Our flight was delayed leaving Toronto for Dublin. That didn’t stress us out. We surfed, we read, we chatted, we texted. About mid-flight, the penny dropped: if we were late leaving we are going to be late arriving. I know you saw that coming two sentences ago. Okay, so if we are late arriving, does that mean we will miss the meet-up time with the rest of the tour at the airport?
Our agent had sent us a note about the scheduled rendezvous plus a contact number if things went awry. I didn’t bring that note. Why? Because I snapped a photo of it on my phone and stored it in an offline Evernote notebook dedicated to our trip. That meant regardless of whether I had internet or cell service that note was accessible on my phone. Excellent! Big sigh.
Listen, next to Imodium, Evernote offline notebooks help tame the deep urges brought on by international travel. Hey, that isn’t their only value. Here is how I use them in ministry.
Offline Notebooks Keeps Me On Course
Often I accompany my aging mom to her medical appointments. You and I know there is going to be waiting. However, with a little bit of advance planning, I can scan some sermon prep material into an offline Evernote notebook. I sync up my tablet. Now I have a convenient way to read and annotate material while I wait. No need for cell service or the internet.
I use an offline notebook to collect prayer requests. Some I just key in, while others I snip from prayer letters and emails. I also use this notebook to prompt my prayers. It was simpler to make it offline so that I didn’t have to be mindful of connectivity. Which is great for those quarterly retreats when I am away from home base.
It is tough for the recently bereaved (and for me!) to think about all the details associated with a funeral service. I have a template that helps me review the basics with them. I access that note from a tablet. You see I like using a tablet because the last thing I want is for the bereaved to think I am ‘checking my phone’ instead of attending to their needs. Using my tablet means no cellular connection and depending on where we are meeting no internet. By now you know that isn’t a problem if I use an offline notebook.
Some key technical tidbits about offline notebooks
Notes created using a desktop version of Evernote are by default stored locally, so you always have access to them. Offline notebooks are created from mobile versions of Evernote (sorry Premium only). The workflow varies slightly by platform.
Usually, the storage capacity on our mobile devices is limited. That means don’t store everything in an offline notebook! Be selective. And purge. I am now done with my trip to Ireland, for starters, I should disable the offline functionality of that notebook. In fact, I should delete a bunch of those files outright.
If you like the idea of accessing sermon prep material, or whatever, while you are on the go, then I would recommend you ‘move’ rather than ‘copy’ those resources to an offline notebook (see here for instructions). This means you only have one version of those notes in your Evernote world. Plus when you edit an offline note on the go, sync that note from the mobile device first before retrieving it from a desktop version of Evernote. This will avoid a sync conflict.by