I would be drowning in e-mail if it weren’t for Evernote. As soon as I found out that I could forward items to my Evernote e-mail address, I immediately began sending anything that I might want to keep long term to Evernote so I didn’t have to dig through my e-mail.
My challenge was it was difficult for me to remember the detailed syntax to have the messages automatically file in the correct notebook so they would end up in my .Inbox (default) notebook. I would then have to file them into the proper notebook which meant I was still touching the e-mails twice. It was better than the alternative of leaving the messages in my e-mail, but it was still not as efficient as I would have liked.
Stacey to the rescue! Stacey found ENAddress, a new service that lets you create custom e-mail addresses and point them to specific Evernote notebooks. You don’t have to remember a lengthy subject syntax and everything ends up in the correct notebook. Score!
To setup EnAddress, you register your Evernote e-mail address and connect your Evernote account.
Then, you create custom addresses for each type of item that you want to auto-file.
I created e-mail addresses for receipts, press releases, stock photos and upcoming reservations. I then added each of those addresses to my e-mail contacts. Now, when I want to send something to my press release or stock photos notebook, I can forward it to that address.
For receipts, I took one extra step. I know that I want every receipt to be saved to my .Receipts to reconcile notebook. Rather than having to forward them, I setup an IFTTT recipe to send all e-mails containing the word receipt to my new ENAddress receipts e-mail address.
Yes, the recipe will capture a few messages that aren’t receipts, but I’d rather err on the side of caution and delete a few items from the notebook than miss a receipt.
The creators of ENAddress are my new heroes! Thanks for saving me so much time and enhancing my productivity even more.
P.S. If you aren’t on an Evernote Plus or Premium account, this feature alone is worth the price of the upgrade!