Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
Evernote is a very popular app within the business community, however truckers can find it useful as well. Think of it as a notebook that you always carry and it has every important piece of information that you may need at all times. There are pay versions of this productivity app, but I’ve found the free version sufficient so far.
Within the app, I create “notebooks” and within the notebooks, I add my notes. The notes that I add can be written texts, photos, audio recordings or even lists with built in check boxes.
These are some of my notebooks and the contents:
- Packing list for when I leave home
- Empty Weight of truck and trailer
- VIN’s and license plates for truck and trailer
- Maintenance Schedule
- Business Cards
- I don’t keep business cards anymore, I scan them in with my camera and save them to Evernote
- Website Passwords
- Personal vehicles maintenance schedule
- Medical information of myself and family members
- Wallet – Anything I used to carry in my wallet
- Insurance cards
- Rewards Cards
This app has really helped my productivity by allowing me to have every bit of information that I need at my fingertips- and I can access with or without internet. Any information that has to be accessed periodically is a great fit for Evernote. The information that we access daily is almost seared into our memories, but the information that we only access once a month or so, is nearly impossible to remember and sometimes even hard to find. Adding it to Evernote is a great way to solve the problem.
My friend that told me about the app uses it in creative ways too. He took a picture of his best haircut (he travels a lot) so when he goes to a new barber, he can show them exactly how he wants his hair to look. He also uses it to save pictures of his grandchildren’s drawings – right before he throws them away!