How To Use Evernote To Learn Code

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Evernote continues to dominate the note taking, idea generating, book writing, resource saving world.

There have been several resources written about the expansive use of evernote.
Randy Elrod did a whole weeks series on the uses of Evernote.
Michael Hyatt shared his note taking methods using Evernote.
Alicia Rockmore wrote about 6 baby steps for getting started with Evernote.

As you can see, resources are abounding all over the web for the many uses of Evernote. But there is one aspect of Evernote that I have not seen anyone talking about.

How To Use Evernote To Learn Code

I am a self-taught coder and designer. My teacher has been the world wide web and any free resource blog out there I could find. I learned by trial and error, paying attention, and a lot of surfing for the newest way to use CSS3. A lot of the times I would stumble upon a great resource or tutorial and have to bookmark the page for future reference. Most of the time that future referencing never happened. I was missing out on a lot of new techniques and ideas because they were being stored away in a folder rather then being put in a working document that I could check regularly.

Evernote has truly helped me archive and remember pieces of code that I use every single day and I think it can help you do the same.

Here is how to use Evernote to teach you all the code (or any other resource) in the world.

1. Begin By Searching

No matter what you are learning you have to have a place to start. For me I had to go on a search to find websites that were talking about CSS and HTML resources (I have written a post about a couple of sites I check daily for resources on this subject matter found here). The important thing here is to find sites that give away great tutorials, resources, and examples that you can learn from. Once you have found those sites it is important to set up an RSS feed of each of those sites. I use google reader and folders to help me check those sites daily. As you can see on the left I have a couple of sites that I have in my goo reader that I check daily and rely on for ideas, inspiration, and tutorials. A great place to start for web design stuff is

2. Start Clipping

We are not talking about coupons, but in some ways you have to start clipping the resources much like you would clip that coupon that will save you a dollar off slim fast shakes. The brilliance of this technique (clipping) is that is is literally one click away. The two browsers that offer up this brilliance (FireFox and Chrome) have made clipping easier then ever before. Upon discovering interesting content or code you clip the elephant, pick your notebook, tag, and text and hit save. This takes the task of having to open up Evernote or any other program away and provides that one click clip that saves you time so that you can go on to find more great resources.

Also notice below this post there is an option for you to clip this post into your Evernote notebook. Most blogs are now offering up this option and it takes the 1 click clip to the next level. Be sure to look into providing this option to your readers in the future.

3. Implementing

The last and final key to this all is to start implementing what you have saved. Evernote has provided you an easy place to store all the info you will need. The biggest thing now is referring regularly to your Evernote notebook and start implementing the different code that you have stored away. Any time I start a new project there are two things that I regularly do. Start with a good wireframe and search my Evernote notebook for ideas and design elements. This has saved me a ton of time and frustration simply because it is all organized and saved away. Instead of searching for that resource I remember reading the other day or for that new way of using a drop-shadow in CSS3 I have it all at my finger tips with easy to read titles and organized tags that make searching a breeze.


The possibilities and uses of Evernote are unlimited. But if you are struggling to think of some new ways to use Evernote here is a post on the top 100 Evernote uses.
I hope that you can start storing away ideas and resources and start finding ways to implement them into making money.

Now stop reading this post and start clipping some sites.

How do you use Evernote?


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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Michael

    I had been using Evernote for sermon notes and blog ideas that pop in my head. I have been dabbling in some design. I think I’ll give this a shot.

    • Kyle Reed

      ya the clipping feature is what does it for me. Makes it so easy to go back and review much like you would with blog post or sermon stuff.

      • Michael

        Thanks man. And I hope you don’t mind, but I added those you had in your reader. I’d like to take this stuff to the next level.

  • dustin

    Mostly for blog post ideas, drafts, and when I come across something I’ll type it into my phone real quick…. love how it syncs.

    • Kyle Reed

      yes, that is another amazing feature. The sync is great.

  • ThatGuyKC

    I am an Evernote addict! Michael Hyatt turned me onto it and John Saddington (@TentBlogger) got me hooked.

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I really need to learn coding if I want to take my blog to the next level, but right now time is my scarcest resource. Maybe in June after I graduate.

    • Kyle Reed

      well a thing that I will often do is use stumbleupon while I’ve got a couple of minutes to kill. That is how I find a lot of my stuff.

  • Adam

    Great idea Kyle. I use Evernote daily and have never though of using it for this. Thanks for enlightening me!

    • Kyle Reed

      no problem buddy. It makes things a lot easier.

  • Jeff Goins

    Do you use one notebook or multiple notebooks?

    • Kyle Reed

      I use one notebook for all my code stuff but have it broken down by tags.

      but then have other notebooks that have different purposes

  • Graham

    This is great Kyle! I love finding new ways to use evernote. I primarily use it for taking notes in meetings and for drafting blog posts.

    • Kyle Reed

      ya me too

  • Rob Still

    Nice tutorial Kyle, you gave me some new ideas on how to use the elephant. I use it for brainstorming, note taking and web clipping.

    • Kyle Reed

      the web clipping is awesome.

      I could definitely see you using this a lot for your blog

  • John (TentBlogger)

    i will submit that this comment is subject to your particular definition of what a “coder” is… but here it goes anyway: I would never call someone who does “copy-and-paste-from-evernote” a coder/developer.

    we call this a “script-kid”.


    • Chris Ames

      I was a script kid in college. My professor would give me code snippets to execute, and I would, and then I would watch the result and then learn from it. Every #truedev coder starts as a script-kiddie.

      It is a legitimate practice on the journey towards independently writing code from scratch!