From Idea to Reality: How to Use Evernote to Bring Projects to Life

You’re bombarded with thousands of ideas every day.

You want to start a bakeshop. You want to become a professional gamer. You want to leave the country and live in Greece. You want to develop a project that could help you grab the next promotion. But there’s one problem: you don’t know how to start.

Whether you’re an IT professional or a writer like me, chances are, you’re always working on a project.

But like almost everyone, the hardest part is bringing your idea to reality.

So, how do you do it?

Let me share with you a strategy I use to help pick the right project you should pursue and the steps you need in order to make them a reality. And this strategy only involves one app: Evernote.


First things first, you need to know which project to pursue in the foreseeable future. Let’s say you have four or five projects floating in your mind right now. Which one should you pick? In the book Get It Done, Sam Bennett has a brilliant strategy that you can use. Ask yourself this question: Which project would make the most impact in your life?

If you have an Evernote account, open a note. If you don’t have an Evernote account, what are you waiting for? Download it! Pronto! Thank me later. 🙂

Now, on the newly opened note, write all the five projects that you’ve been thinking of. Let’s start with personal projects. (You can definitely use this same strategy when choosing projects for your work.)

Your list might look something like this:

  • Learn how to speak Japanese
  • Start a blog
  • Save money for trip in Santorini
  • Start journaling
  • Try scuba diving

Once you have the list, ask yourself: if I [insert project], how will it affect my life? For instance, if you become fluent in speaking Japanese, what will happen in your life? How will it affect your work or even your love life? If you’re a freelancer like me, will it open new opportunities in working with new clients?

What about journaling? Maybe you’ve been feeling depressed lately and journaling could help you figure some serious stuff out.

I highly recommend writing all this down. That’s what Evernote is all about. Now, let it sit for a few days. A few weeks even. And then go back to your note. Read each the project and the corresponding effects if you do them.

Now, pick one! It could either be the project that will yield a result as soon as possible (journaling), or a project that is long term (learning to speak Japanese). It’s up to you. The key here is to not dwell on picking the right project, it’s all about picking a project.


Evernote Note
This was the initial project I pursued when I read the book Get Things Done. My priorities have changed since then. 🙂


Borrowing from Sam Bennett’s strategy in the book, pick a name for your project. When I did this exercise, I named my project “Green Arrow.” Open a new note in Evernote and use the name of the project as the name title.

Now, list five things you’re going to do in order to make the project a reality. Start with the small stuff.

If you’re going to pursue journaling, your list might look something like this:

  • Buy a cute notebook that I’ll use as a journal
  • Buy a fancy pen
  • Start writing my first entry
  • Pay attention to my schedule and determine the best time to journal
  • Ask friends who are also writing journals

As you can see, the floating ideas in your head are now a concrete project. It’s tangible and actionable. Now, go do it!

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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