernote is that it doesn't allow rich formatting of your notes very well on the iPhone. You have to select the text tab, select your format, select the keyboard and then again to deselect your choice. If you're doing this a bunch of times then it begins to take longer to format your note than type it. However, double tapping the shift button and making items stand out that way is a lot easier and keeps you more focused on the content of your note.
- Add your Evernote email to your contacts. In my address book my Evernote email is 'Mike Evernote'. When I begin typing Evernote it pops up right away.
- Use the Keyboard shortcuts to add tags and notebooks. Similar to the first, switching your keyboard to numbers and symbols is a lot of keystrokes to just get to the @ or # symbols. Instead I've made shortcuts where I change the first letter and it will correct to @ or #. So when emailing a note for my Bills notebook from Verizon I'll type bbills which converts to @bills and xautopay which converts to #autopayment. Then when in Evernote I know it will be in the Bills notebook with an 'autopayment' tag.
- Take pictures instead of scanning. If you're worried about moving things online because of all the time you'll spend scanning documents just snap pictures. In good lighting, my iPhone 4 takes pictures that retain the quality of the document just fine.
- Create a Daily Journal notebook. Once you get into the habit of summarizing each day in a note and adding that note to the Daily Journal notebook you'll wonder how you did without it. There are a lot of things you can add to this. For example, I track people I meet, our propane level, meal plans, morning to-do lists, phone calls and notes, among other things.
- Let your default notebook collect everything and sort it later. My goal when making notes is to get the information in the notes as quickly as possible and not worry about where the notes are going or formatting - hence tips 1 & 3.
- Scroll through IFTTT.com. This service automatically can shuffle things to your Evernote account. You can sync your calendar, reader, articles, and tweets to all go to your Evernote account.
- Use colors when you edit notes on a computer. In my notes the purple font is for people and red is for places. This helps a lot when scanning a note's contents looking for a specific thing.
If you have some tips share them in the comments. For more great Evernote material check out Jamie Todd Rubin's blog.