A couple of weeks ago I set off to crash test Evernote, to see if it could change my life. Well, it has! I have Evernote downloaded on my desktop, my iPad and my iPhone – they are all synced via my online Evernote account. It is all working rather nicely for me and I’ve only just begun!
Here are 5 ways Evernote is making my life easier
A new look Tickler file
I’ve re-created my Tickler File in Evernote and I think it’s going to work! I really like the tickler file system, but the only drawback is that I didn’t always have the information on hand and I had to remember to check the physical file each day. Not so great if I wasn’t at home. Now I have the days and months set up as tags and I just tag my notes and scanned docs accordingly. I’ve even been taking photos of the important part of bills with my iPhone and emailing them directly to Evernote with the tag #bills and the day of the month it needs to be paid.
One of my biggest failings is going to the shops and coming back without the stuff I need! I’ve started making notes of things as I think of them and tag them with where I buy them eg #freshfoodmarket, #supermarket, #Bunnings, #BigW etc. Then whenever I’m in one of the those locations I can do a quick check if there is anything on my list. I can also save lists in a shared notebook with CrashHubby, which we’re yet to test. A great function of Evernote is that you can add check boxes to your list. I’m woking on creating a master grocery list and will use the check boxes in reverse. If we need something then I’ll check it. Once bought it can be unchecked. Easy!
Organising my blogging
There is always (far too much) stuff to do with my blog. I’ve created tags for different activities like #development #blogher #facebook #sponsorship #post. When I come across a good idea I can make a note and tag it #post. An article with tips on Facebook can be ‘clipped’ straight to Evernote with the Webclipper and tagged #facebook. Now when planning my week, I go through my Blogging tags (I’ve nested them all under a main tag) and decide what and when I’m going to do it (by adding it to the appropriate day of the week in my To Do Notebook). It’s so much better to have this all in one place where I can action it, rather than really good information getting lost in my Bookmarks.
Often the only time I have to read is when I’m away from my computer, which means I’m usually reading blogs on my phone or iPad, both of which can make it really difficult to comment. Now I can email the post straight to Evernote with the tag #comment in the subject line so I can comment when I’m back at my computer. This also works well when I come across an interesting article but don’t have time to read it straight away, I can just tag it #read. So long as I remember to check my #comment and #read tags then I’ll be up to date – well, I can only try!
Journal for the Kids
This is a work in progress. My blog is not really where I record memories and milestones of the kids as they grow up. I’ve now set up tags for each of them so I can make notes, make audio recordings and take photos of things like their artwork, talking about things, first visit to the dentist etc. All the things I was really bad at recording in their baby books. I wish I knew about Evernote before now!
Here’s my set up on the desktop so far:
And here’s how I’ve set up my virtual tickler file tags:
As I said, it’s all working fairly well for me. The layout takes a little getting used to. There are quirky little things like having to click the ‘pencil’ edit icon to make changes to a note, when intuitively you just want to click in the body of the note and start typing.
My favourite feature is being able to email things straight from your phone to Evernote and tag it by adding # in front of the tags. Because I have the ‘Tickler Tags’ set up I can also set the date to set a future action for my note straight away.
I’d love to hear if you have any more tips for me, or if you think you might start using Evernote yourself.