19 Free Ways to Fire Up Your Productivity– Evernote

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How to improve your productivity with Evernote

Increase Productivity 19 Ways With Evernote

Do you have plenty of clutter with no time to do spring cleaning?

Evernote is an app that will declutter your life.

The app, called one of the 50 most indispensable apps by Lifehacker, an online publication, organizes your life for you.  No spring cleaning is required.

Any idea why the Evernote app uses the elephant as its symbol?

Elephants never forget.  You won’t forget anything important ever again either with the Evernote app.

Evernote will help you remember everything you need for your life in and out of the Blogosphere.

Bankrupt almost a few short years ago, today Evernote is one of the most successful companies on Earth.

I never thought I’d use the app, and then I became a true believer.  I love my Apple iPhone. It came with a memo pad I kept all my thoughts on I didn’t want to forget.

Then I read that blogging influencer Ryan Biddulph uses Evernote, and I was hooked!  He explained when he walked his dog he would think of notes for his blog and record them.  You can hold the leash with one hand, and talk into the mic.  Of course, I can do that with my memos too, but Evernote has a whole host of features to help people who want to keep their ideas organized.  Certainly, bloggers can benefit.

It’s not just one blogger that finds the app appealing.  According to Successful Blogging, Evernote is one of the 50 tools
 bloggers can’t afford to be without.

Value of Evernote

Evernote has value for everyone who wants to be more productive including bloggers, writers, and people working in and out of the home.

People who work outside the home are busy with their professional and personal lives.  However, bloggers are busy in the Blogosphere as well.  How can we juggle so much on our plates?  Evernote is that answer.  It’s our memory and our to-do-list rolled into one.

One of the best parts is that Evernote expedites blogging.  By the time I sit down to write a new blog post, the notes for the post are already written in the app.

Also, you are not relegated to using your phone or Ipad.  You can download the app for the desktop.  The platforms are interchangeable.


Evernote has many uses:

1. Evernote creates notes and notebooks.

You can categorize your notes on any number of sublists.

2. Evernote collects images.

Have a photo idea for a possible blog post?  Snap the picture and put it with the note.

3. Evernote creates checklists.

This could be anything from errands you need to run to tasks you need to complete for your next post.

4. Evernote saves articles to use as a reference for your blog from the Internet.

Get a browser extension called Web Clipper to do this.  However, I never got the extension.  I copy-paste the link.

5. Evernote cross-references.

If you forgot what you called a note, you can search for it in other ways besides the title. Evernote is a virtual file cabinet.  In a real file cabinet, you need to remember where or how you filed a note.  Evernote sorts by Date Updated, Date Created, and Title.  I often can’t remember my note’s title, but I can remember when I updated it and easily find it.

You can also search by keywords if you can’t remember any of the above, but you remember the content of your note.

6. Evernote allows you to share your notes with others.

Click the Share Note button, and you can Email your note to someone.  Send your spouse or partner your shopping list or to-do list.

7. Evernote is good for the environment.

This digital notebook is paperless.

8. Evernote won’t allow you to lose your notes.

Evernote is backed up when it syncs.

9. Evernote takes you shopping.

Click “market”, and you can buy office supplies.

10. Evernote sets reminders.

If you have a to-do list of tasks, Evernote can remind you a date and time to run the errand.

11. Evernote has a chat function.

Colleagues, for example, can start typing to chat with each other.

12. Evernote organizes your receipts.

Just take a picture of them with your camera.

13. Evernote helps you plan your vacation.

If going on vacation soon, create a file and collect webpages about hotels, dining, and entertainment.

14 Evernote reads handwriting.

I’ve seen handwritten notes on people’s phones in their Evernote apps.  Apparently, there’s an app called Penultimate that allows Evernote to read handwriting.  I would just take a photo of the handwritten note and get it into my Evernote app that way.

15. Evernote enables you to add files to your notes from your desktop.

Evernote is a free download onto your computer.  Any photos or files you want in your notes can be easily added from there.

16. Evernote can protect your home.

The author of christianpf.com uses Evernote to photograph the valuables in her home.  Thus, the app contains her home inventory.

17. Evernote reminds you to do things.

It contains a reminder function that will notify you of tasks at dates and times you request.

18. Evernote works on all platforms.

Both iOS and Android users can use it.

19. Evernote offers many formatting options.

You not only get to choose how to sort your notes, but you can even choose the style of checklist you want.  Your choices are bulleted checklists, numbered checklists, or spaces for checks when your tasks are completed.

Evernote keeps #bloggers organized #productivitytips, #bloggingtips

Evernote keeps busy writers organized.


Businessman and Human Resources Head Andrew Jentes endorses the Evernote app.  He explained he has over 95 notes in his app.

My favorite feature of the app is the ability to sort by place since the app has a GPS installed that records my location.  I like this because the place helps me remember what the content was about.

Also, it replicates notes, so I have them on my phone, Ipad, and computer.

In closing, a successful blogger is an organized blogger.  Evernote is designed to keep busy people organized.  Bloggers certainly are busy people.  I say it’s a tool no blogger can afford to be without.

You don’t have to be able to afford it at all.  Although there are optional costs, Evernote’s basic plan is free to use.

You don’t have to be tech. savvy to use it either.  Evernote is user-friendly.

As can be seen, there are many practical ideas for using Evernote to be more organized and more productive.  For me, its valuable simply as a place I can record my thoughts about upcoming blog posts.

Say goodbye to the clutter of paper notes cluttering up your pockets and desks forever, and say hello to Everynote. What are you waiting for?  Go download the app.

Readers, if you think others can benefit from organizational help with Evernote, the world’s universal inbox, please share.

Which of these tips do you think you would use Evernote for?  I look forward to your views.

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  1. Janice Wald

    Thanks Joel! I just published this. Thank you for letting me know that early returns are favorable =).

  2. G. R. Hambley

    So if I interpret this correctly we are talking about a relational data base with voice functions. If you can’t remember where you were from the note then you didn’t make a real good note or really weren’t paying attention to what you were doing or just maybe had a thought that would have been immediately circular filed had you thought about it.

    While I was out yesterday I discovered a really neat function of GPS Devices here in Canada. They find nachos! Now that is an excellent piece of technology!

    Most importantly, Elephants scare Rusty.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rusty,
      See, I KNEW you were funny. I assume you are referencing the testimonial? I have never needed to look at the place to remember the content. I use the other filters like I mentioned. On another note (see, I can be funny too. Evernote, another note…) How did you get a photo of the nachos in a comment? I need to get screenshots in comments sometimes to give clarification. I didn’t think it was possible. How do you do it? I eagerly await your response =)

  3. john doe

    Evernote seems very convenient and easy to use. Thanks for the information

    • Janice Wald

      Anyone can benefit from it; not just bloggers. Anything you want to remember should be put in this digital notebook. It will even send you a reminder if you forget to look at the note. You should try it out.

  4. Elle Knowles

    Reblogged this on Finding Myself Through Writing and commented:
    Here’s a great new tool for bloggers explained in depth by Janice Wald. I say it can’t hurt to try. Every little bit of time I can squeeze out of my day to write
    by not having to dig around in my brain or my desk for notes I have made is worth trying something new. Thanks Janice. ~Elle

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you again so much for the reblog, Elle. There are new people at my site today, so thank you once again.

    • Trudy

      Elle I’m trying to follow you on stumleupon and pinterest and can’t find you! Where are you??!

      • Elle Knowles

        Search for Lindy (Elle) Knowles on pinterest. Look under knowleselle on stumbleupon. Not really sure how to search on either one! uggh Been so busy! How have you been? Got your page up on #reblog Wednesday finally! You earned that page! Here is the link. I may add a little more later. http://wp.me/P36w0d-WZ

        • Trudy

          Thanks for the page! I tried to find interesting posts and not just anything. I’m ok. I’m taking photography 101 right now, it’s going well. I’m trying to keep being consistent with posting even when I don’t have much going on, updating pinterest and trying to produce good content, lol. Are you overwhelmed with family visits yet?

          • Elle Knowles

            Overwhelmed with trying to get ready and no time to blog much. I’m so late in answering my comments and that makes me feel sooooo bad! 🙁 ~Elle

          • Trudy

            Maybe you can post a “status” post letting us know that you’ll be away for a couple of days? At least everyone will be aware because I know your followers are very sweet, they’ll get it, after all its Summer vacation time.

          • Janice Wald

            A few weeks actually. I am planning on it. My stumble upon traffic is up today. Thank you.

          • Trudy

            You as well Elle, it’s okay to take a break and just post a status update. I finally found you on Pinterest, thanks!

          • Elle Knowles


          • Elle Knowles

            😉 Are you on twitter?

  5. purpleslobinrecovery

    Thanks again, Janice for an excellent tool that I didn’t know about. And it never forgets, AND keeps me organized?? YES, please!!

  6. Janice Wald

    Hi Melinda,
    Thanks for writing. You know how much I appreciate your comments. I am happy to hear that there are people unfamiliar with Evernote who can benefit from these tips. Thanks for writing and letting me know.

    • Janice Wald

      You are welcome AWESOME Hammad. My pleasure. The app is AWESOME too. =) Thank you for visiting me this morning and leaving me your AWESOME comments. I really do appreciate them. Have a good Monday.

  7. Gail Kaufman

    Hi Janice, this sounds similar to Microsoft OneNote. Have you ever tried that and, if so, how would you compare them?

    • Janice Wald

      Dear Gail,
      Nice to meet you. Thank you for writing me.
      Interesting that you ask that today. Just last night I needed a word processor (long story), and my husband suggested Microsoft OneNote. I explained to him it was a place to keep notes and not a word processor where I could embed links etc. Other than that, I am not familiar with it. I am hooked on Evernote and now have it on my desktop since I downloaded the app. I’m sorry I can’t explain any further than that. Interesting meeting you. I would love to know how you found my blog, if you don’t mind my asking. I am always curious which of my promotion techniques are effective. Thank you.

        • Janice Wald

          =) Thank you for letting me know. I will have to let her know she was valuable in helping me expand my readers.

  8. anankhan98

    Thanks for reviewing Evernote, Janice. I actually use it already, I use it to back up the drafts of my novels. Makes them easier to access, and sometimes when I;m working on my phone, I can upload chapters from there. It’s an awesome app.

    • Janice Wald

      Wow! It is even more comprehensive than I originally thought! Thank you for writing and giving my readers more information about the power of Evernote.

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    • Trudy

      It is @tl5710 I’m trying to decide if I should change my handle, because it’s not a “business” only twitter account

      • Elle Knowles

        Make you a business only account tied to your blog – but that’s double-trouble I guess!

      • Elle Knowles

        Looks like I follow you too! Lol! Didn’t realize that was your handle. Think it’s been a while.

        • Trudy

          No problem we both follow enough people that it’s easy to get lost in the feed

  10. momseesall

    Janice! You didn’t even mention that it’s free!! So exciting to have a new app. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for mentioning this in the comments, so my readers will know. I have fun with Evernote. When I write notes on the app on the computer, and I press sync, I get a kick when I open my phone, and the note is there. So easy, and of course, as you mentioned, it’s free. Thanks for writing.

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  12. Davida Chazan

    I never could get the jist of Evernote. I like the Office program One Note much better.

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for writing. Nice to hear from you. Someone asked me about One Note. I will share your experience.

  13. mommyincolor

    I love Evernote! I’ve been using it off and on for about two years and it really does keep everything organized. My daughter is about t be out of school for the summer and I have her entire next year’s curriculum. I’m going to use Evernote to make lesson plans for her with worksheets. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging #SITSsharefest

  14. Janice Wald

    You went I are in agreement about Evernote. Some people prefer Microsoft One Note, but I love Evernote. Thank you so much for following my blog, and for your comments today. I look forward to getting to know you better

    • mommyincolor

      Thank you for your sweet comment. Please do stop by Mommy In Color at your leisure. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.See you soon!

  15. D.G.Kaye

    I love Evernote. It makes life easier. Thanks for sharing so many more ways than I’m already using it. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hey Debby,
      Thank you for the nice comments about my Evernote app review and sharing it on Twitter. I don’t think it would have occurred to me since it’s about a week old. Thanks for modelling promotion techniques even after a post has been out a while. I am leaving town this Wednesday. I have loved our connection and didn’t want you to wonder where I disappeared to. Off to Europe for three weeks with family and friends. If we don’t talk before, I’ll look forward to seeing you when I get back.

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