I’ve been using Evernote for several years now and it’s a critical part of how I stay organized and get stuff done. Evernote is my digital filing cabinet, and I use it to keep track of everything. Stuff like:
- Ideas for blog posts, articles or resources
- Inspiration emails, graphics or templates
- Bills, contracts, and important papers
- Stuff my kids make at school that I don’t want to keep but I don’t want to throw away
- Recipes for the Big Green Egg
Maybe you’ve heard about Evernote and you’re interested in using it. Maybe you’ve got an account but you don’t really see the value. Well, let me share with you seven simple steps to start using Evernote.
- Sign up for a free account. Just head to Evernote.com or download the app from your mobile device.
- Speaking of the app, make sure you download the app. Even if you use from your computer, you can access everything on your mobile device.
- Get your unique email address. One of the easiest ways to get something intoEvernote is to forward it to your unique Evernote email address. Sometimes, I get a great promotional email I want to use in my business. I just forward it to Evernote and will later move it into a Swipe File
- Create a folder called !inbox and set it as default folder. Whenever you create a new note, you’ll create it here. So I use a folder called !Inbox (the ! keeps it at the top) to serve as my collection point.
- Create four or five common folders to hold stuff. Just like an old school filing cabinet, you can save notes in different folders. So create one for work, personal, taxes, or key projects. You don’t need folders for everything, because the search feature is powerful, but a few key ones will definitely help.
- Learn the keyboard shortcut or install the web clipper extension. You can send pictures or text to Evernote with just a couple clicks of the keyboard. Learn these shortcuts.
- Start sending things to Evernote. Email, cut and paste or start typing. I also got a Doxie scanner and it scans papers directly into Evernote. The more you use Evernote, the more powerful it becomes.
Bonus: Download Brett Kelly’s ebook. Hands down, it’s the best way to learn how to use Evernote. And once you make this powerful tool a part of your workflow, you’ll wonder how you ever kept track of anything before.