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Today our pal Chef Katelyn is here to talk about an organizational super star she keeps on her blogger tool belt, EverNote! Not only does this program help with her blogging, but as a busy college student, Katelyn also uses EverNote for class notes and assignments. And, as she points out in her post below, you could really use EverNote to organize ALL areas of your life.
If you’re anything like me, you’re really organized.
But when other people come and see your workspace, they look at you like you’re from planet Pluto (which isn’t even a planet anymore). I’m a space cadet, so maybe I’m from that planet. I honestly don’t know where my brain is sometimes.
Moving on. My workspace — my living space — is organized in an unorganized way. I know where everything is, even if it’s in a pyramid pile of clothes. The jacket I wore on Saturday? It’s in that giant pile where my sweatpants, other three jackets, and probably my pants are.
I hate pants. But actually.
When it comes to my school notes, I have this thing where I take a million in a Pages document (Microsoft Word is waaaaay too expensive for me), and then save it in a folder. Can you imagine opening Pages, opening my files, searching for the right folder, and then figuring out which document I’m looking for? If I’m searching back through months of notes for that one lecture back in early January, to put it plainly, I’m screwed. I might as well just re-read a whole textbook while I’m looking for one page. Duh, use the Table of Contents.
I have recently discovered the app called EverNote; a free application that allows you to create “notebooks”, under which you can have different sections of notes.
Typical user interface.
The best part with the organization is that you can easily sort your notebooks by which part of your life they apply to, i.e. Blogging, college, your family (especially if you have kids), work, general interest, and whatever it is that you have going on. If you see an article you dig, you can easily save it to EverNote with the Google Chrome Extension (is there anything Chrome doesn’t do?), and add your own notes as you please.
The most baller part of the app — it keeps formatting, and allows you to change it. In the past, I have used CourseNotes because it cost a small amount of money ($5-10 I believe), and in my head, something is (almost) always better if there is a small fee involved.