I was probably late to the game on Evernote, and I thought EVERYONE else out there knew about it, but I’ve been told that’s just not the case.
Or at least, not how to use it for your blogging and business purposes.
Here’s a list of some of the things I use Evernote for:
- Money tracking spreadsheet, if you are into Denise Duffield-Thomas’ Lucky Bitch then you’ll know exactly what I mean!
- New business ideas to park and perhaps pursue later
- Blog post ideas & snippets
- Interesting articles and ideas of what to post to social media
- Business tasks that need to be communicated between Nick and I
- Newsletter planning/scheduling
- Mini project planning, e.g. tasks and ideas relevant to specific small business projects we’ve implemented like our Grow service
- Saving links/snippets of interesting posts or useful info & tools for many areas such as copy-writing, SEO, social media, etc that I want to refer back to.
There’s also a whole lot of personal things I use it for such as:
- Book lists/recommended reading
- Various personal development topics categorised so I can actually find what I want when I want it
- Things I want to buy, e.g. gorgeous stuff on Etsy, things I’d like for home, ideas for gifts
- Links to images etc for vision-boarding.
So, um, how?
- I create notebooks for the big categories, let’s take Blog Post Ideas as an example.
- The notebook is shared with Nick, so we can both edit/update it.
- Each new post idea is a note within that notebook.
- I either create a new note each time with my idea/thoughts/the start of a post I came up with in the shower, or I also clip posts I read elsewhere if I think I have something to say about that topic. You can add the Evernote Web Clipper to your browser, you do this via Chrome, Firefox, or your chosen browser.
- I add tags if relevant, so I might categorise my blog topics to make it easier to pull up a number of notes if I want to find ideas on Website Design.
- You can also set reminders on notes, make a voice recording in the note, and format notes to make them look pretty/use your branding. Then you can email them or share via social media.
- Which leads to another use – you can jot down quotes, questions, ideas, and posts to go onto your Facebook or Twitter pages, then share them.
My Favourite Things About Evernote?
- It syncs effortlessly between my laptop, my mobile, and my tablet. I jot ideas and reminders all the time when I’m out and about.
- I don’t use bookmarks in my browser for much anymore, I use Evernote Web Clipper to save them to notebooks/notes – far more organised and easier to search and find what I’m looking for.
- I can take a photo with my iPhone from the Evernote app and save it directly to the appropriate note. Great for Christmas shopping ideas!
- CATEGORISING!!! I bloody love organising stuff, I really don’t like having random info all over the place, with Evernote I can actually find the thingo that I’m looking for, when I need it.
And all that with the free version.
Give it a try and let me know what you think, or if you’ve got a groovy use that I haven’t mentioned, please share!