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Evernote, Simplenote, or Google Keep?

Lately, I’ve been working with a few people who have wanted to focus on getting organized. One question, or a variation thereof, they’re been asking me is Which is better: Evernote, Simplenote, or Google Keep?

It’s a bit of a loaded question, and my answer has consistently surprised those clients. That answer? Whichever one works best for you.

If you’ve been reading the posts in space for any length of time, you’ll know that I don’t believe that any one tool, any one approach is best for everyone. We’re all different. We have different needs, different levels of skill and knowledge, different tolerances for complexity or simplicity.

Evernote, Simplenote, and Keep all have their strengths. They all have their drawbacks. And the user base of each probably doesn’t overlap much (if at all).

For me, the best tool or approach is one that gets in your way the least. Going back to the three tools that sparked this blog post,. For example, if you find that you’re struggling with a number of options you don’t use then Evernote is probably not the tool for you. But if Simplenote is too simple, then maybe Keep is the tool to choose.

All I can say is try to spend some time with the tools and techniques you’re curious about. Get a feel for them. Get a sense of how they fit (or don’t fit) into your digital life or your workflow. Understand their strengths and weaknesses in relation to your needs. Not the needs of the life hackers, the uber-productive, or the professionals.

Your choices should, and should always, be based on your needs. Not those of anyone else.

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