Getting Started with Evernote in 2018

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Even if it’s February, I hope you’re still feeling inspired by the new year. Personally, I’m feeling like 2018 is off to a fantastic start (better than recent years have been in the past). I’m about to start a new book series, I still have a job, and I’m focused on working to keep losing some damn weight. Every week I feel like I’m getting a little bit closer to my goals, and that is an amazing feeling. While I use a lot of tools to track my goals like my Day Designer, I also rely a lot on Evernote. With the new year still pretty new, now is a perfect time to get started with Evernote.

Getting Started with Evernote in 2018

If you’ve been around the blog long enough, you know that Evernote is something I’ve used for a long time – since I was in high school. With almost eight years of Evernote data in my account, I’m pretty far in with Evernote, but I want to talk about ways you can use the program as you get started.

First, if you haven’t already signed up, you can do so here.

After you sign up, there are some things you need to know. The basis of Evernote is a note. A note contains information that you put in it, and a group of notes makes a notebook. Within a note, you can add formatting, like headers and divider lines, you can add images to the note, you can also make checklists if you need to. Notes are pretty flexible in what you can add with them. You can also duplicate notes so you can create templates, too.

Whether you’re a creative or not, there is a lot of useful information you can add in Evernote just from the get-go. Some of the non-creative things in my Evernote account include maintenance logs on my car, a list of all the medications I take, and I keep contact information for career references in Evernote.

So, where do you actually start?

1. Make a Note and Put Stuff in It

Look at what you have around your house and see what you need to document. The wonderful thing about Evernote is that you can take it with you on your phone. So any you have doesn’t have to stay in your house. You don’t have to take a big folder of anything – you just take your phone and Evernote will have everything in it.

On the mobile app, you can even scan documents directly into your Evernote account.

Start at home and look at things that you need to have information for on a regular basis – what kind of laundry detergent do you get, your lightbulbs, instructions for how to put that darn Ikea bookshelf together for the next time you move.

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2. Decide now if you’re doing notebooks or tags.

I’ve gone back and forth on whether I want to use tags or notebooks. I feel like I’m in the process of having broad notebooks and using tags to combine everything together as a separate way to filter through different subjects. Start with a few notebooks, but keep them general in how you name them. Personal, home, career, etc. You get the idea.

Notebooks can be combined into Notebook stacks, but tags can be stacked, and stacked, and stacked. While ideally, I’d love to focus more on tags in my organization, the truth is, in my main Evernote account, the tags have gotten out of hand. #oops.

3. Keep Using Evernote

Once you start adding information into the app, it really does you no good if you don’t keep coming back on a regular basis.

Often times we feel like we have to have some grand plan to use Evernote, but the truth is, Evernote is so flexible you can use it for just about anything. The web clipper allows you to save things like recipes from the internet, or you can clip a webpage of that vacation destination you’ve been eying. Evernote talks about how it remembers everything for you, and if you add information into it, it’ll do just that for you.

The biggest key is that you have to make sure you use the app, or it can’t work for you.