Since my last review of how I use Evernote (and Apple Notes, and Bear), I’ve had a bit of a revelation: I don’t use 80% of Evernote’s functionality.
There’s so much it can do and yet…the vast majority of my notes are plain text and checklists. No audio notes, very few photos, virtually no PDFs anymore. I don’t link notes to each other. I rarely set alarms for notes reminders.
A quick review of what I want or need a notes app for revealed that I was driving a high end sports car when all I need is…a bike.
So, I exported my Evernote notes (over 5,000 of them) and then imported to Notes. It took a little while for the whole lot to sync, but they’re all sitting in a folder called ‘Imported Notes’ and my main activity in tidying them up has been deleting literally dozens and dozens of them.
Nonsense. Out-dated rubbish. Stuff I barely remember creating.
All the same, I’m slowly working through the import, separating the wheat from the chaff. Anything I find that’s useful goes into one the folders I’ve set up in Apple’s Notes app and honestly, it’s incalculably simpler and easier to deal with.
The remainder is deleted and I’m quite enjoying seeing the notes count decrease.
Compared to Evernote, Apple’s app is zippy fast and much more responsive. I’m loving how quickly changes synch across my devices. And, to be honest, I’m loving having one fewer app on my devices. Or one fewer place to go looking for things.
And, one week in, I’ve yet to find I can’t doing something that I would have used Evernote for. Time to delete it? Well, for now, it’s relegated from the front screen of my iOs devices and from the dock on my macOS computers.
Deletion will follow in due course.