Boy, I wish I had a photographic memory so I didn’t need a note taking app. Just like Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mike Ross from the series “Suits.” Also, maybe have a high IQ with that like Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon,” only to remember Grandmother’s brisket recipe that I heard at 22 months old.
That, too, to break off the fights between my family! In work of fiction, detectives and protagonists having photographic memory is a common trait! It makes them look attractive and exciting to see how they remember details to the core. That doesn’t happen quite so in real life, does it?
I searched quickly and found out that only around 20 adult people have claimed to have a photographic or eidetic memory. One of them was the great inventor Nikola Tesla! You know, the guy who invented electricity and many of the surprising inventions that labeled him as a mad man back then. We are, however, taking full use of those.
Wait a minute, did you see the word “claimed” in the sentence? Yes, you read that right. There is no scientific proof of someone having such an ability. So, rest assured, you and I are normal. What’s the most remarkable thing about being normal? Well, we are human, so we come up with solutions for regular people to overcome such hurdles in life! We evolved and learned how to read and write. Who needs to remember all the class lectures and work orders when we can just write them down and later look at them? Do I sound too nerdish? Well, how about some examples?
Who are the greats that believed in note taking?
Remember how we talked about evolving and learning? Well, I hope you surely do know who gave this life-changing (literally) theory! Charles Darwin, the man himself, was a pro note taker. Notes helped him shape his thoughts and organize them. This allowed him to later think and further explore the partial ideas.
Yeah, even the concept of “natural selection” came to him as a thought that he wrote in a notebook and kept thinking on that note for 20 years!! How many of you sometimes have the feeling that you found such a revolutionary idea or solution, forget to note it down, and later on can’t even remember what it was! What a shame!
Like Nikola Tesla, Edison didn’t have the much-acclaimed eidetic memory. Instead, Edison used an alternative way. A way that is accessible by any of us. Recording and capturing his ideas and thoughts in a notebook! In his lifetime, Edison took over a stunning 5 million pages of notes. He has often gone back to the previous notes as a reference while working on making something new.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
We learned about Tesla vs. Edison’s traits! How about the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself? Did he have a photographic memory like his creation? As a matter of fact, he didn’t! The acclaimed writer and creator of the ever-famous pioneer detective series used to keep notes on his thoughts and plots about the characters. His first ever handwritten note is on display at the Museum of London.
If you didn’t know Darwin or Edison, the chances are you will surely know Bill Gates. After all, he is a famous billionaire and has been the richest man alive for many years. Bill Gates, the founder of tech giant Microsoft which consequently went on to invent and design many of the tech standards we use today, is known for taking frequent notes. Do we all not want to be at his place?
Benefits of having a go-to Note taking app
Many of us simply like to think and think! We are always on the lookout for different ideas, different working methods, and maybe to find a new view or perception to look at things, i.e., philosophies. I have often argued with my faculties against taking notes by saying that having notes limits my thinking capabilities. Then, I have come to understand that it really shouldn’t. Instead, having notes of previous ideas, be it mine or teachers, actually allows me to build on them. Meaning, I get the opportunity to refine that given idea, fish out the downsides while strengthening it.
Most modern note taking apps have evolved to allow users to seamlessly organize the notes. You can drag, group them, make a folder, link them up, or use markdowns. This way, you won’t have to have increased pressure of thinking in an organized manner; instead, you can jump between things. Note them down as you think, and then later simply organize similar or continuing thoughts as you like them.
Things in our heads tend to get messed up a lot. We often have overlapping thoughts that coincide against each other, or we feel like we can’t come to an objective conclusion. Writing down your thoughts, the pros and cons of the particular decision, your thought process puts everything into a perception. Seeing the ideas laid down in words allows you to see what they really mean; they become facts. You can revamp your mindset and advance in life without unknown influences by just practicing keeping notes.
Which Note Taking App to Choose?
Evernote, Todoist, and Any.do are among the top productivity apps out there. Evernote is arguably the most popular with 100M+ downloads in the play store, while Todoist and Any.do have over 10M+ downloads. Does popularity automatically mean Evernote is the superior one? Let’s find out.
Each of the apps offers its own sets of specialties. They provide a unique feature that sets them apart and has been built targeting those uses. It is only typical that we won’t have the same priority even in note taking apps, so see which app meets your concern.
I see Evernote as those big notebooks with multiple tabs. Each tab has different layouts. If you are a touch writer who wants to write the notes by only moving your fingers around the screen, then Evernote is your best choice. They also offer layouts like a table, put in the divider, or import attachments, picks. If you are a programmer, you will be happy to know that Evernote can put in the black code block within the notes. Previously Evernote also let you present stacked notes and sharing them with a simple copy-to-share link.
Todoist has focused more on the reminder aspect of notes. You can call it a fusion of notes app and task management software. By entering the to-do task list within the app, set custom reminders, and even track which part is in progress and which has been completed. You can share the app within the organization and then create tasks for other people while monitoring their progress.
Any.do has an intuitive UI that moves along with your touches. So, if you love a heavy aesthetic to-do list cum note taking app, then Any.do should be your preferred choice. Alongside that, any.do offer a location-based reminder service. The app will ring up or send a notification if it tracks you within a geo-fence you set previously.
Features, Compatibility, and Integration
All of the 3 apps actually have some standard features. Like, all of them have free to use version, that doesn’t even show ads. They have web apps, android apps, and iOS apps. You can also use their widgets on the home screen and write directly without accessing the app. The software is modern enough to have the options to organize tasks and notes, like dragging or creating folders, parent tasks, and has both note taking and to-do lists. These are fundamental functionalities. Let’s have a look at their differences.
First, the notable difference is the appearance or User Interface. Yeah, since any.do has the most dynamic UI. It is also expected that they offer the most versatility in changing the app’s themes and backgrounds. Todoist also offers customization like hiding the bars and tabs and changing the thematic color. However, EverNote only lets you switch between light and dark mode.
Platforms and Languages
As stated before, you can use the apps on all of the 3 most popular platforms, pc, android smartphone, and iOS. However, any.do being a product of modern times, do not really support windows mobile phone and is not optimized for tablets. Well, because who uses them anymore.
If you use google pay or apple pay, only Evernote lets you take full advantage of that with their in-app purchases. For the other 2, to change your plan, they will direct you to the website.
Tasks and Reminders
Sadly, todoist doesn’t allow you to filter or sort tasks while the other two paid attention to it. Then again, any.do doesn’t offer you the opportunity to label tasks and make them stick together. Evernote lags in allowing the feature to set priorities in the notes or reminders. Todoist offers different levels of priorities in the free version while in any.do you will have to buy a premium for it. You can also share tasks on EverNote to some extent alongside todoist, while not at all in any.do.
Evernote lags the most in reminders, as it has focused more on note taking. You can’t only have push notifications to remind you of the tasks and also can’t set up geolocation-based reminders like the other 2. However, the alert reminder is an option in all 3.
Fancy Note Taking Features
Evernote again excels in this department. It allows attaching files to notes, an app-wide search option, voice to text feature, can add images within notes, and even allows to directly print task list. The other 2 have some of these while missing out on others.
You know what I will say! Make a note (no pun intended) about which features are most important to you. Then, go over the article and see which check all the points! If you need it only for note keeping, chances are Evernote is the preferred one!
Do you still need help choosing which note taking app is a perfect fit for your needs?! Then shoot me a message and let’s chat about it!