The Preacher and Evernote
As most of you know, I am very slow to adapt to technology. Most gadgets and software end up frustrating me, because they do not work the way I do. In preparing a sermon I’m very “old school.” I still like reading the commentaries, copying and selecting pages, making my own notes long hand on a legal pad and putting all that in a manila file folder. That way, whenever I want to pick up what I’ve prepared, I simply grab a file folder, open it up and I know exactly where I am.
Before now there was no software that worked the way my mind does. Well, let me introduce you to Evernote. Evernote is a filing system for your computer.
Here is what I like about Evernote:
- I can set up a notebook, open a file and in that file put everything… just like I would a manila folder. I can add word studies, illustrations, the outline. It is all in the folder and kept for me wherever I am. No matter how many times I open it and close it, start and stop, it stays updated because it is on the cloud.
- I can get Evernote across any of my platforms, which means I can get into it from my phone, from my iPad, from my computer and even from a friend’s or family computer when out of town visiting. I recently did that when visiting my mom and wanted to catch a quick thought that came to me while there.
- I’ve learned to use Evernote not only for my sermon preparation but for all the projects I work on, because it works just like the manila folder system I am very comfortable with.
So, if you haven’t found Evernote yet, spend some time on it. Let me know what you think, and if it helps speed up your sermon preparation.
I’ll also be interested to hear what other software or gadgets you have found helpful… or not helpful… in preparing and delivering a sermon every week.