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Still digging Evernote?

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Slacker Manager writes about Evernote and how he still digs it. I still have a beta version on my laptop but I rarely use it anymore. I just opened it to see what was still in there.
Most of the time I needed Evernote to drag and drop some article thoughts for this weblog (Well, that helped, considering the amount of updates over here…), our company weblog and some other sites I maintain. But, for some reason, I didn’t get the “click” to use Evernote again once I collected the snippets. Somehow, Evernote was just one more big Inbox for me I needed to process as well. Come to think of it, I do believe it is because I have so many inboxes. I made a little article about this. Please read on if you want to know more

Check this out: I use(d) Evernote as an Inbox, I use FeedDemon’s Newsbins as an Inbox for interesting articles that arrive through RSS, I have my Outlook Inbox where I can mail notes to myself so I can review them (put them in the appropriate context-list) and every now and then I have a Big Thought while on the train and I write a nice little article in TextPad and put it on my desktop.
When in Firefox, I use Furl.net’s excellent extension to put interesting websites in my big Furl-list. Most of the times for archiving purposes (for instance, material for a presentation or sites about a business plan I’m working on).
When I visit a site I want to read more indepth, I use Slogger to save the page on my harddrive. A reference to that file is made via Slogger in a RSS feed which I view in FeedDemon.

Hmmm…not counting the physical Inboxes I am already at 6 Inboxes. That’s a bit too much is it not? Physical Inboxes are my desk where mail arrives every day (Magazines, contracts, junkmail). I have a small notebook in my coatpocket I use for thoughts when the use of a laptop is not really wanted (walking down the street, in a store). Also, podcasts sometimes trigger new input for me (check this podcast from G’day world for a whirlwind of new software and URL’s!)
So that’s leaves the count at 9. Nine Inboxes? Where did that come from? This is ridiculous! How can I reduce the number of Inboxes to let’s say 3 physical and maximum 2 digital? Hey, the physical is done already. That was a no brainer because I don;t have problems with those. The digital one is trickier.
I use my laptop a lot. No really, about 12-14 hours a day. So digital collecting is a big thing for me. But digital processing is even bigger.

So what if I used Evernote as a collection bin again? Let’s see:

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