5 Ways to Use Evernote in Your Creative Business
In spite of how I may seem, I’m a life-long technology late adopter, and I’m very skeptical of new apps, systems, and software. While general stubbornness is definitely a factor, I also have a perception that new technology simply won’t deliver the benefits that it promises. Even worse, I fear it will overcomplicate my life in the process.
In light of this general attitude, it took my husband multiple attempts before he finally convinced me to start using Evernote more than five years ago. Evernote is an app that helps you easily capture and organize your notes, and there is no app or tool that I rely on more heavily both for my business and my personal life.
I know that adopting new technology can seem intimidating, and even unnecessary and overly complicated. However, in this case, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Here are five ways that you can use Evernote in your creative business.
1. Store and Retrieve Notes
The most obvious use of Evernote is for creating, storing, and easily retrieving notes. You can type your notes directly into the app on desktop or mobile.
Storage is only part of the beauty of Evernote; you can also easily retrieve your notes using its robust search function. Evernote’s search not only searches tags and text, but it also searches within PDFs and images, including handwriting. So, when you upload a scan or photo of your handwritten text from a post-it, whiteboard, or notebook, you will be able to search for it when you need it later.
2. Save Articles
Evernote allows you to easily save articles, blog posts, and other web-based resources. I use the Web Clipper extension for Google Chrome to clip and save articles that I want to come back to later. The functionality works a little bit like pinning something to a Pinterest board, but instead of being saved to your board it goes into your Evernote account. The powerful search tool helps me find them when I need them.
3. Organize Receipts
However, the frustrating thing about keeping receipts in 2019 is that so many are delivered via email. Thankfully, Evernote has an email functionality that allows you to email receipts (or anything else you might want to save) directly into Evernote. Simply forward the email you want to save to an email address that is unique to your account. You can find your unique email address in your account settings.
4. Capture Ideas
Creativity is both a blessing and a curse to productivity. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a ton of ideas when I’m away from my desk and also when I’m supposed to be working on something else.
Evernote works extremely well for capturing ideas on-the-go. For example, I have a “Content Ideas” note that has a list of ideas for the blog, email, and Instagram. Because Evernote syncs across all of my devices, I can record my ideas when I’m sitting at my desk or when I’m at the gym. I also have notes for Books to Read, gift ideas, and other ideas that come to me on-the-fly.
5. Create Templates & Checklists
You can use Evernote to create checklists and templates for processes that you repeat over and over within your business. For instance, I’ve transcribed my Weekly Review Checklist into an Evernote template.
I’ve also created templates for my monthly content planning. My planning for Instagram, e-mail, and the blog each has a separate note. When content planning time comes around, I just create a new set of documents from these templates and start filling them out.
What Do You Think?
I’ve shown you five ways that I use Evernote to stay organized as I run my business. Which one of these do you want to try first?
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