To be more productive, it’s essential to free yourself from the clutter that can invade your workspace. For many of us, that means making a commitment to organize and file business cards, letters, papers and documentation that gets in our way. Often overlooked is a distraction of a different kind: virtual clutter.
Here are some tips on how you can use Evernote to de-clutter your digital workspace:
Clear your (virtual) desk. After a busy week, your computer’s desktop can be full of documents, screenshots and spreadsheets. Not only is it a challenge to sift through this content to find what you need to work on, but it looks messy and creates a visual distraction. Think of Evernote as a handy spot to collect and share all sorts of files, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Once you’ve attached your documents in Evernote, your files are easily searchable and editable, making it easy for you to find and work on what you need.
Say bye-bye to bookmarks. If you do a lot of online research, you might be creating bookmarks for the information you’ve found or dragging website shortcuts directly to your computer’s desktop. Instead, use the Evernote Web Clipper to bypass bookmarks and create a permanent record of what you’ve found, instantly. If you’re collecting research on behalf of your team, clip websites into a Shared Business Notebook so that everyone can automatically see what you’ve captured.
Eliminate email clutter. Email can accumulate very fast, and when everything is sitting in your inbox, it’s hard to find what you need to work on next. Forward important email messages from your inbox to a Business Notebook for the project you’re working on – that way, all the elements of a project are in one place easily accessible by you and your colleagues. Any documents or attachments from an email are automatically included and searchable once in Evernote, so your team can find a specific file when it’s needed most.