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6 Baby Steps to Get Started with Evernote — Guest Post by Alicia Rockmore

Posted by Alicia Rockmore on 01 Jun 2010

Posted by Alicia Rockmore on 01 Jun 2010

Name: Alicia Rockmore
Blog: Buttoned Up
Twitter: @getbuttonedup

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Alicia Rockmore is one of the co-founders of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company whose mission is to give women the tools they need to live an organized life not a life of organization. Alicia is also co-author of Everything (almost) In Its Place a book to teach you how to control chaos, control clutter and get organized.

I’m not sure if you are like me, but I have found that over the years, starting and keeping up with new habits has become more and more difficult. Be it lifting weights, reading more good books or trying out new ways to get organized, I need a bit of a push to try something in a small way, see that it works and then (and only then) can I jump in! Sound familiar? So come with me and we’ll take some baby steps with Evernote.

What is Evernote?

In my words, Evernote is a free tool (on your computer, iPhoneiPad, etc.) that can help you save time and/or money by getting you easily ‘Buttoned Up.’ My uses of Evernote can be broken down into three actions.

  1. Capture things
  2. Organize them
  3. Easily find them when you need to

I have found that the more I use Evernote, the more ways I find to easily incorporate it into my life. I took one baby step, then another, then another, and so on…. Here is my challenge for you: try one or two of the suggestions I have below on how to get started using it. I promise you that if you give it a try, you will want more and more.

My List of Evernote Baby Steps (in no particular order)

  1. Keep track of your kids schedule and school stuff – Take a photo or scan in their information and Evernote will make it searchable. Next time you need to find the baseball schedule, you can easily pull it up on your phone or computer. You can use separate notebooks for each kid to make it even easier.
  2. Make a list of all of your household contacts – I have one that includes our handyman, our painter, the washer repairman, the exterminator, etc. Once you have this list made, you won’t need to worry about remembering the heater repairman’s name, just search for the word heater and find it in a second.
  3. Keep a standard grocery list handy – I have a standard grocery list of the things I need most weeks (e.g. milk, yogurt, oranges). I pull it up each time I shop and it is a handy reminder so I don’t forget anything. Note: this is one of my most frequent uses for Evernote
  4. Remember things you often forget – Snap a picture and store it in Evernote. It might be where you parked your car, your hotel room number or, if you are like me, a picture of what two buttons I need to push on our complicated TV to make it work. Tag it and then find it when you need to with ease.
  5. Organize recipes with Evernote – Very easy to do and helpful for shopping, searching, etc… A great resource for how to do this is the following post: Organize recipes with Evernote.
  6. Store information you want to be able to easily find – I scan in (or take pictures) of those paper things I want to be able to find easily. A couple of examples are paper invitations and my husband’s travel schedule. Evernote makes them handy and so easy to find on my iPhone.

So those are my baby steps. I started with these things and just keep finding ways to use Evernote to get me organized. Last week, I used it to keep track of my expenses and receipts on a trip. Who knows what will come next. Give it a try. You will see that it is easy (not at all a chore) and it will help you successfully get sanely organized. Let me know how it goes and other baby step ideas you have for me!

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  • Todd Eddy

    Easiest baby step: Just try it. Try taking a picture of a business card and be amazed when it reads the text in it. Instead of jotting down a note on a scrap of paper or post it note, put it in evernote. The important (to me at least) thing to remember is your data can be backed up locally so you don’t have to rely that evernote stays around (although I don’t see any indication they’re going away anytime soon).

  • joetaxpayer

    Baby steps are great, this is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the features of Evernote.

    When I go to Costco and see things that I don’t know the supermarket price offhand, I snap a pic with the Evernote App on my Blackberry, it syncs right up, and next supermarket visit, I know where the better deal is. Sometime supermarket sale/coupon deal wins, sometimes Costco.

    All objections of how difficult it is to move docs to iPad go away with Evernote. PDFs look great and can be searched. And I can store the docs on the iPad so when using 3G I save the bandwidth of large file transfers. Sync on WiFi, then head out. Evernote is one of the very few “killer apps” on the iPad. Just beautiful.

  • D Walker

    Would it work for bills? Mine either get stacked up on a desk (those that still send paper) or lost in my email inbox. Seems like a routine of immediately transferring to Evernote would be easy and quite efficient.

  • Jaymelyn

    it was really an easy baby step. Try taking a picture of a place and be amazed you can add text in it. Instead of jotting down a note on a scrap of paper or post it note, put it in evernote. The important thing to remember is your data can be back up to evernote. I can put in their the schedules and other important task i need to be done and it was really searchable that other can do it.

  • usabilitygene

    Where should this link go in your article:

    It says it doesn’t exist.

  • CharlesT

    D Walker – Yep! Scanning bills into Evernote works great; I use Evernote to keep receipts for expenses of all kinds. Since you can search by words, images, and words within pictures, it makes a great way to get rid of that pile of paper on your desk and makes it easier to find what you need when you need to find it.

  • Lance

    It’s like having 2 brains.