Evernote is Still as Awesome as Ever

A couple of years ago I wrote about how much I love Evernote. I use it to collect notes for all of my projects. Since I use it every single day, it’s worth mentioning again.

Evernote is how I organize my notes and ideas on my computer. The software is free, and you can create your own notes or clip from the web.

I use it to organize research, recipes, rough drafts, blog post ideas, and even trip planning. It’s like my own private Pinterest to save my favorite things, fabric samples, and notes from the books I read.

Right now I use it mostly for writing projects and home design ideas, but it was a lifesaver when I was shopping for a house. I  saved the listings and images for every house that we considered so I could keep track of them all, and I even saved maps and info about the local schools. That was such a crazy time, and it helped me make the most of the time we spent with the realtor since I had all my research in a searchable format.

I use Evernote to collect ideas and drafts for blog posts. I like to jot down notes without having to save files. Even when I get too many notes, it’s easy to find things with searches.

It’s invaluable since I have so many projects going on at once. My computer would be a mess otherwise, and I’d be walking around with post-it notes stuck to me. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. You can download it here.

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If you’ve got notes and references everywhere, Evernote can help you simplify. Have you tried it? What do you like to use it for?

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Comments

  1. Interesting – never heard of it. I would like to have a private pinterest!

    I’m sure your realtor appreciated your detailed organization.
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    • It’s similar to Pinterest in the way that you can clip images from the web and save a link to the source at the same time. I use it as a bookmark when I’m shopping online for things for the house, and I don’t think people who follow me on Pinterest want to see every light fixture or tile sample that I think about.

    • It would be really nice to be able to make your pintrest page private, or at least be able to block certain followers. It hasn’t stopped me from using it yet but…
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      • I totally agree! I wanted to pin maternity ideas on Pinterest, but I wasn’t quite ready to announce to the world I was pregnant. We should request a “private” option.

  2. Thanks for pointing us to the original post. I don’t remember reading that, and it’s good to know about this system. I especially like the point you just made about being able to save things on Evernote that you don’t think every Pinterest follower would be interested in. I always feel a little dorky if I need to post a bunch of options of the same thing, just for my own reference. This would take care of it.
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  3. Celeste says:

    I saw the title of this post and just started nodding–I just love love love Evernote. I’m a homeschooling mom, and I find it absolutely essential for lesson planning. All my links and files are right there in one place, and I can easily tab through them, tag, sort, search…it’s just incredible. I also use it a lot for home decorating ideas. The one thing I haven’t moved over to that format is recipes–my “recipes to try” are all still on Pinterest. I’m thinking of keeping my untried recipes there and moving over the ones we’ve tried and loved to an Evernotebook (a person cookbook). Anyway, I just love the ease and versatility–and I can even access it on my phone!

  4. Rachel, I have been using Evernote ever since you first posted about it. I just love it. I find that I use the most for recipes – it is utterly fabulous for that and the best way I’ve found yet for maintaining those files (and so easy to pull up and use in the kitchen!) I would love to use it even more. I keep knitting and sewing project info there, and reading material. A few other notebooks, but I just know I am not using it’s full potential. One question – have you felt the need to upgrade it yet in order to get more space?

    • I’m still using the free version. Most of what I save is text and small images so it’s all within the limits.

      • Oh, thanks for this reminder about Evernote. Your first post about it is what made me aware of it in the first place! I have come close to using up all my space, and I feel I don’t have a lot on there. You seem to have a lot of images. Do they just happen to be small images, or when you save them to Evernote, do you do something to make them smaller? Thanks again for this post.

  5. oh good!! just downloaded this for my iphone! thanks for the tips and info!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for this post!

    We are traveling to the West Coast for two months while my husband is a visiting professor next winter, and I’d been using Pinterest to keep track of all the housing options we’re considering. But I didn’t want to reveal too much from the vrbo listings (e.g., exact locations, landlord email addresses, etc.), or have someone stumble upon all my research and snatch up one of my favorites, so I deleted them all. Something private is ideal.

    I think this is the program for me!! =)

  7. Suzanne says:

    I thought Evernote had gone away. I’m so glad you reminded me of it because it might be my perfect solution to my Pinterest woes. Thanks, Rachel!

  8. Thank you Rachel! I love Pinterest because of the way it functions. Bookmarking has never been all that helpful to me…words don’t always do what pictures can. You made this sound like it just might be the perfect solution…and easy.
    Again…thanks!

  9. Thank you for sharing this! With all the questionable copyright issues with pinterest, I would love a place to save everything I find online. Plus like you said I don’t always want my blog readers to see all the things I am bookmarking…as well as articles I read online with no pinnable image! So excited to try this!
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  10. Thanks so much for the introduction to Evernote! It sounds wonderful & I’m off to check it out now! I love Pinterest, but have also had several occasions when I don’t want to pin everything either.
    And I read in the comments that there is also an iPhone app, I love it whenI can use the same platform on desktop & phone!
    Thanks again! I always love good organizational tools!

  11. I first heard of Evernote through the SITS girls, and man, its the best thing to happen to me for my blog / photography. I’m able to access it on the go using the iPhone app too which is probably my favorite part. Plus, whenever I want to reference something I can click on my note and VOILA! The original site is within reach.

  12. I remember you talking about Evernote a few years ago…and I’ve always meant to look into it.

    Having had a huge problem this week due to some lost (and very important) documentation – I think that starting an Evernote account is on my list of things to do this week!
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  13. I’m just starting to use it, but I love it already. I have a notebook where I put photos of my daughter’s artwork for one thing and I want to start scanning and storing more of our filed paperwork into it next. It’s such a great tool!

  14. I just went crazy using evernote to organize all of my recipes. I hit my monthly limit and have been waiting until it re-set. Today it says 0 days left in my cycle, I thought it would have re-set but maybe tomorrow? I have a long list of more recipes to clip, I love using it for this purpose!

    • What you can do is temporarily turn off the sync and keep using it, and then in a few days turn it on again.

  15. I love Evernote because it’s everywhere that I am. I have it on my work computer, my home laptop, my netbook for school, and my phone. I use it to keep track of homework, recipes, to-do projects, and lately it’s biggest role has been a place to keep track of my work hours. I work as a blogger for a local furniture and design store (now that I think about it, you’re Dallas and I’m Fort Worth, so it’s even a bit local to you), and since almost any time I’m at a computer I might be doing something work related Evernote is the easiest way for me to keep track of my hours. Then I just cut a paste them into an e-mail when it’s the end of a pay period, and also save them into a note of my previous hours. Works wonderfully for me.
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  16. I’ve been meaning to try this program/app. Thanks for the reminder.
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  17. This sounds fantastic! I’ve never heard of it before, but I can see how useful it would be. I’m also a bit reluctant to post every little thing on Pinterest.
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  18. I’ve just loaded it to my iPad, want to use it like private Pinterest but haven’t yet worked out how to do it on the iPad, you’ve just prompted me to have a play with Evernote.

    The other thing I want to use is a password app to store all my passwords – any recommendations?

    • A password app is something I haven’t looked into yet.

    • I use Keeper, and it’s terrific. It syncs between my phone and my laptop, and I use it for more than just passwords. I store all our account numbers, user IDs, drivers license numbers, SSNs, frequent flyer numbers, etc. Without my password to log into the app, no one can get to the data on my phone or computer. Keeper also backs up all my data to the cloud.

      • Ooh, thank you for this info. I’ve been concerned about privacy should I lose my iPhone. I just downloaded it!
        I do use Evernote to help me keep track of things I tend to lose…i.e., I take pictures of my kids’ notes from school, save them to Evernote and I can throw away the original note.

  19. I’m using ist ever since you mentioned it first! It’s my number 1 app. I Love that I can save ideas I come across and use notebooks and tags for easy reference. But the best part is that it synchs with my phone, keeping all my craft ideas, inspirations, recipes and such at my fingertips. It’s such a great tool! I even use it for jotting down stuff the kids say. Best. App. Ever.

    Thanks for sharing it!
    Swenja

  20. I have never heard of this, so I’m glad you decided to highlight it again. Thank you.
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  21. Thank you so much! This is just what I’ve been wanting and needing….

  22. Ooh never seen this before…I think I might be in need of it :) Thank you.
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  23. Hmm. I’m intrigued and will have to check it out.
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  24. Even though I am far from tech savvy, I use Evernote all the time! In fact, just yesterday I used it to clip pictures of new hairstyles to take with me to the salon. I just clipped them to my evernote on my laptop and then synced (is that even a word?) them to my phone and had all of the pics with me to show my stylist! It was great!

  25. Thanks! I’m getting a new laptop this week (woooohoooo!) and I think it might be time for an overhaul of my file organization system too. Evernote seems like it will do the trick!
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  26. I have been loving Evernote lately, too! I also love that it links automatically to the Evernote app on my phone. The Pinterest app is so unreliable that I find that I use Evernote much more when I am out shopping (thrifting) and I need to check my inspiration photos.

  27. I had never heard of Evernote before, I really could’ve used this over the last 2 months. I’ve been planning a surprise birthday party for my mom who follows me on pinterest and couldn’t pin ANY of my ideas b/c I knew she would catch on! :) I’ve just downloaded this and am looking forward to trying it out. Thanks!

  28. I’m going to check this out. Might clear up all those little sticky notes on my desk and all of those vaguely worded bookmarks in my browser!

  29. Thank you!! I have valued Pinterest for being able to “file” my bookmarks…but you’re, right, it’s VERY public! Can’t wait to check out Evernote….I think it’s what I’ve been craving!

    We’re moving overseas soon, so I’ve been saving our important documents and school stuff (I’m a teacher) to google docs. I wonder if I should be saving the docs in Evernote? Can’t wait to do some research later! Thanks again!

    • For saving your important documents I recommended using Dropbox. It’s a folder on your computer and it syncs to the web so you can also access your files online. It’s what I used when we went to Italy and I knew I would need an online backup if my computer was stolen.

  30. Abbigail says:

    I LOVE Evernote. I use it everyday for all kinds of things.

    For tips on using Evernote to the fullest, check out these blog posts by Michael Hyatt – I had no idea that I could email things to myself in Evernote and sort them into folders AT THE SAME TIME! It is an amazing feature that everyone should utilize: http://michaelhyatt.com/a-handy-index-to-all-my-evernote-posts.html

    • There is a lot that Evernote can do, and this post just scratches the surface. It’s such a usable, handy app.

  31. How did I not know about this. I am headed that way now. Thanks for sharing!
    :-)
    Traci
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  32. Christine says:

    I love love love Evernote! I use it for work and home, to save all kinds of things – recipes, to-do lists (there’s a checkbox feature you can add to lists -very satisfying), online registrations and passwords (you can encrypt notes, brilliant!). I’ve used many other task management programs (Things, Toodledo…) and I would feel locked in to thinking or tracking things a certain way, which was making me crazy. Evernote has by far worked the best for me because it’s so flexible. You can really do just about anything you want.

    I recommend getting the Evernote clipper for whatever browser you’re using, and also Clearly, which pares away all the extraneous stuff on a webpage so that you can just post the article or blog or photo you wanted.

  33. I down loaded Evernote on your recommendation and I have on my Droid, my Kindle-Fire and my home computer, but I don’t use it much. Is there some organization technique I need to know or a tutorial or am I just too lazy to figure it out?

    I just Abbigail’s post. I will check that out.

  34. will evernote sync across computers? some days I have the lappy, some days I’m on desky…

  35. I have Simple Blogging to thank for telling me about evernote! And yes I love it too. It has helped eliminate paper clutter and simplify things.

    For cooking, I use it for meal planning. I was able to get rid of several cookbooks and just scan the recipes I *actually* use from them.
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  36. My own personal Pinterest!? I’m sold. :)

    Really, though, I didn’t know it could do all of that. I love the idea of saving realty listings. I look up houses all the time and then I just keep the tabs up for forever until my husband accidentally closes the browser.

    Also, I’m a writer, so it would probably be super helpful for world-building. I’m definitely going to look into it. Thanks!
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  37. I literally just downloaded this the other day and this morning said to myself, “I wish I knew how to use this more effectively.” And then decided to read my blog list. :) Yay!

  38. I love using Evernote, but I am not very organized in my efforts. I am going to have to study how you use it and see if I can implement some of your strategies, or see how I can adapt them for myself!
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  39. Rachel – I’m so glad you did this post about Evernote! I downloaded the app awhile back and never used it. You have definitely inspired me to check it out now – thanks!
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  40. Denise C. says:

    This may be a dorky question, but is Evernote easy to navigate? I am not super savvy when it comes to computers. I tried Pinterest and was not impressed with it at all. Thanks.

    • I think it’s pretty easy to use and make new notes. Definitely get the “Web Clipper” from the Evernote page to make it easy to add web content into Evernote.

  41. This sounds like something I will use. Pinterest is OK but I haven’t used it much for my personal finds.

    Regarding Pinterest… my blog readers set up their own page of my crafts. It is interesting what they pinned. Mostly the same items.

    Thanks for the tips. Off to check it out now.
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  42. I tried using Evernote but haven’t liked it much. I sometimes use Pinterest. Collecting references to ideas for projects is just clutter, but more of a mental variety. If I’m working on a big project that is short term, then I just create a bookmarks folder in my browser, or a Word document, then delete the whole lot.

  43. Love it. Huge Evernote fan and actually use it in my real estate business for transaction management. Actually finishing up a book right now on evernote for realtors. would love to talk to you more about your use of it, what you liked and what you think your agent could have done.

  44. I’ve never used evernote before, but I use treepad occasionally to store my ideas and research. this one looks better. maybe its time to switch. thanks
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  45. I LOVE Evernote too! I have transferred my whole recipe card box onto Evernote and given the box to my sister! Now I need to get those favorite recipes out of a few cookbooks and give them away too!
    Would also love to have you be a Guest Blogger on my blog with this post. Let me know if you are interested!

  46. This is so weird. Just today I was trying to organize all my bookmarks…and here you are with the perfect solution! Thank you, universe.

  47. Thank you. I hadn’t ever heard of Evernote, but I wish I had found out about it years ago. My family laughs at me because I bookmark everything and then can’t find any of them.

    I had started making a huge spreadsheet to organize what I want to use for homeschooling next year..Evernote is going to be so much easier than what I was trying to do!

  48. I use Evernote for recipes and have the app on my Nook Color, so that becomes the recipe book. I take it to the kitchen and place it in an open cabinet at eye level and away from potential spills. Saves paper clutter by not printing the recipes and then having to store them somewhere.

    I also had my husband install it on his laptop so I can do research on topics we’re involved in and save the best for him to review.
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  49. I use Evernote to save all my recipes. I have recently started tagging them with ratings to notate which recipes my family really likes, improvements I could make next time, etc.

  50. Rachel, I’m sorry to bother you, but I can’t figure out how to put things into my Evernote files. I downloaded everything and have the little icon at the top right hand corner of my screen. I dragged several URLs for recipes to the icon and tagged them. My screen showed that the articles were “clipping”, but when I opened my evernote file later it was completely empty. What am I doing wrong?

  51. Rachel, Sorry about the above comment. When I went in five minutes later they were all there. I guess I wasn’t patient enough.

  52. This was super helpful…just the kick-start I needed to get to using Evernote, which I had downloaded a long time ago but barely touched after. I got a ScanSnap scanner and over the past week or two, I’ve managed to recycle many, many grocery bags worth of papers that I had been saving for various reasons. Most I was able to just get rid of, but the ones I was holding on to are now stored in the Evernote cloud, where I can actually make use of them! My overburdened-with-paperwork (but not for much longer) desk and file storage bins and I thank you.

  53. I’ve used Evernote since it first came out. I did upgrade as the small cost is worth it to me. I also am happy to support the company that gives me this great product. I use it for travel documents, when I’m overseas I can find anything from any computer. I also use it for recipes and they don’t have to be organized as I can search by ingredient, etc. I shared my recipe folder with my son-in-law at his request. My mother wants to share her family recipes and I suggested she put them in a folder on Evernote and share it with all of us. Her eyes glazed over. She needs a demonstration of how easy it is.

  54. good to know! I have it downloaded but didn’t really play with it much. I am very intrigued now.

  55. I finally jumped on board! You originally introduced e and I have heard rave reviews from other bloggers I admire too. I really don’t need “another” account but, I’m hoping this organizes all my projects, ideas, articles best! Thanks for re-featuring it.