Today is all about taking notes. Regardless if you are a paper person like me, or you prefer typing on your computer, you must write your ideas down somewhere. Since we live in the digital era, most of us benefit from this by relying on a note-taking app. Evernote is the best of its kind. It helped me tremendously in university and continues to do so in my work. So much so that my experience with Evernote has left me with a handful of tips for newcomers.
I’ve tried a couple of other note-taking tools, and hands down, Evernote is by far the best option with its extensive functionalities and user-friendly interface. The free plan I am using is robust and packs a variety of features: from saving any kind of information to exporting emails, it has become a must-have in my daily routine.
Below are five effective Evernote tips to increase your productivity. While some features are only available on paid plans, stick around this article as I will share with you a way to use them for free.
1. Organize Your Notes in Notebooks or Tags
Evernote lets you create and organize your notes within Notebooks. There you can further add new notebooks, edit and delete the existing ones. You can add notes within any of the newly created notebooks or move them from one notebook to another. Got a great pitch idea? Put it in a new note and save it in you one of your notebooks.
In addition to organizing your notes in various notebooks, you can also add tags to connect notes from different notebooks. Evernote allows you to add keywords to your notes, which makes them easy for you to find or browse, especially when you have a lot of them.
2. Record Your Notes
Looking for a quick alternative to writing notes? With Audio Notes you can record your ideas without missing out on the fear of forgetting to write down something important. Just click on the microphone button from the formatting bar and click on record. Voilà! Your notes are now recorded and can be listened to whenever you want.
3. Set Reminders
So many things on your mind that you don’t know which one to tackle first? That’s an easy fix. Add a Reminder for each of the notes you want to deal with later. Decide on a time and date, hit Enter and you are set.
Whenever you want to postpone again the notes for which you already have a reminder, click on the alarm clock icon and change either the time, the date, or both.
4. Saved Search
In Evernote you can search for notes belonging to certain notebooks, with certain tags, containing specific words, and having been created and modified in a particular day. But the search function can perform so much more than its basic purpose. If you have been looking for the same notes but you can’t remember in which notebook they are, or what tags they have, you can save your most frequent searches.
- On Windows, click on Save Search after performing a search.
- On Mac, write the word in the search bar, go to Edit, click on Find, and select Save Search.
Now that you’ve got your Saved Search, you can easily look up notes that were hard to find before.
5. Save Your Emails to Evernote
No matter of the type of job you are having, you still have to answer and send emails, either at home or at work. And sometimes you wish you could make notes out of some emails but you have no idea how. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.
The traditional way to save an email to your Evernote account is to send that desired email to your Evernote email address and click Send. However, this action is only possible if you have a Premium or Business plan.
If you still want to forward your emails to your Evernote account but for free, here is my tip: Intergrate Evernote Exporter with Mailbutler, it works seamlessly with Apple Mail, Gmail, and Outlook. Now you can you export your emails with just one click. No more of having to re-send your emails from one address to the other. With Evernote Exporter, you can save your emails as notes in just one move. Simple and free.
The switch between Evernote and Apple Mail is super easy: with the link on the right corner of your exported email, you’re just one click away from your emails.
All in all, there are many other ways in which you can use Evernote depending on the type of plan used. Even so, the free plan is pretty robust and pack a variety of features. Evernote acts as a centralized database where you can easily save whatever information you want. These are my 5 Evernote tips that can help everyone power through their notes.
Besides ones for Evernote, here at Unpacked you can find useful tips on different topics like email usage and staying productive. If you want to explore all of the tips and trick that we have to share, you can do so here.