Evernote: can't live with it, can't live without it.
Three accounts is a lot. Not everything I do is specifically work related or personal account 1 related or personal account 2 related. Switching between the apps, not just the accounts, is a pain.
Hello. This is me (mayge) coming back to EN again. Love-hate relationship. Ughhhh.
EN is far from great. Actually, it almost sucks. It is not the best note taking app, far from being the best writing experience, the tables in it are still terrible, and the reminders make a laughable to-do app. It can easily be replaced in each of these categories by another, better app.
But no app is a king in all of these categories.
I have a choice: I can use dedicated apps, and switch between them, depending on the task; or I can have one app which does everything, but in a minimal, often inefficient way.
I'd argue the later.
I have 3 Google accounts. Tens of emails to swim through while I work, and my work doesn't let me check emails often. I have Google Docs, Word Docs, power point presentations. I have pictures I take, and quick note I write down as reminders. I don't have the time (and often the will) to dedicate the energy for each bit of information. I want to click and save. I don't want to decide which account, what app, and where to save it.
I should know Evernote is minimal. Because they know it too, EN often offers at least a competent third party partnership. For example, if I want to journal, I can use Evernote - knowing it's not the best experience. It's "enough." Want better experience? Well Evernote has a collaboration going on with moleskine. If I want to edit an office doc, Evernote bas office pro (which still sucks, but at least it opens most of the files.) need to really write something? Do the good old copy paste into a Google Doc, and continue there.
This "app upgrade" is up to me. I decide when to implement an upgrade. How? Based on importance.
It is highly unlikely that quick meeting notes will be upgraded, but a quick idea on its way to become a short story will. Since my writing is important to me, a lot of it will probably leave Evernote. But skipping the Evernote process is not a good idea.
That's because if Evernote is at the base of everything, the first spark of creation, it just makes sense that it becomes the idea machine. It is a productive environment, and graduating from it is like a kid finishing elementary school. You can maybe skip the process, but you will regret it later. And just like in a school, every idea has a record which contains its entrance time and raw, general form before it was pushed out.
Even finished "graduated" products should be indexed in Evernote, to find quickly and to reference to other growing ideas.
In that way, Evernote is like the family your ideas always wanted. That's why its tags and the organizational system is at the core of every Evernote fanatic's head. Our tags are much more than just an organizational system: it's like calling our brain "just" a thinking tool. We put much more into our Evernote. It's our ghost in the machine.