To Do Lists
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 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!
The dreaded “To Do” list never gets “To Done”! There is always something on that list and there sometimes seems to be the same things on it over and over.
As I have dealt with clients and myself, over the years, I have found that one of the problems with the “To Do” list is it is oversimplified. Take for example the item on my list that says – Plan Reception for Dr. Smith. This is an important event for a person running for a political office so it is something that is high on my priority list and requires a lot of my time and attention. However, it is unrealistic for me to think that I am going to be able to just scratch that off my list, until the reception is over. One of the problems with that entry is that it requires numerous steps to complete. It requires getting hosts, getting invitations printed up and sent out, putting together a viable guest list, and it goes on and on and on. If you are the type that likes to scratch things off a “To Do” list then you need to break your “To Do” list into smaller action items.
Another issue with “To Do” lists are the sheer size of them. Anyone that just makes a running list of everything they have to do will easily get overwhelmed by looking at it. It is just too much to take in. I suggest each night, looking at all you have to do and moving the most important items to the “To Do” list for the next day. Not everything has the same amount of importance on your list so learn to prioritize, not by what you want to do but by what you need to do.
Lastly, break your “To Do” lists into categories. Many times, when I get overwhelmed by my list, I will break it down into categories – Email, Calls, Shopping List and Errands. You may have other categories that make more sense to you and that is fine……you need to do what works for you!
I hear all of you screaming, what about a SMARTPHONE or ONLINE “To Do” list. I will admit that I am still mostly a paper girl, not sure why, I just am, but in another blog post, I will give you some of the most popular online and mobile “To Do” lists.
Well, better run……..I have a reception to plan!