Win One Year of Evernote Premium


I have been using Evernote since the early days of my PhD (see how I get Kindle notes into Evernote for my teaching), so I was thrilled when they invited me to be their Higher Education Ambassador. Starting today I will get to do lots of cool stuff with them–a bit of traveling, a bit of writing, a bit of speaking.  Awesome!

So, to mark the occasion, I have some great Evernote stuff to give away.  Here’s how you can get it:

To enter, respond to the following question in the comments at the bottom of this post: ‘How do you organize your teaching, research, and writing?  Paper, digital, post-its? File folders, shoe boxes, digital tablets?’  Everyone has their own system–what is yours?

This isn’t just for academics, but for anyone who writes, thinks, doodles, ponders, pilfers, or philosophizes.  And there are some great prizes to be won…

Entries close at 11:59pm GMT on 12 December 2012 and winners will be chosen randomly from all entries on 13 December 2012.  Make sure that you include your e-mail address when you comment so I can contact you.

14 thoughts on “Win One Year of Evernote Premium

  1. I use the notes on my iphone, and transferring the text at the end of the day. I have my notebooks but they’re not organised, I leave them lying about in artistic disarray. I think Evernote sounds like a brilliant idea to bring everything together!

  2. Moleskines. I am Bruce Chatwin. (No, seriously — good old pen and paper. In a regimented place: no disarray, artistic or otherwise.)

  3. Binders, colored pens, Post-It flags, and lots of labelling! I’m stuck in the old-fashioned composing methods of pen and notebook paper in order to process and organize my thoughts (and my to-do lists, and even my presentation papers!), so I write it all out first. When it comes to teaching, I have one binder labelled with Post-It flags by day so that I can find the day’s notes and handouts easily. Research and writing begin in a notebook with the notes I extract from books and articles, and then it becomes an outline with color-coding to identify sections. Eventually, that becomes a paper….

  4. I used to be an all pen-and-paper girl, but I’ve been seeking a digital solution since many of my sources of inspiration are digital, and Evernote came to my rescue a couple months ago. Now my drill when starting a new project is – 1/ start brainstorming on Evernote (bullet points, clipped web contents, attachments, inspiration wall) 2/ pen-and-paper notes in discussions and meetings with Evernote Moleskine (so I am free to sketch and it’s better to not be distracted by typing in meetings) 3/ digitalize my pen-and-paper notes and organize everything in one Evernote notebook. Easy, intuitive, powerful.

  5. How is Moleskine not going to come out top here? It’s already beating Evernote in an Evernote promotion. Nevertheless, Moleskine for me is a place to keep everything as it happens – it’s not organised, and it’s not how I keep everything organised. So for organisational purposes I use different things for different tasks. Iphone notes do for day-to-day things, google calendar tasks keep me on top of stuff, folders and files have paper in for teaching, Prezi keeps my conference presentations in one place, and so on. I wish I could be as organised as some of the other commenters but I haven’t yet found the one thing that can keep me sorted. Maybe Evernote is that thing, but I found it almost too powerful, if that makes sense? I like simple little programmes for organisation.

  6. I had Evernote to begin with but couldn’t get used to it, don’t know why. Then I found Catch which I have taken to like the proverbial duck. However I think that has more to do with my upgraded techno skills than any deficiency with Evernote. For the most part I am still a huge fan of that eminently portable thing called pen and paper. I think it’s because I am quite fond of the physicality of writing. I also like being able to draw daft doodles in the margins when I want to shout at the authors but spare my family/fellow students/library staff from my outbursts. I want to check out Scrivener too as I’ve heard good things about it as a way of organising thought bubbles and developing them into structured plans for essays, articles or other writing. You’ve done a great ambassadorial job here Allan – time to revisit my Evernote account and update my apps . . .

  7. Congrats on the ambassadorship!

    “Organized.” I lost planners so often as an undergrad that it was a running joke among my friends. The digital tools available today make it almost possible to act like less of a trainwreck, though.

    Mendeley and Dropbox for all the research reading and citing.

    Notebooks (one per major subject and one for everything else, well-bound ones without rip-out pages) for note-taking while reading or listening to lectures — I can’t kick the handwriting habit. I’ve been considering playing with either a wiki or Evernote to stitch the highlights into a searchable format over break to make them more useful for studying for comps.

    Google Calendar to remember which professor to meet with when.

    Evernote for all the notes to myself I think I might need to find again quickly and frequently — the ongoing shopping list of call numbers for books to grab next time I pass the library springs to mind.

  8. Evernote all the way… With Egretlist to help manage To Dos. I find it’s especially useful for organizing collaborative projects (conferences/proposals, funding apps etc.). Hmm, with a Higher Ed Ambassador, they probably don’t need a grad student one too, but I’m here (and a little jealous)!

  9. Sharing an Evernote Notebook with my two research assistants with read/write so we can archive our efforts. I am definitely using Dropbox more and more to archive all class development projects. It has completely replaced the USB thumbdrive I used to wear around my neck. EndnoteX for citations for the dissertation and the (now) completed literature review. Right now, I’m trying to move to all digital by archiving paperwork in filing cabinets using my Samsung Scansnap S1500 and Rack2Filer. Long term backups are being done on Mdisc LG burner and media stored in fire-proof safe.

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