Way back in 2018, while you stood in the shower an inspired thought came to you like a thunderbolt. You remember leaping from the tub and, while dripping wet, jotting a singularly inspired thought onto a random scrap of paper. Where is that sodden scrap now?

Who imagined then that a single inspired thought would lead to a Nobel Prize?

You did. You were on a roll that morning. And in a followup flash of brilliance you paused for just another second to snap a photo scan of the sodden scrap into Evernote.

In the months and years ahead you captured to various digital devices countless insights using the camera, microphone, scanners, styli, Apple Pencils, fingers — even keyboards.

Decades on, a few words from the original sodden note became the title of a best-selling book about your acclaimed discovery. A book that was compiled from saved web pages, your randomly handwritten notes, thousands of typed pages — many of them dictated, hundreds of hours of audio and video observations in the field, all compatibly captured with your myriad (and now long-lost, obsolete or destroyed) digital devices into Evernote and safely, seamlessly synced to the cloud.

You and your colleagues, staff, graduate students and research assistants had collaborated on the heavy-lifting of combining centuries of other data, notes from reference and bibliography databases, hundreds of Word, Excel, PDF, and JPG files, triple-checking, editing, and cataloging peer review. Editing continued via secure online access to portions of your work by collaborators’ from their respective locations around the globe.

Now, jetting through the deep Arctic night on the long flight to Oslo, you sweat the final details of an undertaking far more difficult than merely winning a Nobel Prize — writing your acceptance speech. But there, alone and in the maw of this harrowing task you still have at your fingertips a time capsule far more reliable than your own memories of your life and work.

On your airborne laptop you search Evernote and pluck — from your decades of personal anecdotes, observations, scanned letters and citations, email and text messages, drawings, photos, recordings, and untold minutiae — the gems that when set into your speech will reveal the human face of your monumental achievement.

With a nod and a smile you finish by transcribing the best lines from your standup side-gig (who knew?) at a downtown comedy club. Which yes, you had recorded the night before into Evernote.

"Winning a Nobel Prize was easy," you sigh. "This speech? I’d bomb without Evernote."



Evernote tops my list of Favorite Mobile Apps (FMA). It works great on iOS and Android mobile devices. As important, Evernote native apps for Mac and Windows computers are excellent.

Everything you capture on any device syncs securely to your Evernote account. Find out more about Evernote at https://www.evernote.com

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© 2018 Quentin Leo