If you weren't already aware of Evernote's killer email notes feature, let me bring you up to speed; when you sign up for an account with Evernote, you're assigned an email account which receives messages and saves them as notes. I use this account all the time, especially when I'm browsing with Safari on the iPad, to quickly take notes of sites I've visited without having to copy and paste a link. If you're using the Mac desktop client, to find your Evernote email you can simply click Account, which will supply you with the address and even give you an option to add it to your address book.
Once you have that address it's as simple as sending emails to it, and those messages will show up synced alongside your other clipped or entered notes. For some more advanced applications, we can turn to Gmail and its powerful filtering system. If you've never used Gmail filters let me run you through the process of setting up a filter, which will forward one of my favorite email digests and newsletters right to Evernote.
Setting Up Forwarding
Check your Evernote account and you should have received a confirmation email. Copy the confirmation number back to Gmail to verify the forwarding, and just set the forwarding as disabled (since we only want to forward certain emails to Evernote, not all of them).
Creating Filters To Send To Evernote
Once your filter is created, from that point onward the email digest or newsletter in question will show up when you sync Evernote. Of course you can use the same setup for lots of other use cases. In many ways, Evernote is a more enjoyable experience than email for reading and organizing, and so potentially any email that doesn't require you to reply can be filtered to Evernote.
In my case, I've set up a filter for any email I've sent myself to be automatically filtered to Evernote. It's possible you find yourself emailing your personal account with reminders of things you want to check out, but then you end up prioritizing emails you need to answer. Since I spend a lot of time in Evernote, I'll often review old notes and organize my notebooks and tags, so it's a lot easier to keep track of inspiration and ideas I've eagerly sent myself for reading or review later on.
For more information on using Evernote's email notes feature, check out the Evernote Techblog.
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