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How I Use Evernote to Organize Everything


Screenshot of Evernote

Since I wrote about Evernote in my article on How to Shop last week, I’ve been bombarded with emails wanting to know how I use the program. I’ve been meaning to write about Evernote for a while because it’s such a great tool to organize everything in your life. If you’re a super-organized list-making Virgo like me or if you’d just like to be more organized in general, you’ll love it.

What is Evernote?

First, a quick overview. Evernote is a computer program that helps you get organized and remember everything. Here’s a short description from the Evernote website:

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Did we mention that it’s free?

Basically, you can save anything to this program and access it from your computer, from the web, or even your phone! It allows you to keep track of whatever you want and find it again whenever you want. It’s a super organizational tool and there are millions of ways to use it.

How I Use Evernote

Here’s a list of the many ways I use the program to organize my life.

* Fashion Inspiration

Fashion inspiration in Evernote
Givenchy – from my Fashion Inspiraton notebook

Probably one of the most important ways I use Evernote is to keep track of my fashion inspiration. Since I’m a fashion blogger, it’s important for me to keep up with the latest trends. That’s why I use Evernote to save pictures of pieces I love, photos of runway looks I want to remember, celebrity looks that inspire me, and whatever else catches my eye. I even make lists of my favorite looks of each season complete with runway photos.

For more on using Evernote for shopping and fashion inspiration, see The Ultimate Guide to Shopping.

* Blogging

I love using Evernote for blogging because it keeps all my blog-related ideas together in one place. For example, I have a Blogging notebook where I keep a long list of blog post ideas, inspiring articles about blogging, and pictures of products I’d like to use in future blog posts. Whenever I want to save something blog-related, it goes in here.

I also have a Photos notebook where I save Creative Commons pictures from Flickr to use in future blog posts. I have tons of great photos in there, and it saves me having to scramble to find the right picture when it’s time to post an article.

* School

Evernote is also super-useful for college. If you’re the type to bookmark zillions of sources when you’re working on a project or paper, you need to start using Evernote instead. Make a notebook for your project and copy each site into its own note. That way you have all your sources in one place where you can search them all easily. Even better, you can access that notebook from anywhere, so you’ll still have all your sources if you want to use a different computer. You can even look at them from your iPhone or Blackberry.

You could also use Evernote to keep track of all your notes for class if you’re bring a laptop to lectures. A notebook for every class would save paper and make all your notes easily searchable. Perfect when you’re looking for your notes on a specific topic but can’t remember what day you discussed it!

* Decorating Ideas

Decorating inspiration
Yes, I saved a pic of Carrie Bradshaw’s apt from the SATC movie..

I just moved in to a new apartment, and I used Evernote to organize all my ideas for how I wanted to decorate. I clipped pictures from, Apartment Therapy, decor8, and other interior design websites so I could keep track of my inspiration & remember what styles I was going for. (No, I didn’t try to copy Carrie’s apartment above, but how fabulous is that place?)

I also used it to keep track of which IKEA pieces I wanted to buy and got them up on my Blackberry when I was in the store. Instant shopping list!

* Recipes

Because I’m vegan, I have to cook a lot of my own food, which means keeping track of lots of recipes. Whenever I find a good recipe online that I want to make, I clip it to Evernote and add it to my Recipes notebook. Then when I want to make something for dinner, I can find that recipe in 2 seconds.

* Gift Ideas

Instead of waiting ’til the day before a friend’s birthday to think of a gift, I keep a running list of gift ideas in Evernote. Whenever I come across something that would be perfect for a friend or family member, I add it to that person’s note and it’s saved forever. That way, it’s easy to find the perfect gift for everyone.

* Quotes

If you love to save famous quotes, Evernote is perfect for you. In my Evernote I have a Quotes notebook with lots of different sections – one for fashion-related quotes, another for love quotes, etc. Whenever I come across a new quote that I want to remember, a simple copy & paste and it’s added to my notebook.

* Important Information

Do you have so much paperwork piling up that your desk is a mess? Think about using Evernote to keep track of it instead.

One of the coolest things about the program is that it automatically recognizes words, even in pictures, so you can search them easily. If you have a scanner or even a computer with a built-in camera, you can take pictures of your paper documents and save them in Evernote. Your information will be safe, but those piles of paper won’t be messing up your desk anymore. You can also back up your personal information – things like insurance card numbers, bills you paid, and other paperwork are easy to keep track of with Evernote.

Other Evernote Ideas

You’ve seen how I use Evernote, but those are just a few of its many uses! Here are some more cool ideas for how you could use the program:

* Daily journal – Evernote would make a great daily journal. You could make a notebook and add a new note to it each day. Since it syncs to the web, you could update your journal from anywhere, without having to carry around a paper diary.

* Web design – Starting a blog or redesigning your website? Save all your design inspiration in Evernote for easy referencing from anywhere.

* Keeping track of receipts – Compulsive shopper? Keep track of everything you buy by scanning your receipts and putting them into Evernote. Fewer pieces of paper to fill up your handbag, and come tax time, you’ll be all set.

* Takeout menus – If you love takeout (and what college student doesn’t), keep all your takeout menus in Evernote instead of all over your fridge.

* List making – Love lists? Evernote has fabulous list-making features, with checkboxes you can x off when you’ve completed something, options for different fonts and colors, and lots more.

* Cute photos – Are you addicted to Save your favorite cute photos to Evernote & look at them whenever and wherever you want.

Even More Ways to Use Evernote

Not enough for you? Here are some links to ways that other people are using Evernote.

* Using Evernote to Save Your Schooling

* 7 Ways to Use Evernote

* Evernote: Why it Will Make it & 20 Awesome Ways to Use It

* How To Use Evernote To Remember Everything

What do you think?

Now that you know all about Evernote, do you think it’s a program you’d use? Do you currently use Evernote? If so, how do you use it? Leave your thoughts in the comments – I’d love to know what you all think.

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37 Responses to “How I Use Evernote to Organize Everything”

  1. 1
    March 10th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Thank so much for all of this information! i’m addicted to organization, so I’ll check this out tonight!

  2. 2
    March 10th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    It didn’t work when I downloaded it because my OS isn’t leopard, but I want it so much!

  3. 3
    March 10th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Great article! I have the same problem as Kate, but will hopefully be getting Leopard soon so I will be able to use it. I’ve downloaded it onto my iPhone, though!

    P.S. Virgos aren’t the only compulsive list-makers. I’m a Leo and I make lists for *everything*!

    P.P.S. I didn’t know you were vegan! I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I should definitely use Evernote to keep track of my fave recipes!

  4. 4
    March 10th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    This is a very helpful post, and your blog in general is awesome. I enjoy it very much!

    Just one thing, though–the possessive is “its”, not “it’s”. I know it’s a minor grammatical error, but it is rather annoying to read because I always do a double-take when I see it incorrectly used, and also, judging from the quality of your website and blog posts, I’m sure you would rather not have the same grammatical mistake appearing in every post.

    Again, great site! Keep up the good work! =)

  5. 5
    March 10th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    MAJOR props for this post & for in general!! I love your blog and this post is sooooooo useful!! I’ve been using Evernote for a while now, but restricted the use mainly for study purposes. But your tips opened a whole new world for me.. thank you so much!!

  6. 6
    March 10th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I just downloaded it….still trying to figure it out!

  7. 7
    March 10th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I downloaded Evernote when you referenced it in your last post and I have to say I’ve been positively addicted to this app! :) It does wonders–it’s like google in one!

    Needless to say, I’m so glad you made this post. I’m crossing my fingers that this has a positive impact on my GPA. :)

  8. 8
    March 11th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    oh yay, I love Evernote so much! I use it for everything. I also have a ‘read often’ tag that I put on any articles that inspire me to get my butt out of my chair and do some work! so if I’m feeling bored & uninspired then I go through my ‘read often’ tagged stuff!

  9. 9
    March 11th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I have been using evernote for a couple months & absolutely LOVE it. I had so many net articles bookmarked & its so nice to just save them in evernote. I never thought to organize things in different sections tho. THANKS for the advice!

  10. 10
    March 11th, 2009 at 3:29 am

    What a great article! You make me want to use Evernote too but I’m just too lazy to organize everything into sections. I am a messy person but, I am able to find my things, somehow. Keep the interesting posts coming!


  11. 11
    March 11th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Yay for vegans! Though I’m horrible at cooking in general (especially with no kitchen in a college dorm) …you wouldn’t by chance have any sites for easy vegan recipes would you?

    Evernote looks really neat though, I really think I might have to download it and try it out!

  12. 12
    March 11th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Microsoft Office 2007 has a program called “OneNote” that looks very similar to Evernote. I basically use it for the same purposes as you use Evernote.

    I really enjoy the blog, keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to more :-)


  13. 13
    March 11th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Kate & Leia – Arg, that’s so annoying that it doesn’t work without Leopard! My boyfriend has an older Macbook and couldn’t download it either. Lame… they should make a version that will work on older Mac’s too!

    Cindy – Haha, I write really fast so I’m sure there are occasional grammatical errors in many of my posts. I fixed the 2 occurrences of that error in this post though. Sorry if it annoys you – I’ll try to proofread a little more carefully next time.

    Yin – Yaaay, glad it could help!

    Jasmine – Yeah, there’s definitely a bit of a learning curve there. But it gets easier once you get used to the program. Don’t give up!

    Stacy – It might help your GPA.. unless you spend all your time looking at fashion photos like I do, haha.

    Ali-bell – Ah, I love that idea! Might have to start doing that too!

    Stephanie – No prob – yeah, different sections are the way to go.

    Denise – Will do :)

    Ally – Hmm, I love Some of the recipes do require a kitchen but if you’re willing to search through, I’m sure there are plenty that don’t require a kitchen. Living in a dorm is annoying, though. I pretty much stuck to processed vegan food when I lived in one – here’s a list of traditional processed food that’s “accidentally vegan”:

    Caroline – Ah, yeah, I’ve heard of OneNote. I have a Mac, though, so Evernote is the way to go for me!

  14. 14
    March 11th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I got one the minute you mentioned it in the first blog. And i love it so far!

  15. 15
    March 11th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I do this everytime I shop…I bookmark products on my laptop. Compare and contrast outfits and then decide on wht to buy…

    I am looking out for a corduroy jacket, the blazer kind tht can be own over a dress.. I am not able to find one in my size S!!!

  16. 16
    March 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Evernote. As someone who religiously reads blogs, it helps me save all my favorite posts (from different blogs) in the same place.

    Great post! I absolutely love your blog, too!

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    March 13th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading this site for a couple of months now, but I’ve never commented. I just wanted to say that I downloaded Evernote a few days ago when you posted this, and I love it!

    So I just wanted to say thank you for this article and the suggestion. I love this site!

  18. 18
    March 14th, 2009 at 4:38 am

    hii , i just dled evernote, and is it free? and does it work off-line? it has a monthly usage amount.
    i’m kinda confused becausse my ever note program doesn’t look like in your pictures or in the youtube tutorial thing lol t_t
    thanks in advance & thnks for sharing it w/us!

  19. 19
    March 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for these tips about using Evernote! I just downloaded it last week, and your advice has really helped me understand the site much more. It’s definitely useful, and I’m glad that you brought that up here. :]

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    March 18th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    piggy – Yes, Evernote is free – there’s a rate limit per month but to be honest I’ve never even come close to hitting it. You have to be a serious user and save a LOT of images & PDF’s to hit the rate limit. And it does work offline. And as for the program looking different, do you have a PC? I use Evernote on my Macbook Pro, and that’s how it looks. I think the program probably looks a little different on PC’s..

  21. 21
    May 29th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I read this post months ago but just downloaded EverNote. I love it already! I’m looking for shoes to wear for graduation, so I saved a few. The button you can click on your toolbar is my favorite tool ever. Thanks for educating us about this awesome program!

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    June 25th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey i was wondering if u knew an easy way to transfer your photos from evernote to a blogger blog. Since pics arent saved in jpg format in evernote and cant be exported in that format, how do u get pictures from evernote to be uploaded unto a blog?

  23. 23
    August 18th, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I think if this was mixed with InkSeine, it would be the ants pants!

  24. 24
    September 9th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    this is a miracle…… im downloading it asap! thanks for the info!

  25. 25
    September 26th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Ok, maybe I am a little slow…Haha! But I downloaded the Evernote app and now I can’t figure out how to use it…I don’t even see a tutorial on there….can anyone direct me somewhere to learn how to do this? Thanks!

  26. 26
    December 10th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    this sounds amazing, i’m definitley a listmaker. and i really want to try this out when i have time! thanks for the tip zephyr!

  27. 27
    February 17th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I found this program on my new laptop and because I remembered this article I looked at it and I loved it ! I love organizing everything very much especialy for school so I think its great for me ! zephyr you also gave me great ideas about using it thank you =)

  28. 28
    May 13th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    how do i download this software

  29. 29
    August 16th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    thank you so much for this post! this is my new favorite program. I am a graphic designer and my inspiration folder is huge. this has allowed me to organize it into categories so i can actually flip through with ease. I also have started a section for outfit inspiration (something i have always wanted to do and never known how to organize properly).

  30. 30
    September 30th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I find Evernote really useful for keeping the desk top clear, but have still not cracked the most useful tricks for organising contacts.

  31. 31
    October 5th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I know this is an old post, but I am having so much fun with Evernote because of it! I just tried it out today to start compiling fashion inspirations, because I’m trying to figure out my “look”. It’s amazing how just looking at the thumbnails in my notebook gives me instant insight into the types of clothes I really like!

  32. 32
    October 21st, 2010 at 8:41 am

    HOW DO YOU USE IT? I love the ways to use it but how do you make it work?
    Step by step. How do you do it? It does not work. I have it on IPHONE but dont use it because I cannot make it work.

  33. 33
    January 17th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I think that this tool is very useful and so is Rainlendar. I was wondering if you could do a post about organizational software tools for college students. I think they are both very useful but are separate software so it is hard to keep track of everything. Finding one that combines a to-do list, organizing notes, etc…. would be very useful to college students. It’s only a suggestions

  34. 34
    April 13th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Holy cow… found this post linked from another post two days ago, and it has already changed my life. Thank you!

  35. 35
    April 20th, 2011 at 3:59 am

    hey, you may be interested to know that evernote may be downloadable on your phone, i know it is on android. Anything you write/photograph on one automatically syncs to the other, which is awesome! x

  36. 36
    November 18th, 2012 at 12:58 am

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    and eаrlier teсhnologіes, it’s amazing article.

  37. 37
    July 20th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I’m lucky that I found this web blog, just the right information that I was searching for!

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