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My Productivity Toolbox: Evernote #atozchallenge - Corinne O'Flynn

a-to-z HEADER [2015] - april

The A-to-Z is going strong! It’s day 5 and that means, we’re going to talk about E!

E for Evernote

Evernote is a FREE web and app based organizing tool that allows you to file just about anything you want to keep electronically. It syncs across devices, allows for seamless collaboration, and keeps me very organized.

At it’s most basic, it’s a personalized collection of Notes, which you can file in Notebooks, and index them using Tags.

It also can be used as a scanner with OCR technology to make scanned items readable by the app (and therefore searchable). You can email things to your Evernote account which then become notes, which you can tag and file accordingly.

Some people find it overwhelming as it is very flexible. So flexible, in fact, that you can get lost quickly. Luckily, there are many people using the app who have shared the many ways they organize with it. In fact, I plan to develop an e-book on Evernote that I’ll make available here. But I wanted to share this with you in case you’re thinking about trying it.

Evernote has been a game-changer for me. I’m gradually going paperless. But one of the coolest things I’ve learned is how to organize events and trips:

One Way I Use Evernote:

This is just one section of my filing system, but it’s been a huge time-saver for me.

Briefly: I have a Notebook “stack” called “Travel and Events”. Inside the stack, I have notebooks with the date and event name for titles. Inside the notebook, I have emailed myself all the hotel, flight, and itinerary information, invoices and payment receipts, and any correspondence I’ve had with the event organizers or friends that I’m planning to see while I am there. I also have notes that I have created directly with my to do list, questions I need to ask, and a packing list.

I don’t have to look anywhere else. It is all here. Always. :)



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  1. Great tips! I agree Evernote is AWESOME. I use it to collect thoughts and notes for my blog in one notebook and another is notes on books that I am writing. Another is a list of books that I want to read. That way, no matter where I am,I can add things to my notebooks. Thanks for a great A-to-Z article

    1. Yes! I use it for taking notes and brainstorming my writing. I’m also trying to implement a content system so I have my blog ideas, drafts and final posts on hand and can tinker with them no matter where I am, until they’re ready to go.

    1. It can be used to capture writing and organizing research, absolutely. I use Scrivener for drafting. But have written in Evernote while on the go.

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