| Name: Aimee Giese
Profession: Entrepreneur, graphic designer, web developer,
Location: Denver, Colorado
Website http://www.greeblemonkey.com /
Aimee Giese is a business owner, graphic designer, web developer, photographer and lifestyle blogger behind the site Greeblemonkey. She co-founded a health education research and web development firm in Denver, Colorado called Klein Buendel. As a writer, Aimee contributes to Denver Post’s Parenting blog, Mile High Mamas, is an editor for Kirtsy, a recommendation site for women, and occasionally blogs for The Music Mamas. She is launching a new media company combining her love for graphic design, web development, social media and photography.
I Use Evernote For…
I love technology, but I’m slow to change. A number of people had recommended that I try Evernote but I held off for a while. Once I realized that I could do everything—from taking text notes to scanning documents, recording voice notes to taking photos—and have it be available and searchable on any device, I was hooked. Evernote has been a lifesaver for me both professionally and personally. Here are some of the ways that I use it:
Above: save guides, manuals and useful PDFs
- I use Evernote for work.
I take notes, record memos and snippets of conversation using voice notes, and organize all of my projects in Evernote. The other day, I had a work lunch meeting and I captured lots of ideas and tactical plans in Evernote.
- I use Evernote to organize my family life.
I’m a working mom, so being organized is key to making sure everything that needs to get done, gets done. Every Saturday, my family and I go out to breakfast. I pull up Evernote on my iPhone and talk through everything my husband and I need to get done over the course of the week. I label the note ‘Saturday’ and refer back to it to make sure I’m on track with all of my to-dos. These are the notebooks I have in my account: my blog, insurance, work, and family—I keep track of all of my son’s summer camp information in Evernote.
- I use Evernote for my hobbies.
I’m a photographer and was recently enrolled in a photography class which provided students with a password-protected website full of tips and tricks. Instead of having to log into the website with my password every time I wanted to refer back to a tip, I dropped it into my Evernote account so I had it with me no matter where I went. I never had to interact with a tedious login process. I also do pottery and when I’m at a store and see something I want to try to make, I take a picture of it and throw it into my Pottery notebook. I subscribe to design company newsletters which I email to my Evernote account for future reference as well.
- I use Evernote to capture inspiration.
I keep a list of ideas for articles and blog posts in Evernote. I contribute to a variety of publications in addition to my own, so it’s important for me to come up with fresh, interesting content. If I’m out and about and have an idea for a blog post but no time to work on it, I just dictate a voice note to myself and pull it up later when I’m at my desk.
- I use Evernote for my health.
When I was in Austin for SXSW, I had to unexpectedly go to the hospital. Doctors were throwing information at me left and right and I knew I would never be able to remember it. On top of that, I had lost my insurance card. Evernote came to the rescue. My husband scanned my insurance card and emailed it to my Evernote account. To remember everything that the doctors were telling me, I started taking pictures of my paperwork and medication instructions. Now, I show doctors my phone whenever I need to pull up insurance information or medical records. Doctors can forget things, but I know that all of my records are stored in Evernote.
- I use Evernote to remember people.
I attend and speak at a lot of conferences and it’s often hard to remember everyone I meet. I take photos of all of the business cards that I receive and put them in Evernote for reference. I make notes about followup action items.
It’s pretty amazing to have one tool that keeps all of these facets of my life in one place, and makes them all super searchable and accessible. Plus, with the new Snippet View, I’m able to just launch Evernote and quickly scroll through to find what I’m looking for visually.
My Evernote A-Ha! Moment: Download the Desktop App!
Downloading the desktop app was what really made me realize how powerful Evernote was. Coupled with having Evernote on my iPhone, it just hit me —I could capture virtually anything (text, speech, photos), do it all from one place and have it all available to me anywhere. When I’m writing, the desktop app is definitely my go-to. I am able to clean things up (like tags) and see my notes on a big screen. I like to keep everything organized in my notebooks and rely on tagging. I do a lot of this on my desktop.