Hello friends! Just a quick post today to explain a little more about my very favorite app. It’s called Evernote, and I literally use it at least 10-20 times a day. Here are a few details on when I use it, how I organize it into sections, and how I would recommend you get started–if you’d like to give it a try.
1) When I Use Evernote
I think of Evernote as my digital filing cabinet…. It holds things like screen shots, PDFs, photos I want to tag/label/keep for a specific reason, drafts or notes for projects, scans of important documents, ideas, etc.
A lot of our community members have asked me whether they should use Asana or Evernote, and this is part of the reason I’m writing this post. I believe you need BOTH.
Asana is for project and task management.
Evernote is for project and task support materials.
They work in tandem, and I’ll explain a little more below!
(2) How I Organize Evernote into Sections
When I first created my free Evernote account, I had one notebook called “April’s General Notes,” and everything went in there.
I didn’t know why I would need it or what kinds of things would find their way into my notes, so I just kept it simple.
After a few months, I realized that some categories were naturally starting to develop, so I created a few additional notebooks and moved some things around.
Now, after more than 5 years inside Evernote (as a Premium user), this is what my notebooks look like:
The labels that have a little book icon next to them are “notebooks,” and the ones that have the three stacked lines are “notebook stacks”—which contain a few notebooks inside.
Each time I hit that little green plus sign and add a note, I decide which notebook will hold it. Notebook stacks simply add an additional level of categorization.
The beautiful part about this is that I can create notes throughout the day with very little effort, and I can find them easily whenever I need them. Plus, they can hold audio files, photos, videos, text, etc. Ahhh, I love it!
(3) How You Could Get Started
There are other apps out there that you can use, besides Evernote, manage all your digital resources, so obviously you’ll need to decide which one is best for you, but if you wanted to give this a shot, here’s what I recommend:
- Create a free Evernote account (This is our affiliate link, if you’d like to support LearnDoBecome in the process…but that’s not why I’m writing this 🙂).
- Start using Evernote instead of your “notes” app to hold pieces of information you want/need to access in the near future—especially things like screen shots that can easily get lost in your camera roll.
- Try the audio, photo, video, PDF features, etc. and then try searching for notes, rearranging them, creating new notebooks, etc.
- If you love it, upgrade to the Premium version and start using it in a bigger way.
I don’t use a lot of apps because I like to keep my life/phone simple, but this is one that has CONSISTENTLY served me for years, and I highly, highly recommend it!
If you have more questions, please put them here in the comments, and I can write another post in the future to help out as much as I can!
Enjoy, good luck, and happy organizing!!
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