Be More Productive in 2014 with Evernote

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Be More Productive in 2014 with Evernote

Posted by Joshua Zerkel on 31 Dec 2013

Posted by Joshua Zerkel on 31 Dec 2013

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For many of us, getting organized and increasing productivity are big goals in the new year. The good news? You don’t have to make huge, workflow-altering changes in order to work more effectively. Consider the following small steps you can take with Evernote to make 2014 your most productive year yet:

  1. Hold more effective meetings. Create an agenda note in Evernote for each meeting. Include any files that need to be discussed, snapshots of handwritten notes, and any other details to get attendees prepared. If you work on a team, keep your meeting agendas in a shared Business Notebook so everyone can access the details of upcoming meetings and review action items that result from conversations.
  2. Brainstorm better. Whether you’re going solo or working with other people, ideation is often a key step in moving projects forward. When brainstorming, use Post-it® Notes to jot down ideas. Arrange (and rearrange) them on the wall in groups that outline next steps for your projects. Use Evernote on your mobile device to capture them for easy reference.
  3. Expand your skills. Evernote can be a powerful tool for many work-related tasks, both on your own and with your team. Deepen your skills with Evernote @ Work, where you’ll learn new ways to leverage Evernote in your day-to-day tasks. Once you’ve started using Evernote in a new way, share the knowledge with your team members so everyone can benefit.
  4. Go paperless. Make 2014 the year you clear your desk of paper. In addition to eliminating paper clutter and saving space, getting your documents in Evernote makes everything searchable, shareable and accessible from any device. Stay productive from anywhere. The ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner makes it easy for you take stacks of business cards, documents and receipts, and get them into Evernote quickly.
  5. Rightsize your tools. To help ensure your productivity, make sure you’ve chosen the edition of Evernote that best supports your efforts. If you work on your own, Evernote Premium lets you upload more information, easily search inside your documents, and access your notes on-the-go (even without an Internet connection). Evernote Business builds on these features and allows you and your team to be more productive, together, by making it easy for everyone to contribute to your company’s shared knowledge.

What are some ways you plan on using Evernote to be more productive in 2014?

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  • Michele Charles Gustafson

    I love everything Evernote! 2014 mission: Go paperless for me!

  • Justin P Lambert

    One of my resolutions for the New Year is to fully integrate Evernote into my tax preparations and bookkeeping: scanning and tagging every check and receipt as documentation to put with my spreadsheets at the end of the year. I was undisciplined with it this year and now I’m scrambling to identify about 25% of my deductions, etc. Not in 2014! :)

    • Perk

      Hey Justin,
      I use Shoeboxed (http://www.shoeboxed.com) for receipts, they have an option to automatically upload to Evernote. You just snail mail them an envelope of receipts, or take an iphone photo of them, they do the text entry. Saved me a ton of data entry for $9.95 per month (lite plan). You might want to look at that, too)

  • wlhughes

    I am in the process of archiving all important email and content in various notebooks with appropriate tags. This is allowing me to shrink my Outlook data storage to almost nothing while having cross-platform and totally mobile access, anywhere, anytime. The variety of on-board document filters allows me to read most if not all attachments. I use Evernote Pro in concert with NOZBE (for To-Do’s) and OnePageCRM (contact management) for a totally integrated information management system. All of these programs are available cross platform, cloud ready and totally mobile. Coupled with all of the various Cloud Storage options available you can now be almost completely hardware independent and the nice thing is they are all budget friendly and collaboration ready. It truly is a brave new world…

    • Tim

      wlhughes – I would be interested in knowing why you use both Nozbe and Evernote? I would also be interested in knowing how you manage your workflow with these tools? Thanks.

  • Craige Moore

    I want to go paperless, but when I go to a meeting, i still find it’s easiest to take notes on paper. I can’t quite type fast enough on my phone to get everything down and taking my ipad plus keyboard would definitely get me some raised eyebrows. How do others deal with that?

    • Clark Gilbert

      I would like to read the reference e-books, but don’t have, nor want, a iBookstore account. Options?

      • Joshua Zerkel

        Clark, the ebooks are available at alternative sites, including http://www.notesatwork.com and http://www.nerdgap.com.

    • James Nunn

      Just scan and email your notes to Evernote (or snap a picture of your notes in Evernote). I’ve yet to find a better OCR tool than the one Evernote has on offer (as part of the program).

    • Michael

      I use Evernote Moleskin to write my notes during meetings, and then take photo’s straight into Evernote using the iOS app. Text recognition is excellent and smart stickers send them straight to the right notebook already tagged.

  • John Kendrick

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents relating to using EN to have more effective meetings. I have my notes tagged with the project name and this includes questions, tasks, issues and problems. When I add a note for a project if it is something I want to discuss at the next meeting, I tag it with “agenda”. Then, while preparing for a meeting, I just search for the notes tagged with the project name and “agenda”, and up comes my list for the meeting. I also search for notes that have a reminder set and are contained in the “todo” folder, which brings up all outstanding tasks for the project as I will want to cover these as well. Then a quick scan of other notes brings to mind anything else I might want to cover. With evernote I don’t really have to plan well ahead of my meetings as EN does it for me. Just thought this might give others some ideas. J

  • Eleanor pomana

    I printed from my iPad now I can’t remember how to do it. Can someone help me.

  • Dr. Brad Semp

    Hello Craige – you have raised an excellent question and one that many folks ask. The suggestions here of a smart pen, Moleskin notebook, scanning handwritten notes, etc are all good ones that I’m going to summarize “how to” in an upcoming monthly webinar entitled, “Evernote 101: How To Manage Your Handwritten Notes”. I’ll send you a reminder of the webinar if you register at http://Busyness.com/evernote – Happy New Year and I wish you a very productive 2014!

  • Jessee Nava

    One thing that’s been recently introduced that I enjoy using allowing me to go completely paperless is the new Boogie Board Sync. Being a full time student I use Evernote to every advantage I can. But the BBS has allowed me to go completely paperless which was my goal for 2014. Even with handouts from professors I can always snap a pic, but as as far as writing down lectures or doing problem sets the BBS is my best friend.