Evernote – keep all your important info in one place.

evernote-logo In a nutshell:

Evernote is a programme and app that you can use to store any information you need to be able to find quickly.

Evernote has radically changed the way I work. You can install on your computer, phone and/or tablet.

I currently use the free version for work (where I have my Naked Website clients stored in individual folders) and to store things like

  • recipes
  • important dates (you can set reminders)
  • films I want to see
  • books I want to read
  • lists of useful people – builders, plumbers….

The great thing about Evernote is that it is searchable – you can help it by tagging all your notes (recipe, paleo, nuts) or whatever but it seems to be able to find things really well without.

Because it syncs with my phone and tablet I can access recipes in shops, or check the measurements of my alcove when I’m in Ikea looking at shelves…..

I use it to store emails with important information on, you can just send the email to Evernote through Outlook, or you can add web pages to Evernote with just a right click. This means I can keep my email down to a bare minimum because all the info I need to store is stored in Evernote – and if my computer dies my information will be safe. Evernote, love it!

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Full disclosure – I was not paid or otherwise bribed to write a glowing review for Evernote, I wrote it from the heart because it is working for me. However, if you choose to click one of the links to it on this page I will get points, and points mean prizes.

3 things at once – stopping project overwhelm

This is from The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

  • Chose 3 projects to work on at one time (I use this for personal things I am doing)
  • A project is something that can be completed in a month (my current ones paint the hallway, measure up and order wood for shelves, finish knitting a pair of socks)
  • You cannot add anything else to the list of 3 until they are all finished.

I’ve found this really liberating because instead of sitting paralyzed by all the things I have to do I am able to just focus on 3 things. Because all 3 things have to be finished before a new thing can be started it means I’m not stressing about the jumper I started in 1989, I’m concentrating on things that mean something to me at the moment and things are getting done.

If you try it I suggest doing 3 levels of tasks, a really easy quick one, one that takes a week and one you have to dip in and out of for the month. The 2 first ones get done pretty quickly and think of how gorgeous it feels to just have one thing to finish off that month!

Of course this is not real life, in real life the socks are not the most important things to focus on, but if you are the sort of person who has a few things on the go at once, the method of 3’s might help you get some of them finished.