Organizing Your Digital Life with Evernote

We live in an amazing time. Most of us carry in our pockets every day a wealth of information the likes of which no generation before ours could even begin to imagine. Yet, with all the information to which we are exposed on a daily basis, it can be quite overwhelming trying to keep it all organized.

One of the major issues with this information overload is knowing what to keep and what to discard. The good news is that there is a way to manage ALL of it while the “stay” or “go” aspect of the information is sussed out. That way can be found through the proper use of Evernote.

Even if you aren’t familiar with how it works, it’s a good bet you’ve at least heard of Evernote at some point in the past year or so. The reason for that is simple: there is no tool out there that is better for organizing information and – better still – giving you a way to retain it without having to remember it.

How Evernote Works

Evernote allows you to take large amounts of information and not only retain it, but organize it into logical groups. What makes it even more appealing is that, at basic level, Evernote is free. There are, however, premium upgrades that make it even better and more powerful.

If you’ve ever found your desk or computer monitor overrun with post-it notes, think how much easier it  would be if you had an app that would store the information digitally and access it just as easily. That’s Evernote. In fact, it’s even easier.

How many times have you found yourself ferreting through a seas of post-it notes or bits of scrap paper trying to find a phone number or a password or the name of the client you’re meeting at 10:30? Evernote solves that problem by storing the information in a way that, even if you can’t for all that is decent remember that client’s name, allows you to find the note and retrieve the information.

The less you have to remember the more easy it becomes to stay organized. Many users have referred to Evernote as their “second brain” and there’s good reason for this. Evernote allows your brain to focus on the important details and keeps the smaller ones at your fingertips to be recalled when needed.

Organizing Evernote for Beginners

Here are three quick tips for getting started and getting organized.

  1. Go easy on the notebooks. Having too many notebooks is the same as having too many post-it notes. They can become counter-productive. That said, Evernote searches are not limited to specific notebooks so you can still find everything when you need it.
  1. Use Tags Wisely. Evernote tags are like manilla folders. When you click on an Evernote tag, everything you’ve dropped into that folder appears. Use the tag feature liberally. You can search by them and they can represent ANYTHING including people, topics, dates, years… the possibilities are endless. For your more important notes,
  1. Use the tag “++” without the quotes. You can even drag it to the sidebar to quickly access the things that are most important.

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