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What is Evernote & How Can You Use It?

Tips & Tricks, Business ProductivityKristin RumianComment

Whenever I talk to my business contacts about my love for Evernote, I continuously get the same exact question; "Why is Evernote so great?"  Quite frankly, my entire life is organized in Evernote.  I have been using (and loving) Evernote for years and I have to say, my entire life is organized there.  I organize my business notes and documents, links, important mail that I need to save, e-mails, kids school papers, birthday party links & notes, Holiday lists & notes, recipes, etc...  So when I say that my entire life is in Evernote, I truly mean it.

So, What is Evernote?

Evernote is an app that I fully believe is a must-have for business owners, bloggers, writers, entrepreneurs, moms and pretty much everyone that wants to streamline and organize their lives.  It's an app that primarily focuses on note-taking, organization and archiving notes.  Notes, in Evernote, can be written text, a website, a picture, voice memo,  link or even a handwritten note.  With these notes you can categorize them.

  • Stacks: Stacks are like the master folder in which the Notebooks are contained and organized.
  • Notebooks: These are the sub-categories or folders that are organized within the stack.
  • Notes:  Notes are categorized into the notebooks themselves.

For example:

The Stack can be labeled as recipes and within the stack, the notebooks can be called Vegetarian, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Desserts, Sides, etc...  Within the notebooks are your recipes within those categories.

All of your notes are fully searchable with the title and the tags that you input into the notes themselves.  This way you don't have to browse through every single stack and notebook to find what you are looking for!  All you have to do is type in the tag and you will be able to find a specific note within a few seconds.  You can also export the notes very easily which makes it easy to share your notes with others.

Evernote is cross platform, which means that you can sync  your notes across all of your devices.  Evernote supports almost every operating system, so you can enture that your notes will always be easily accessible wherever you are!  You can download Evernote on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, Android phones, Blackberry phones, Windows phones and more!  The interface may look slightly different from platform to platform but it's used the same way across them all!

I think the best thing about Evernote is that it saves space on your phone.  How does it do that?  Well, it takes the place of five apps for you!  Evernote can be a:

  • Note taking app
  • Reminders app
  • Read later app
  • To do list app
  • Cloud sharing/saving app

You can also download the Evernote Web Clipper browser extension to quickly and easily save websites, links and excerpts straight from your browser to Evernote.  Evernote also gives you a dedicated e-mail address where you can send notes or forward e-mails straight into your notebooks from your e-mail client.  It really doesn't get any easier than all of that!

So What Else Can You Do in Evernote?

  • You can create tables
  • Add photos, videos and voice memos right in with your text
  • Add reminders for events or important reminders
  • Add bullets or fully-functional checkboxes for to-do lists

And the list can go on when you figure out exactly how you want Evernote to work for you!  Trust me, this app is definitely a productivity app that I brag about.  I suggest this app to absolutely everyone because it can really take a burden off you by organizing just about everything and can most definitely make your life easier.  It has for me!