Let me give you a perfect example — my wife. When I wrote my Evernote book, my wife just didn’t get it! It didn’t matter how much I tried showing her the benefits of Evernote … it just didn’t appeal to her. I couldn’t believe that of anyone on the planet, I simply could not sell my wife on using Evernote. In fact, she refused so much, that she said she’d rather use those $1 magnet pads you buy at the local craft store and sticky notes to help her remember what she needs to do and buy. She didn’t like the setup, structure, and the way things went into the app. She thought that Evernote was … “too techie”! When I showed my wife the new Springpad as I was authoring the the new book … it just clicked! She got it! It was amazing. She read my book cover-to-cover, put her reading glasses down, looked up at me and said … now this is what I’m going to use! That was an awesome experience for me!
Since my entire philosophy is about helping others become more productive – I am extremely aware that so many people didn’t feel as if Evernote was for them. But what I realized, through my wife, is that this is just the app so many have been looking for – a way to beautifully display the things they need and share with the people they trust … and for my wife, it’s sharing things such as our Costa Rica anniversary vacation planning & grocery lists with me! (You can see more of my examples by clicking here to see my public Springpad page.) Then again, moms like Lauren Rothlisberger, the GetGeeky blog author and Evernote for Moms eBook author, does see how she can use Evernote as a mom.
As an avid follower of GTD and a productivity author, I am keenly aware that not everyone uses Evernote for GTD purposes. One of the things I’ve known for some time is that GTD is not a “one size fits all” methodology — and that’s okay! As you know from my Evernote book and my posts is that David Allen’s book is fabulous for explaining what a trusted system should be, but falls short of explaining what we should be using for our trusted system. I completely understand why. Everyone’s GTD system is personal. When we really boil it down to it’s most basic fundamental levels, GTD is about 3 things: 1) having a trusted system; 2) getting your lists in order in that trusted system; and 3) attaining a “mind like water” to get things done.
There have been over 9,000 people worldwide who have purchased my Evernote book. Of that number, hundreds have reached out who have said they are extremely loyal Springpad users but they were able to take ideas from my book and apply those ideas to their life in Springpad. Others reached out and said that they were going keep their todo app they loved so much, but again, were going to apply my ideas and methodologies to their current system.
Authoring a book on Springpad, presents an option to many who do not use Evernote … like my wife! It is about choices. As I noted, to some, the new Springpad may or may not be mutually exclusive to their use of Evernote. Since I don’t think they really compete with one another, it’s about another avenue by which others may benefit – even for Evernote devotees.
In fact, just like my wife, I have had others reach out to me and let me know that notwithstanding their devotion to Evernote, they have found ways to utilize the new Springpad to create private projects with the people they trust, such as moving to a new house. This one gentleman and his wife wanted to: 1) see their project in a “Pinterest-like” style; 2) have something that was private; and 3) instantly be alerted as to when one of them added or modified anything in the notebook – including tasks. As another example, just last night, I was contacted by someone who wants to write a guest post for this site. He’s an Evernote user, but created a privately shared notebook with me on Springpad so that we can both be advised as to when changes are being made and we can visually brainstorm in a way that Evernote does not provide. In my Springpad book, I provide many, many rich & vivid examples just like these.
Ultimately, is Evernote for everyone? No. Will Springpad be for everyone? No. The big question that I know is on everyone’s mind – “Am I switching today?” The whole point is that it’s not a matter of switching. To me, with the new Springpad, I do not believe that they are competitors.
But many, like my wife, might just may start using an app for the first time to help them in becoming more productive as a result of the redesign and from reading my book. And, as a productivity author & presenter, if I have had any small impact on a single person’s life on the way he or she gets things done, I feel profoundly humbled & blessed to have had that opportunity!
I hope that helps and as always, I encourage you to provide your insights and feedback in the comments below!