| Name: Carley Knobloch
Evernote Ambassador: Parenting
Location: Los Angeles
Go to the Parenting discussion forum
You might recognize Carley Knobloch from this blog post. If you attended the Evernote Trunk conference, you may also have heard her speak about the ways that Evernote is an invaluable tool for her as a parent. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Carley is joining our Ambassador Program as the Parenting Ambassador. If you’re a parent, about to become a parent, or just feel like you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities and want to figure out how Evernote can help, follow Carley over on her awesome site, Digitwirl, as well as over in the Parenting section of the Lifestyle forum.
She’s dropping by today to share her first contributed post, so you can get to know her a little better. Carley will also be hosting a Twitter party next week to talk about ways that parents can get organized with Evernote around the holidays (see details below). Great to have you, Carley.
6 Ways to Keep Life, Work, Family and Home Organized with Evernote
I can usually manage to get my sweater tucked in, wear matching socks and make my bed before I leave the house. I rarely forget to pay bills, and I seldom forget a birthday or to pick my kids up from school (though all of those things have happened…). It’s all the stuff I call “micro data”— the tiny bits of information that come at me all day, every day: What did Josh’s mom say he wanted for his birthday? How long is that wall I wanted to find art for? What part did the plumber tell me to order? My brain is not able to store all this minutia and recall it when the time is right. Everything goes in, but little comes out when I need it. It’s like my garage, come to think of it— a black hole of stuff and things where “in storage” is synonymous with “missing.”
If my brain is the garage, then Evernote is the brand-new addition I built on top of it, wiith limitless shelf space and a kindly librarian at the front desk to help you find whatever you need. As I move micro data into Evernote, I can chip away at the panic and frustration I usually walk around with. Being able to recall more micro data not only makes me more efficient, but also calmer and more collected.
Here are just a few examples of how Evernote has improved my life and saved me tons of time:
- Serial Numbers
I recently had a new lock installed on my backyard gate. When it turned out to be faulty, the customer service people needed the lock’s serial number to troubleshoot it. Turns out, the serial number is only written on the box (long gone) or inside the lock. I had to completely dismantle the lock and re-install it before I could even begin to fix it. Now, whenever I buy anything with a serial number, I take a quick snapshot of it with my smartphone camera and store it in Evernote. Even for items that are more easily accessible, having them all in Evernote means I don’t have to get on all fours and stick my head in the washing machine during a service call. This is especially helpful if I don’t happen to be at home when I need to make that call.
- Instruction Manuals
I used to have a box that was full of instruction manuals, mostly for things I no longer own. This made sense in 1992 when there was no Internet, which is now the ONLY place I go when I run into trouble with my blender or television set. I recently threw out the outdated box and replaced it with a notebook in Evernote. Most of the manuals I needed were already available online as PDFs, and I scanned the ones I couldn’t find in a flash. Now, if my Bluetooth headset is on the fritz, or if I need help resetting my modem, I have all the help I need — no box required.
When it comes to kids, things like weight, height, clothing and shoe sizes are a moving target. It’s tough to remember everyone’s data, because it’s constantly changing. I now have a notebook in Evernote that has all of this information, and more. When I’m out shopping, I can remember that my daughter is a “medium” in Gap tops, but a “small” at Target, and my son wears a size 2 in Addidas, but a 13 ½ in Converse. And when we head to the doctor’s office, I make sure I record their updated weight and height information, so that I can have it at the ready when I need to fill out forms for school or sports teams.
The congratulatory email a boss wrote after a job well done. The thank you card my girlfriend wrote me after I helped her through a bad break-up. The recipe for my grandmother’s chicken patties that she wrote by hand, or the birthday card my grandfather painted in watercolors. All these items are special to me, but in spite of my best intentions, I will lose them, or file them away in a box somewhere and never look at them again. Now, they’re all scanned into Evernote, and I’ll always be able to retrieve them when I want to walk down memory lane. Plus, they’re automatically date-stamped, so I can remember the moment in time, as well as the sentiment.
- House receipts and documents
The last time I got my carpets cleaned was two years ago. I loved the company that did the job. The technician was on time, conscientious and was nice to our dog. Plus, they gave us a great deal. Now I can’t remember his name or how much we paid for his services. Had I scanned the receipt into Evernote, I’d be able to search for the word “carpet” and pull it up instantly (Evernote can even search for text inside of images). I’ll have his phone number and negotiate another great deal. I also keep all of my extended warranties in Evernote. As the years go on and things break, it’s a cinch to find the documents and see if I have coverage.
- Seasonal storage
I live in Los Angeles so I don’t have too many bulky sweaters to store away once the winter months subside, but I do like to pack some stuff up so my clothes can have some breathing room in my closet. This year, I documented everything in Evernote, taking quick pictures of clothes that were being boxed up and creating a note for each box. Now, if I do need to pack for a last-minute trip to London (a girl can dream!), I’ll know the precise location of every turtleneck or pair of wellies.
There you have it. Just a few of the ways that Evernote keeps me organized and sane — whether it comes to keeping track of product manuals, keepsakes, or anything related to my kids.
It’s a Twitter Party!
Carley will be hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday, December 14th from 6-7 pm PST (9-10 pm ET) to chat about all things related to staying sane during the holidays. To join:
- Create your Twitter account, login via Twitter.com or your Twitter client.
- Follow @evernotelife and @digitwirl.
- Follow the hashtag #evernotelife (create a new column in your Twitter client to make it easier to follow the chat, or join the chat here: http://tweetchat.com/room/evernotelife)
- Ask questions, chat with fellow parents, and discuss ways you could be using Evernote during the holiday season.
Spread the word and let others know you’ll be joining by tweeting:
Join @digitwirl for a Twitter party on 12/14 @ 9 pm EST to chat ways to stay sane during the holidays + win prizes. Follow #evernotelife!
I’m attending the @digitwirl + @evernotelife Twitter party on 12/14 @ 9 pm EST. Join us! #evernotelife
We’ll be moderating the conversation and giving away some great prizes, including Doxie Go scanners!
Stay tuned for more holiday coverage on the blog…
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