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Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly

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Evernote has been a longtime favorite program of ours. We’ve been using Evernote for years to store notes, documents and anything we want to remember. One of Evernote’s strengths is that it is really flexible – there are millions of ways you can use Evernote. At the same time, that’s also its weakness. It can do too many things to the point where you might feel confused and overwhelmed.

That’s where Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly comes in.

It’s the ultimate guide to use Evernote the right and effective way. The guide contains a ton of examples on how you can use Evernote. For example, you will learn:

  • how to go paperless with Evernote
  • the best way to set up Evernote with stacks, tags and notebooks
  • simple ways to name your documents and notes so it’s easy to find stuff for later
  • how to avoid getting overwhelmed by Evernote’s features by sticking to the basics
  • and a lot more….

On top of that there are use cases too that will show you how you can take advantage of Evernote as a parent, frequent traveler and more.

No matter if you’re on Windows or Mac, Brett designed the book in such a way that you’ll get the most out of it regardless of your platform. He truly knows how Evernote works, what people struggle with and he offers solutions to those common problems.

Brett is a great buddy of ours who knows Evernote inside-out and with Evernote Essentials you get to learn from one of the top experts on Evernote. That isn’t strange considering that he works at Evernote. Brett’s main role at Evernote is working with programmers and translating geek talk into something normal people like you and me can read and understand. That is what makes Evernote Essentials so great – you get to learn from a real expert who truly understands how the program works and show it you step by step in simple terms.

Things I Learned

Even though I’ve been using Evernote for years, I still learned a lot from this book. The biggest takeaways from me were:

  • how to use the Evernote search function more effectively to find my notes and documents
  • best practices when it comes to managing loads of information and naming my notes
  • how to share notes and documents with others so we can collaborate on stuff (this is really awesome)

Your mileage may vary of course.

The Evernote team is constantly updating the software with new features and I don’t have time to keep up with all the new things it can do. So with Evernote Essentials I found a great way to get the basics down of the program and go from there.

If you’ve been dabbling with Evernote but always felt like you’re not using it the right way, Evernote Essentials can really help you out.

– Thanh

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Posted by Lars  | July 22, 2015 at 7:43PM | Reply

Thanks for the great recommendation. Just got it. Not being able to use Omnifocus (not on Mac), I hope it will help me to he better at using The Secret Weapon as my main tool for organising.

Posted by Ben  | September 30, 2013 at 5:23PM | Reply

Hi Thanh,

Did you guys announce/decide on a winner for the Evernote Essentials copies?

– Ben.

Posted by Charles Ngo (  | March 24, 2013 at 1:47PM | Reply

My only regret is I didn’t buy this years ago

Posted by Sam Matla  | March 8, 2013 at 7:58PM | Reply

I use Microsoft OneNote, only because I run Windows 8 and it’s just so efficient. Also I don’t have a smartphone (at the moment). Evernote looks great though, I’m tempted to try it out.

Thanks for the post!

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