Many of us wish that we were more organized. With so much going on in life, from appointments to kids’ activities to grocery shopping, it can be hard to stay on top of things.
This is where technology can be your friend. With the right technology tools, you can keep track of everything in your life. One of the best apps for productivity, task management, and organization is Evernote.
Here are some ideas of how to use Evernote to organize your life.
Organize Important Documents
Need to keep receipts for tax purposes? Want to keep track of insurance phone numbers and policy information? Use Evernote to keep everything in order. Snap pictures of your tax receipts, and get rid of the shoebox for good. You can easily tag and organize all the images so they are easy to find later.
This can also work for insurance policy information. Snap a picture of your insurance card, or a picture of the customer service number on the back of a credit card. That way, you can find the information you need when it’s required. Just make sure that you don’t keep account numbers and passwords in there, since you don’t want someone else to have that info if your phone is stolen.
Also, remember that some documents, like title deeds, should be kept in a safe place. You might have a picture of it, but you’ll need the original as well.
When discussing how to use Evernote, you can’t forget about the to-do lists. You can create different lists, and share them with others. So, you can create a shared list with your life partner, and the two of you can add items, and cross them off.
This also works well for grocery shopping. You can create a list that you can share with your significant other. Add in pictures of available coupon bar codes and sales flyer information, and you can augment your shopping list with information that can help you get the best bang for your food shopping buck.
Other to-do lists include “honey-do” lists and gift shopping lists. This can be a great feature, since you can share lists with grandparents and others and coordinate shopping for your kids, or you can share a list with your kids so they can decide what to get for the other parent. It’s a great way to stay organized, be more productive, and find what you’re looking for.
You can also set up reminders using Evernote. Learn how to use Evernote reminders, and you can be alerted (in advance) of upcoming appointments and activities. Get an alert to remind you to attend a recital or pick up the dry cleaning. Whatever you are trying to accomplish, Evernote can remind you.
Integrate your reminders with your to-do lists, and you’ve got a great task management app integrated with your phone. Plus, the way Evernote allows you to seamlessly add images and audio to your lists means that you can augment your reminders and task lists with helpful notes and observations.
Organize Your Thoughts
Don’t forget that you can use Evernote to organize your thoughts. When you have an idea, you can use the audio, keeping your hands free, or you can snap a picture and add a written or audio note. Evernote is also great for gathering and organizing research, and making notes about books you are reading, or for jotting down other thoughts and bits of information you want to keep.
Because you can tag your entries, it’s easy to search for them later. Making everything searchable saves you time — and helps you maintain your sanity.
How to Use Evernote for Your Career
There are also some ways to use Evernote to stay on top of your career. Use Evernote to snap pictures of business cards, and then make audio notes about the contact, so you can remember where you met and what you talked about. You can even create a reminder to connect so that you don’t forget to follow up. Even better, Evernote is now connected to LinkedIn, so a business card can mean access to a new contact’s professional profile. This really makes it easy to manage.
Evernote is also great when it comes to collaboration. You can share ideas, documents, and other items using Evernote. That way, you can keep everything for various projects organized, and even collaborate with people in remote areas. It’s a great way to stay on top of career collaborations.
You can even use Evernote in your job search. Keep notes about different jobs you are applying for, and make notes about interviews and appointments.
Evernote is versatile, and it can easily be the new planner. No matter what you need to do to organize yourself, Evernote can probably help.