Looking for an Evernote replacement? If you’re wondering if Google Drive could be it, this post is for you.

A month ago, Evernote made some pretty big changes to its free plan, and it prompted a great deal of discussion. Some people say a price increase was long overdue. Others say they don’t use Evernote enough to be worth the asking price for a paid plan, but the free plan is now too limiting.

People use the same analogy for two diametrically opposed arguments.

One camp says Evernote is a bargain, that you pay as much for a Netflix subscription as you do for the Evernote subscription you use all day every day.

The other camp says, “What? A notes app that costs as much as Netflix?”

Many people are looking for where to turn. Personally, I’m sticking with Evernote. However, I want to be helpful to the person who wants to go in another direction.

If you want to leave, you’ve got several obstacles:

  • First, you have to decide where to date your information.
  • Second, you’ve got to figure out how to get it there, and there’s no answer that’s going to bring it all over in a pristine fashion just like you had it in Evernote. There’s going to be some cleanup to do.
  • Third, you’ve got the learning curve involved with whatever new platform is in front of you.

If you’re looking for a place to go, the answer may be in something you already have. So many of the people I work with are in the educational arena. Most educators and their students are familiar with Google Drive. Some use it much better than others, but nobody is starting from “square one.”

I’ve created a manual for just that audience. So whether you want to move from Evernote to Google Drive or whether you already use Google Drive and want to learn how to organize it better, this one’s for you.

You’ll learn how to emulate an “inbox.” You’ll get some specific folder suggestions that help keep your setup clean. You’ll learn about Google’s substitute for the Evernote Web Clipper. You’ll have a strategy for replacing the tags you lost during the Evernote conversion, and it’s not the one I hear others talk about. I even show you how to clean up that dreaded “Shared with me.”

Don’t know what I’m talking about with this “Evernote free plan”?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Evernote changed its free plan, here’s the scoop. In December 2023, new owner Bending Spoons announced a drastic reduction to the free plan:

  • 50 notes maximum rather than unlimited notes with the only stipulation being you could not upload more than 60MB per month, a generous amount for most people.
  • 1 notebook maximum rather than more notebooks than you would likely ever need
  • 2 devices maximum, something that has been in place for quite a while.

 Clearly, the “free” plan becomes more of a trial. Try it on a limited number of notes. If you like it and if you see it as a big improvement in your ability to store, share, and retrieve information, then subscribe. That’s the new message.

For the person whose needs are limited, I recently created this post with a YouTube video and podcast episode on how you might use the free plan successfully if your needs are small. I created a similar piece of content on the Evernote Web Clipper.

Whether it’s Evernote, Google Drive, or something else, having your digital information organized is priceless and too much to store in our heads. We all need that “second brain.” What will yours be?

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