It is hard to find a good note taking application. Finding one that works in a way that you like and meets your needs is not an easy task.
Sure, there are people that would rather hand write their notes in a paper notebook, but this is the tech age and always having the ability to take notes whether you have a notebook or a pen handy is always nice to have. For students a good note taking app is almost essential in todays college world to stay organized.
What is Evernote
Evernote is a wonderful note taking app that is great at helping you stay organized and on the right track. It has been around for years and there is a free version and a paid version. What’s nice about Evernote is that you can use it on multiple platforms. You can access Evernote on almost every device including, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and online.
If you pay for the premium version, you can also sync between these different devices and have more storage for your notes. The free version gives you 60MB of storage for your notes which should be enough space, but if not, you can upgrade to the Plus Plan for a $25 annual fee.
Evernote helps get you organized with Notebooks and Notes. You make a Notebook for whatever topic you want and then take all of your notes for that topic in that Notebook. Here are some more very useful features that Evernote provides for its users.
- You can share Notes and entire Notebooks with people you work with, people that are in your class, or with other family members
- You can take pictures and attach them to your Notes right in the app
- You can attach voice memos or audio clips directly to your notes
- You can attach files to your notes
- The app allows you to scan text in a photo via Optical Character Recognition technology
- You can set reminders to help keep you on track and remind you to work on tasks in the app
- You can create To-Do Lists with interactive check boxes
- Cross platform syncing (limited use in free version)
This is an in-depth way to make yourself more efficient and better your life by using Evernote, not necessarily a guide on how to use the basic features. These are ways to use the features rather than a tutorial of the app.
Using Evernote to Track the Time You Spend on Tasks
A solid and well backed idea to being successful is good time management, but it’s hard to manage your time if you don’t know how long you spend doing different tasks. A good way to help you focus your time better is to record how you spend your time every day and write down what you did and how long you were doing it.
Track everything you do in the day, all the way down to how much time you spent on social media, watching videos or TV, time working, eating, etc. If you do this for a week or so, you will have a pretty solid idea of how you spend your time and how much time you actually waste in a day. When you write it down you can visualize better how you can trim somethings out of your life to allow more time on productive tasks.
How to Use Evernote to Help Communicate with Family
You can use Evernote to send and receive things like little love notes between you and your significant other. It’s a little more romantic than a text message. You can also use this app for grocery lists and one or both of you can mark off the items as you get them so you don’t forget anything or buy an extra gallon of milk that will go to waste.
You could also use this app to make an itinerary for your family outing or vacation. When you do this, everyone can see the list of things you will be doing and be able to pack and dress accordingly. This is also a good place to keep any information that you might need on your trip like flight numbers, hotel reservations, car rental confirmations, or even places to go see or eat that a friend might have told you about.
This is a good place for you wives out there to put your Honey-Do List. You and your husband can put tasks in this To-Do List and check them off as you get them completed. You husbands out there could use this to make sure you don’t forget to take the trash out on trash day.
Journaling with Evernote
You can use Evernote to create a digital journal. You can create a Notebook for journaling and a New Note for every journal entry or for each day. you can even create a Journaling Template to help with organizing the journal entries a little better.
Book Notes and Evernote
Evernote is a great way to take down notes when reading books for your book club discussions or just to look back at after reading. A cool feature that Evernote has is the ability to take the Highlighted passages and notes from the books you read on your Amazon Kindle and copy and pasting them into a Note in your Evernote Notebooks.
This tool is called Web Clipper. That can really help with organizing all of your reading notes into one location with labels and dates if you like. This is good for keeping all of your research notes together for a paper for school and keeps you from having to re-type your long quotes or passages again in a different application or program.
How You can Use Evernote for Work
You and your colleagues can use Evernote to bridge the gap in distance. If you and the people on your team at work are working from two different locations, Evernote can be used as a digital chalkboard where everyone can write their ideas or share documents and files with ease. This is a free way of doing what a lot of programs or apps will charge you to do. You just have to use a shared Notebook and everyone can see what you write and vice versa.
Another way the Evernote could help you at work is by limiting your distractions. You are probably wondering how it can do that. Well, it can’t do it for you, but you can use it to make a Distraction To-Do List. That is a list of all the things during your workday that you want to do instead of work that pop into your head at random times throughout the day. For example, what was the name of that one guy who played in that one movie?
Instead of looking that up right then and there you can write it in your Distraction To-Do List and do all the things in that list after you are done working or during a regular break. They say that after being distracted at work, it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back to being productive. That’s a lot more time than you would think. After all, you only looked up one guy, right?
Using Evernote to Track and Set Goals
A wise man once said, “A Goal without a Plan is just a Dream.” The best way to make sure you meet your goals is to write them down and set out steps for yourself to reach those goals. Writing down your goals make them real and can keep you on track to meeting them by reminding you everyday of what the big picture is.
Overall, Evernote can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance and better your everyday life.