Tuesday, February 26, 2019

10 Lists to Keep in Evernote (To Stay Organized)

Good morning, everyone! It’s been a busy couple of weeks as I’ve been moving into my new house and trying to get my physical living space organized. It’s going to be a long process as I get unpacked and figure out where I want things to go.

So while my physical space is kind of a mess, I wanted to share today about how I keep my digital space organized. As a writer I use quite a few programs to keep my creative ideas organized and over the next few weeks I’m going to share with you what these programs are.

The first on my list is Evernote!

I am all about list making and while I do like to journal every now and then, Evernote has become my main space to write things down when I have ideas or when I have something I need to remember. It’s nice because I can keep a tab open on my browser at work for when I have an idea, plus there’s the smart phone app that I can use on the go.

These are some of the lists that I keep in Evernote so that I always have easy access to them.

1. Account Information
I keep a running list of websites that I am a member of & frequent shopper cards that I carry because those things really add up after a while and it’s hard to keep all of my different usernames and corresponding email addresses straight.

2. Wishlist
Now that I’m a new homeowner I’m trying to be savvy and practical about budgeting a saving money, which means that I’m trying to be more thoughtful about the purchases I make. By keeping a running wishlist of things I think I might want, that gives me a chance to ponder my future purchases and make wiser decisions.

3. Book Outlines
Now that I’ve started using Google Drive for most of my first drafts, I find it helpful to do my book outlining in Evernote! It’s helpful for me to have my document open in one tab and my Evernote app open on my computer so that I can easily switch back and forth between the two while I’m brainstorming.

It’s awesome because Evernote also has creative writing templates to help you plan your next writing project. I’ll link to a few of them below so you can see for yourself!

Character Profile
Story Dashboard
Novel Plotting: 3-Act Structure
Story Premise Worksheet
4. Business Plans
Running a creative writing business means that I take a LOT of notes. Evernote is my app that I do all of my planning in so whether it’s my monthly goals or my marketing plan for my next book, I document it all in Evernote.

5. To-do Lists
This should be an obvious one, but I love to keep daily to-do lists in my Evernote app because there’s a checkmark function and it’s just so satisfying to check off the tasks that I’ve completed. I can’t be the only one who feels that way, right? haha.

6. Notes on Books I Read
I don’t keep notes on all the books I read but for nonfiction where I’m learning about a new subject, I will often write down interesting facts or things that I want to remember. Most recently I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I took a lot of notes because the things I learned in this book are things I want to apply in my everyday life.

7. Blog Post Ideas
I have an ongoing note that is solely ideas for future blog posts. Sometimes I’ll write down title ideas or even just topics or keywords that I don’t want to forget.

8. Shipping Lists
For those of you that don’t know I run an Etsy shop that sells zines (click the link for more info on what a zine is!). Business was slow in the beginning but now that my shop is more established it keeps me pretty busy! I only ship once or twice a week so I keep a list in Evernote of orders that need mailing labels and orders that need to be put in the mail.

9. Links
This might sound silly but one of my most frequented Notes in Evernote is Interesting Articles! Haha. Whenever I see something cool on the internet but I don’t have time to read the whole article, I copy and paste the link into my Interesting Articles Note.

This also works for recipes. If I see a tasty recipe online and I don’t have time to Pin it on my recipes board on Pinterest, I’ll save the link in Evernote so that I have access to it later.

10. Ideas
Lately it seems that I’ve been journaling more in Evernote than I have been in my actual journal. Weird, huh? But I like that Evernote is always with me as long as I have a device (my laptop, phone, or iPad) on hand. It’s important to have a place to jot down ideas so that you don’t forget them.

That’s it for this week’s blog post! I hope that my ideas for what to keep lists of in Evernote has been helpful to you. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this cool app yet, you can sign up here.

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