The Best Way to Manage Random notes and papers - with Evernote

The Best Way to Manage Random notes and papers - with Evernote

Today is about setting up a home for all that information that we're bombarded with, but not sure where to keep. Go back to your "TO FILE" tray, and chances are there are items in there like this. You might also have articles or blog posts that you want to read later, how do you keep track of them? And what about that measurement that you need to take to the hardware store?

The best storage and organisation solution for all this and more is a tool called Evernote. 

5 must have iPhone apps for Productivity

5 must have iPhone apps for Productivity

I don't know about you but I LOVE finding out about apps that can make my life easier. I do alot of work on my phone these days. Trying to sneak in little bursts of productivity, between chasing around my toddler and otherwise keeping life moving.

So to share and inspire you, today I'm sharing my 5 favourite apps for getting things done on the go.

How you can use Evernote to improve your Small Business Systems

How you can use Evernote to improve your Small Business Systems

From those who aren't familiar, I often get asked, what does Evernote do? A lot of people have heard of it, or maybe even downloaded it but haven't really put it to use yet. And I know when I first discovered the app (pre-installed on a laptop I bought in 2009!) I thought "hmm this looks interesting and useful but what should I use it for?"

It's one of those tools that is such a blank canvas and so flexible that it can sometimes bring on a case of writers block! 

So let's look at just some of the ways I have seen Evernote used and how I use it myself for my business. 

How to Organise Your Reading

How to Organise Your Reading

I have always loved to read. I love a good novel to relax and escape into another world, life or time. I also love reading non-fiction to learn something new. Lately with content marketing, blogs shared on social media and email newsletters, it seems there's always something popping into my inbox that i want to read.

So how to keep up without getting distracted from what you're supposed to be doing? And how to remember those books you see or hear about that you want to read one day?

By keeping a "To-read" list or lists...

Great Biz uses for Evernote Reminders

Great Biz uses for Evernote Reminders

I love how I can add a note or pic for future reference in Evernote no matter what device I am using or where I am.

The problem with this is, even if your notes are fairly well organised in notebooks or with tags, you can forget to go back and look at these great ideas and then what's the point of having them?

To-Do Lists - Part 3: Apps & Technology

With smartphones so popular, there are literally hundreds of apps available to keep track of lists, tasks and appointments. And because you always have your phone with you, it's perfect for capturing notes or to-dos when you think of them, and to always be able to access your to-do list when you are ready to tackle it.

Digital Filing with Evernote

So much of the information we have coming at us these days is via some digital medium. Whether its a bill or quote emailed to us, an article read online or a picture that we want to save for future reference. So how do you save all this info in a way that you can find it when and where you need it?

My preferred method is with an app called


. It's so easy to learn, it's convenient and it's free (unless you become are really heavy duty user but even then it's quite reasonable).

evernote digital storage
evernote digital storage

Easy ways to capture info

When you come across something that you want to save for future reference, no matter where you are or what it is, you can add it to Evernote!

There are free apps for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android, or you can just log in to the website on any computer. Whichever device you use, it all syncs to the cloud. You even get a special email address set up so you can forward emails to it and it appears as a new note in Evernote!

What can you capture?

Type text, take a photo, record an audio note, clip info from a website, import a photo from your phone or save PDFs to read later.

Organising all that Info

Everything you put into Evernote becomes a "note". You can sort your notes into "Notebooks" which are just like folders. Add extra text or images to existing notes and you can also add "tags" to notes to help you sort them and find them later. You can make it as basic or complicated as you want but a good way to set it up, as with any filing, is to think about how you would search for it later.

Finding it again

One of the great features in Evernote is the search that lets you find a word that appears in your note, even if its an image! So for example if you take a photo of a recipe from a magazine, you can search for one of the ingredients and Evernote will still find it!

I have so many uses for Evernote! Including:

  • Recipes - with notes added about how good it is and pics of the end result
  • Photos of dresses or furniture that I like - can add the details of where to buy from
  • Receipts that I need to keep for product warranties - whether from an email or just a photo of the cash receipt
  • Contact info - Photos of business cards or information clipped from a website
  • Travel itineraries and information - booking numbers, ideas of places to visit, weather forecasts, packing checklists
  • Instruction manuals for gadgets - You can download these from the manufacturers website and throw out the paper version
  • To-do lists - sometimes I even make a wishlist so that next time someone asks what I want for my birthday there are no more mind-blanks! 

I don't know how I managed before I found Evernote, how do you keep track of things you want to remember later?