With the impending demise of Google Reader, and with it, Starred Items, which is my ToDo inbox, I made another attempt to love Evernote. This, like all previous attempts, failed.
GR Starred Items works for me because it is in my workflow - most of the content I bookmarked came from RSS feeds. It failed when I wanted to file content from other sources. That's why Evernote was an attractive idea.
Why did Evernote fail to do it for me again? It's not in my workflow, it's a ghetto destination I don't visit. Also, Evernote has too many bells and whistles, stuff I don't need - too much complexity, too much distraction.
So what worked? Email of course. The Send to Email button in Safari is nice, but if you don't have one, it's easy to install a Send to Email bookmarklet, such as this one. Don't know how to do this? It's easy.
Stage Two: Tagging emails is the answer to a smooth workflow. I have found Gmail tags simple and powerful, it's just a question of getting into the habit. You can tag email in any decent client though, not just Gmail.
Email. It just works. Unless of course you're not using tags?