Did you ever try to learn something that your brain would just not compute? That’s what programming was like in the beginning. It was so head-bangingly frustrating when it just didn’t do what it was supposed to do. I remember moments when I questioned if my Macbook could survive against my wall.
Learning to program is more than just picking a language. There is a ton of concepts to learn. The best way to learn these concepts quickly is to take notes, and Evernote is one of the best tools for the job.
Evernote always gets mentioned in any article about productivity apps. It’s one of the first “unicorns” of Silicon Valley VC culture, and between Android and iOS app stores, downloads exceed 500 million*. At first, Evernote’s success confused me because the user experience seemed frazzled. Everything was all over the place. If I was physically able to throw Evernote against my wall, it might have ended up beside my Macbook.
That was two years ago, and my opinion of Evernote has done a complete 180. Now, it’s the quarterback of my learning.
In this article, I want to show you how to get the most out of Evernote for learning new skills.
Available across all devices
Can sync handwritten notes
Web clipper – clip articles from the web
Skitch – capture and edit screenshots
Use of hierarchy of notebooks, tags, and notes.
- Automating your finances so you can set it and forget it
- Online banking
- Taking an online course – instead of being limited by location
- Creating scripts that run in the background for your business
- Using a Pomodoro timer for work related tasks
- Online Calendar
Evernote plays a vital role in my life:
- It keeps a record of all my workouts
- It keeps a list of all my goals
- It keeps a list of things that I might learn
- I save stack overflow questions that I found useful, so I can easily find them later
- saving tutorials
- notes from online courses, books, kindle notes, etc. . .
- I keep all my ideas for businesses, blogs posts, apps, etc. . .
Step 1: Establish Your Goals
Tools are useless without a purpose. Before using Evernote, you should make sure that it coincides with your goals.
- Become a better powerlifter (measured in lifting total)
- Become a better programmer (measured in career level and salary)
- Become a better writer (measured by the number of people who subscribe)
Step 2: Organise Your Topics with Evernote
Step 3: Finding Learning Resources such as Courses, Books…
Step 4: Taking Notes with Evernote
Generative effects of note-taking during science lectures.