The holidays can be a hectic time, with a flurry of friends and family descending on your home, the hustle and bustle of picking the perfect gifts, and all the thought devoted to planning big family meals. Let Evernote and Skitch help you start off the holiday season with the best Thanksgiving weekend.
1. Stay Organized with Checklists
Feel like you’re on the verge of forgetting something? Keep a checklist to track all the things you need to do to prepare for Thanksgiving. Make a master checklist or several different ones for grocery shopping, trips to pick up family at the airport and more. You can even set a Reminder on a checklist, so Evernote will ping you on your phone with the ingredients you need for grandma’s famous pumpkin pie when you’re headed to the store.
2. Split Up the Work with Shared Notebooks
Cooking everything yourself is a huge job; enlist your family to prepare side dishes and take some of the pressure off your kitchen. Put together a Shared Notebook and invite everyone who’s coming to celebrate. Plan out your menu, assign cooking duties and collect recipe ideas — all in one place that everyone can access and add to. More tips in this post.
3. Get a Jump on Collecting Holiday Gift Ideas
Start gathering ideas for holiday gifts early — you’ll have more time to shop, plus gifts always feel more thoughtful when you’ve had a little time to see what’s out there.
Evernote makes collecting gift ideas much easier with the Web Clipper (download it to your browser, if you haven’t already). Anything that catches your eye online can be clipped into your Evernote account in one easy step. Add tags with family members’ names so you can quickly find all the gifts you’re considering. All the ideas, images and prices are in one place to help you make your decision — plus the links you need to go buy your gifts once you’ve done some comparison shopping.
4. Put Together a Black Friday Game Plan with Skitch
Divide and conquer. Coordinate a plan in advance with your family of determined shoppers so that you can be as efficient as possible once you get to the shops. Snap an image of a mall map and use Skitch to plan your route, designating meeting spots, big bargains, and more. Then, send it off to everyone in your family so that they can all access it on their mobile devices.
How are you using Evernote to make the holidays merrier? Share your tips and stories in the comments below.