Take Notes While Driving With Evernote and Siri

One of the best lessons I’ve learned in my time in youth ministry has been WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING. Anytime I have an idea (good or bad), I write it down. When I hear someone else say something worth remembering, I write it down. More specifically, I put it into Evernote.

For those of you who don’t know what Evernote is, it’s a note-taking app for your computer, smartphone, tablet that is indexed and searchable. It’s everything you ever wanted from a notebook and more. To get the most out Evernote, check out this awesome ebook: Evernote Essentials.

 

I listen to a lot of podcasts on my commute, so I often hear pearls of wisdom worth remembering without a way to write them down (being busy driving and all). And for me, if I don’t write them down, minutes later they’re forgotten.

The other day, after listening to Michael Hyatt‘s podcast about the importance of note-taking, I decided to figure out a solution. And with the powers of Siri and Evernote combined, I found one.

Add a new contact in your iPhone.

Head to your contacts and create a new contact – First name: Ever. Last name: Note. Set the email address to your Evernote email address.

How Do I Find my Evernote Email Address?
Open the Evernote app on your iPhone. Tap and drag the elephant logo. Tap your name at the top, then click “Evernote email address”. (You can actually create a new contact with this email address right here in Evernote.)

 

Dictate your note to Siri.

When you need to make a note, simply activate Siri (by pressing and holding the home button or the button on your headphones) and say:

Mail note about [Subject of your Note] and say [Content of your Note].

Take Notes While Driving With Evernote and Siri

Siri will transcribe the note and then ask if you’re ready to send it. Simply say “Send” and the note is emailed right into your Evernote account.

For example: “Mail note about taking notes while driving and say look how easy this is” will result in the image on the right:

Super simple! And if you’re in the middle of a podcast, Siri automatically pauses it and resumes the podcast after sending the note!

Now you can safely take notes while driving! Or running. Or sky diving.

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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