If you’re tired of wasting time looking for notes for new sermon ideas you filed away somewhere, names and numbers of important congregants to follow up with, and perhaps even your grocery list, chances are you could really benefit by using Evernote.
What’s Evernote? Well, just in case you’ve had your head in the sand for the last year, Evernote is a wonderful online and desktop virtual notebook that syncs between your desktop, your phone, your iPad–you name it.
Instead of searching for notes and realizing you left them on your desk at home, by typing in your notes to Evernote, you get access to these notes wherever you go, on any digital device.
Evernote Essentials is a really great ebook by Brett Kelly to help you get to using Evernote in the most streamlined way. Once you purchase the ebook, it delivers to your email inbox and you can email or drag and drop it to your Kindle or Nook for easy reading. Or you can print it out and pour over it while reruns of Scrubs play in the background.
Now for 3 Reasons why you need to purchase Evernote Essentials:
1. You want to have access to all your sermon and teaching notes wherever you go, whether at your home or office computer, or one the go via your mobile phone.
2. You like to websurf, but you realize that when you find an article you want to save, you’re not sure how and where to save it. (Evernote makes it easy to clip web articles and save them in your digital notebooks.)
3. You really want to become more efficient, take better notes, record your thoughts in journal-like form, write things down so you don’t have to remember them, strive for world peace . . . you get the idea.
On a side note, my husband first purchased Evernote Essentials and really began using Evernote so effectively that he’s become a better teacher because of it. I’ve also started using it to record my thoughts and notes during sermons. I can use YouVersion and Evernote to jot down my thoughts, then my husband and I meet up in the evening to discuss the sermon and what we learned. You can take photos from within Evernote, so I simply snap an image of the sermon outline and, voila!, it’s right there in my note with my personal thoughts.
Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology consultant (http://lhpr.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.