I have been using Evernote for a few years now. Four years to be exact. Mostly, I used it for keeping track of my Master To Do List. Occasionally I would see something on a website and store it there to read later. A list of books to read, recipes to try, TV shows to watch, podcasts to listen to, products to look at. You get the idea.
And whilst I have always loved the idea of having a portable organisation system with me, I really wasn’t putting it to good use.
But back in January, I posted about my Life Goals Vs New Years Resolutions and in this post I talked about how I wasn’t going to make resolutions, I was going to concentrate on some goals that I have set for myself.
One of these goals was to move towards digitising my life. I mean really digitising. My vision is to have next to no paperwork in the house. To be able to access everything on the fly. To be able to pull up the information that I need at the drop of a hat. And let me tell you, I am already on my way.
But today I really wanted to share with you my top 10 reasons why I am organising my life with Evernote and why I am in love with this program.
1. Evernote is extremely flexible
Evernote is a cross platform app you download from the internet, which allows users to organise and store their thoughts and ideas. The app can sync wirelessly across two mobile or desktop devices (in the basic version) so that your updated notes are available to you at any time. Now that is not to say that you can only have Evernote on two devices. I currently have it on my iPhone, my iPad and my iMac. I don’t use it as often on my iPad, so if I do change my mind and want to use it on that device, I simply log in as normal, and then Evernote gives me the choice of which two devices I can have active. By removing my iPhone, I don’t lose anything. Only the ability to use it at that time. Next time I log in on my phone, I revoke the access on my iPad, until I need to use that again. Of course, signing up for the premium package where you are allowed more devices, would eliminate the need for that.
2. Take notes where ever you are
I am always thinking of things I need to jot down. Notes from that meeting. That course I didn’t bring a notebook to? Or sometimes I come up with the most amazing idea for a new product and don’t want to forget the details. So I create a note and eliminate the risk of forgetting anything.
3. Scan your recipts directly into Evernote
Are you sick of having a wallet full of reciepts that you may or may not ever need again? Using Scannable, which is another app that talks to Evernote, you can scan your receipts directly into Evernote, and get rid of the paper piles from your purse, wallet or handbag. Obviously you don’t want to scan every receipt you come across, but how about the kids Christmas presents. Or a receipt for an electrical item that you may need to refer back to for warranty purposes. Have these easily accessible and available to you at all times.
4. Get rid of those bulky instruction manuals
Speaking of electrical items you have purchased, what do you do with all of those bulky instruction manuals? Most manuals are now available online in a PDF format. As soon as you download the file and drop it into Evernote, you can toss the paper manual (into the recycling of course) and save on filing space.
5. Searchable Text
Still on the topic of receipts, did you know that if you scan your receipts into Evernote and give them a meaningful name it makes searching for something so much faster. Better still, make full use of Evernotes searching functions that allows you to find not only the names and details you have given your receipts, but also the text that is written on your receipt. That’s right. Evernote can read your receipts and search for details that you didn’t even have to type.
6. Web Clipper
See something on the internet that you want to save? A web page you would like to read later? A recipe you might like to try? Just clip it from the web directly into your Evernote notebook using a simple web extension, that gives you a few different options of the format that you might like to save it in.
7. Share Notes with Family or Friends
How easy would it be to organise your Christmas celebrations with friends and family all over the country. Well you can with the sharing features offered with Evernote. You can share a notebook with up to 500 people so no one will feel left out of the planning process.
8. Password Protect your Notes on Mobile Devices
This is an absolute must for me. I like my privacy, and I like that my notes are not accessable on my devices without that password.
9. Tagging makes finding anything so easy
In addition to the amazing search features that Evernote provides, add some simple tags to your notes and finding what you need has never been easier. Tagging makes your notes easy to filter anything and everything that relates to a specific subject. Lets say you have a tag for Christmas. Anything you have tagged this way will appear in a search. For example, Christmas Recipes, Christmas Budget, Christmas Meal Plan, Christmas Reciepts, you get the idea. So when Christmas time rolls around, all of those things you have been working on are right there at your fingertips.
10. It’s Free
Best of all, Evernote Basic is free to everyone. So far, I have not had a need to upgrade my plan, but even if I did, at only $49.99 per year, that is less than $5 a month. So worth it to have an organised, digitised and extremely functional system in your pocket where ever you go.
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