As Business Analysts (and people in general), we encounter a lot of information on a daily basis. To be successful, we have to keep a lot of it in the front of our minds and be able to quickly access and analyze that information. If you’re like me, you’ve used a variety of methods to keep track of all of that information – sticky notes, task lists, notebooks. But recently, I’ve learned that many of my previous “systems” for keeping information did not make it easy for me to retrieve it. Then, I discovered that elephants really do have a great memory, and I was able to harness that power.
I love finding effective tools for helping me to do my job – and I love sharing those tools with others if I think they can help someone out. And I have fallen in love with Evernote! Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- It’s a single account available anywhere! From your Mac or PC, the web, your iPhone, iPad, Android device or Blackberry. Capture information in one place, access it from any of these places!
- Anything you capture in Evernote is fully searchable – even images and documents! Like to conduct your requirements session on white boards? Snap a picture with your phone, send it to Evernote and have fully-searchable notes when you’re back at your desk. Add a PDF to an Evernote, and your search will include the document content.
- Need to keep track of information from the web and the source? With the Evernote browser add-in a single click saves the entire article (or highlighted portion) along with the source URL (and all active links).
There are other great features that I haven’t even started to use yet, including the ability to store documents and collaborate with others in a shared portal.
I personally use the free version and so far have not had a need to upgrade to the Premium/paid version – although there are some nice additional features if you wanted to expand its use. It’s one of the best note-taking/retrieving systems I’ve come across to date (and I’ve tried a LOT).
So, if you’re looking for a way to minimize the random bits of paper, and need an easy way to save and retrieve information for your projects or personal life, check it out! Just my way of sharing a cool tool that I find helpful.
Do you have any tools/applications that you wonder how you lived without? Share them in the comments below so we can check those out too!
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