EverNote is a great tool for gathering, organizing and handling things. In earlier blogs I talk about why the simplicity is exactly the thing that makes EverNote superior to any other tool. Searching, attributes and folder is just enough features for a general GTD practitioner.
Sometimes you just like to have certain functionality or automation that you lack. If you are technical enough, you can always script it in your favorite language and operating system. However, if you are not technical, well you have to find other ways.
Attributes a quick tour
Attributes are meta-data that EverNote saves about all your notes. You can use these to sort, filter and search for notes.
Once you have had the epiphany of attributes, you will not be able to quit.
Couple of hints, when using Contains and Source attributes. First of all, don’t forget to click on All Notes. Second these two attributes work in pairs. If you want to have only one of them, collapse the branch you don’t need by clicking on the triangle to the left of the work.
Once you get used to the attributes you will find that most of the categories, tags and other tricks you might have created wasn’t really necessary.