Evernote is one of my favorite paper buster tools. When I use Evernote, I don’t have a bunch of sticky notes sitting around. I don’t have notes written on little pieces of paper and best of all, I don’t have to remember where I put those pieces of paper!
The information I have stored in Evernote can be seen on my phone, IPAD or computer. If I am away from home and need the information, it is right at my finger tips!
Here are 10 ways I use Evernote to cut down on my paper clutter:
1. Evernote Clipper allows me to save information I find on the web and organize it in folders. I name the folders (just like you do in a paper filing system) based on how I want to retrieve the information. For example, if I find an article about de-cluttering, I Evernote clip it and “file” it in my folder – De-Clutter Information.
2. I love a good quote. I file quotes in Evernote.
3. Air Filter sizes, printer cartridges, water filter types….all of those pesky household items that are size specific are filed in Evernote so I have access to them when I am in the store ready to buy them.
4. Birthday lists……need to remember when someone’s birthday is and you are not at home with your master birthday list….store it in Evernote.
5. Christmas lists! Each year I write down who I am giving a gift to and what I gave. I can easily refer back to the previous years and make sure I am not duplicating gifts!
6. Writing down your goals is an important step to achieving them. I keep my personal and business goals housed in Evernote.
7. Paint color lists….can’t remember the name of that wonderful color you used in the bedroom….keep it in Evernote.
8. Evernote is a place I keep ideas…..writing ideas, newsletter ideas, gift ideas….things that come to mind that I don’t have a need for right now but will want to refer to later.
9. Phone numbers – people I don’t need very often….like a carpenter/handyman or closet designer. If I store that person in my contacts, on my phone, I may not remember his/her name but if I store it in Evernote….I can quickly retrieve the name and number.
10. Medication lists. This is a great thing to have in Evernote when you go to the doctor. I personally and thankfully don’t have any medications I take but for those that do, this is a great way to have that information with you each and every time you have a doctor visit.
Hope this helps you think outside the box and find new ways to cut down on paper clutter with Evernote!
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I am a Certified Professional Organizer. Here are some truths about me.
1. My house is lived in. Real life people live here so real life needs to happen here.
2. I have a few stacks…..stacks of books, stacks of paper, and a pile of shoes.
3. I have mismatched, handwritten file folders
4. I have dust….more than my fair share
5. I have a lot of filing that needs to be done
6. I have too many clothes
7. My car stays a bit of a mess, not out of control messy but messy
8. You are likely to find a few dirty dishes in my sink and a counter that needs to be cleaned.
9. I have unorganized photos
10. I struggle with staying focused.
Here are some other truths:
1. I can find just about anything I need within a few minutes
2. My stacks are a bit of my decor. They are neatly stacked and I know what is in each stack. I will schedule time to go through the paper stacks at least once a week.
3. Mismatched, handwritten file folders don’t bother me…..they work.
4. My house is relatively picked up and I do a quick dust about once a week.
5. I file two times a year and because I don’t keep so much paper, that works for me
6. I do have too many clothes….a goal for 2014.
7. I clean the stuff out of my car once a week.
8. I always put dishes in the dishwasher before bed or immediately upon waking in the morning
9. I do have unorganized photos….another goal for 2014.
10.I struggle with focus but work very hard at keeping myself focused, which you can do when
you talk yourself through and remind yourself to stay on task.
Organizers are not perfect……we just have tools and systems that will help you get organized and stay more organized. Real life is going to get us all out of whack, every now and then. The key is being able to right the ship pretty quickly.
Getting organized is one thing……staying organized is another but with small, manageable steps you can do both…..albeit not perfectly but excellently! Now, I have to go wash dishes!
The thought of de-cluttering leaves many people totally paralyzed and totally overwhelmed. I have many clients, surrounded by clutter, physical clutter and emotional clutter, initially incapable of attacking the piles, stacks, worries and problems.
What things are overwhelming you that you can break into smaller, more bite sized pieces? It literally is impossible to eat an elephant any other way than one bite at a time.
Do you want to know why you can’t attack that pile of paper? Why you can’t go through those boxes in the attic? Why you can’t seem to move forward in your life? Why you can’t end that relationship you know you need to end?
All of these actions require several decisions. The decision to take time to take care of it. The decision to press on through, even when it is difficult. The decision to see yourself as a person of worth, so you will surround yourself with what you truly value in your life. However, the biggest decision is to work through the fear.
The reason, we do not attack or make decisions about many things, is FEAR. Fear is ever present in the decision making process. We are afraid of letting go. We are afraid of getting rid of something we might need. We are afraid of being alone. We are afraid of making the wrong decision. We are afraid of change. We are afraid of success. We are afraid of failure. We are afraid of what other people will think of us. We are afraid we will upset someone. We are afraid we won’t do it just right.
Peel back the layers and at the root of many of your indecision, you will very possibly find fear. When you know what you are fighting, it is much easier to fight back.
I have an IPHONE 4 so I do not have the latest and greatest of all things techie. I do like my IPHONE 4 because it does what I need it to do but I am sure it will do more.
I am going to admit I am still and paper list girl. In a survey of all To Do List people, it was found that about 1/2 of the population is still paper To Do List people. Really, I am a combo, since my calendar is housed on my IPHONE, but essentially, my daily tasks and grocery lists are on paper.
Some of these Apps are free, some are free but have premium services for an extra fee and others have a monthly or annual fee. Some are a bit more complicated and detailed than others so look carefully at what your real needs are in a To Do List and stay away from bells and whistles that you don’t need or won’t use. I have linked each of these to their website; just click on the APP name.
Take a few minutes, find out which one might work for you and try it out. I just might, too!