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6 Ways Lifestyle Blogger and Working Mother Aimee Giese of Greeblemonkey Uses Evernote

Posted by Aimee Giese on 17 May 2011

Posted by Aimee Giese on 17 May 2011

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Name: Aimee Giese
Profession: Entrepreneur, graphic designer, web developer,
lifestyle blogger
Location: Denver, Colorado
Website http://www.greeblemonkey.com /
Twitter: @greeblemonkey

Bio

Aimee Giese is a business owner, graphic designer, web developer, photographer and lifestyle blogger behind the site Greeblemonkey. She co-founded a health education research and web development firm in Denver, Colorado called Klein Buendel. As a writer, Aimee contributes to Denver Post’s Parenting blog, Mile High Mamas, is an editor for Kirtsy, a recommendation site for women, and occasionally blogs for The Music Mamas. She is launching a new media company combining her love for graphic design, web development, social media and photography.

Evernote, Everywhere

I Use Evernote For…

I love technology, but I’m slow to change. A number of people had recommended that I try Evernote but I held off for a while. Once I realized that I could do everything—from taking text notes to scanning documents, recording voice notes to taking photos—and have it be available and searchable on any device, I was hooked. Evernote has been a lifesaver for me both professionally and personally. Here are some of the ways that I use it:

Above: save guides, manuals and useful PDFs

  1. I use Evernote for work.
    I take notes, record memos and snippets of conversation using voice notes, and organize all of my projects in Evernote. The other day, I had a work lunch meeting and I captured lots of ideas and tactical plans in Evernote.
  2. I use Evernote to organize my family life.
    I’m a working mom, so being organized is key to making sure everything that needs to get done, gets done. Every Saturday, my family and I go out to breakfast. I pull up Evernote on my iPhone and talk through everything my husband and I need to get done over the course of the week. I label the note ‘Saturday’ and refer back to it to make sure I’m on track with all of my to-dos. These are the notebooks I have in my account: my blog, insurance, work, and family—I keep track of all of my son’s summer camp information in Evernote.
  3. I use Evernote for my hobbies.
    I’m a photographer and was recently enrolled in a photography class which provided students with a password-protected website full of tips and tricks. Instead of having to log into the website with my password every time I wanted to refer back to a tip, I dropped it into my Evernote account so I had it with me no matter where I went. I never had to interact with a tedious login process. I also do pottery and when I’m at a store and see something I want to try to make, I take a picture of it and throw it into my Pottery notebook. I subscribe to design company newsletters which I email to my Evernote account for future reference as well.
  4. I use Evernote to capture inspiration.
    I keep a list of ideas for articles and blog posts in Evernote. I contribute to a variety of publications in addition to my own, so it’s important for me to come up with fresh, interesting content. If I’m out and about and have an idea for a blog post but no time to work on it,  I just dictate a voice note to myself and pull it up later when I’m at my desk.
  5. I use Evernote for my health.
    When I was in Austin for SXSW, I had to unexpectedly go to the hospital. Doctors were throwing information at me left and right and I knew I would never be able to remember it. On top of that, I had lost my insurance card. Evernote came to the rescue. My husband scanned my insurance card and emailed it to my Evernote account. To remember everything that the doctors were telling me, I started taking pictures of my paperwork and medication instructions. Now, I show doctors my phone whenever I need to pull up insurance information or medical records. Doctors can forget things, but I know that all of my records are stored in Evernote.
  6. I use Evernote to remember people.
    I attend and speak at a lot of conferences and it’s often hard to remember everyone I meet. I take photos of all of the business cards that I receive and put them in Evernote for reference. I make notes about followup action items.

It’s pretty amazing to have one tool that keeps all of these facets of my life in one place, and makes them all super searchable and accessible. Plus, with the new Snippet View, I’m able to just launch Evernote and quickly scroll through to find what I’m looking for visually.

My Evernote A-Ha! Moment: Download the Desktop App!

Downloading the desktop app was what really made me realize how powerful Evernote was. Coupled with having Evernote on my iPhone, it just hit me —I could capture virtually anything (text, speech, photos), do it all from one place and have it all available to me anywhere. When I’m writing, the desktop app is definitely my go-to. I am able to clean things up (like tags) and see my notes on a big screen. I like to keep everything organized in my notebooks and rely on tagging. I do a lot of this on my desktop.

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  • Bruce

    Very good article! I have the App on my Mac, Droid, and iPad, but have never gotten in the habit of using it. Will give it another try, now. Thanks!

  • dave

    “On top of that, I had lost my insurance card. Evernote came to the rescue. My husband scanned my insurance card and emailed it to my Evernote account.”

    Or he could have just emailed you your insurance card. It’s amazing what people give credit to evernote for when they could have done it just as easily in other ways. But hey, if you only want to use evernote, good job.

    • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

      Yes, that is definitely true. But the point was since I had a serious condition in my ear, and after my hospital stay, I was being sent all over the place to various specialists and for a bunch of tests and scans. If you have an iPhone, you know how hard it is sometimes to search back through email to find something. That’s why I stored it in Evernote so I could get to it right away till my new card came in.

  • Mike

    Great post and tips. I already use Evernote but you’ve given more great ideas on how to use it.

  • Gordon

    How do you use Evernote for a to do list without any reminders? I love Evernote but I use separate to do list software for the reminders.

    • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

      That is one thing I mentioned to them, that I would love a more solidified way of doing to-dos inside Evernote rather than 3rd party. :)

  • John

    Dave,
    You’re quite right that he could just have e-mailed her insurance details but we all know that in time e-mails get deleted, either on purpose or by accident, but things tend not to get deleted from databases so easily.
    In that respect Evernote is better because you will always have access to the info you require whether on a phone, the web or desktop app.
    There are other things like Evernote around that do basically the same thing and as people increasingly want or need access to onfo that is personal to them more and more then software like Evernote is going to go from strength to strength.
    Gordon,
    To my mind you don’t need reminders for a to do list as it’s only a list of things you would like to do at some time. You only need reminders for tasks that need to be done by a specific time and date. I’m sure however that in the fullness of time Evernote with add some sort of alarm system.
    They are very good at listening to users and if enough people request something then tend to implement that request.
    They do frequent updates which would tend to bear that theory out.

  • Shane Phillips

    I love using evernote too and i especially like the desktop app for my mac because a lot of times i take a pic of a receipt and i need to fix the pic so i can do that in preview on the mac and it makes the changes in evernote

  • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

    And by the way y’all – usually a working mother is a she. Just sayin.

  • Shawn W

    Great post! I do feel there are some features that are missing but overall Evernote is such a clean and easy to use app I find myself using it constantly.

    A newer competitor is out called springpad. I gave that a whirl and quickly trashed it. I am trying to simply store and organise my thoughts. Springpad does it, and well, but with several extra clicks. I want to get in and get out, not spend 5 min picking what category and type of note it will be. Sheesh.

    Get some true calendar integration and a better to-do and Evernote would solve all of my needs.

    Shawn

  • Hollie

    Hi! I’m a working mom myself. You’re article proved to be very helpful to me. Thanks. (^_^)

  • Blue Island Girl

    Someone tweeted about Evernote a couple of months back. I was really impressed by it’s capabilities. My hubby,the tech savvy guy that he is was also impressed. He helped me get started and now I too use Evernote for my work , home , and for my blog. It helps me organize, keep track,remember everything. Love it!

  • Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

    Oops. My bad, they were using he in reference to my husband!

  • adnoh

    I don’t like to save my notes and my informations in the “cloud”…

  • Ann Landau

    Enjoyed your blog post. It stimulates me to work with the voice note feature more. Since it doesn’t have to be transcribed it should be pretty useful.
    I find as a Senior that I collect a lot of papers I think I should keep, but I’m not sure. So I have an Evernote marathon like I did today. I title the note the same as the title of the document (Medicare produces paper like it is a factory! They mean well, but…)
    Scanning to Evernote puts my mind at rest. Yes, I know a Cloud presents a risk, but getting lost in my file cabinet or desk pile is worse I think. There are so many hemi-demi-semi-important papers that this Evernote is great. Especially because with tags and titles I can Actually Find the Note!

  • eav

    My 11 year old son sliced his thumb opened with a pocket knife while on a fishing trip with his dad. I got the call from urgent care in Sonora asking for the date of my son’s most recent tetanus shot. I was away from home at the time, but emailed the pdf of his most recent immunization record via my iphone Evernote app. Shot averted. I have all my kids immunization records on Evernote. I’m a HUGE fan!

  • Kenzi

    I would be interested in contributing to your womans site, even as a intern. @kenzsophia

  • Vanessa Monaghan

    These are some great ideas. I use Evernote myself but hadn’t thought to use it in many of these ways :)