Today I’m going to share time saving Evernote features that are handy tips for entrepreneurs trying to get it all done. These Evernote features are the ones I use the most, and they speed up my planning and organisation. I love them, because they can keep up with my quick thinking brain!
Saving time and being efficient are highly sought after features of any tool I choose to adopt into my daily tasks, so the features have to be real – not just talk the talk!
I hate it when I’m on a roll, planning and ticking things off my list and have to click through folder trees, load pages, log in etc etc. Those little steps tend to get in the way of my thinking flow.
I need it to be streamlined and able to keep up with me – otherwise I get distracted way too easily. You know – “I’ll just check FB while I’m waiting for this page to load ….” Sound familiar?
Wait – I’ve heard about Evernote but not sure what it is…
Evernote is a tool to manage information, and helps to organise your thoughts and gets everything out of your head.
I like to think of it as my second brain! The one I can trust to remember everything, and recall it anytime!
It’s an essential tool for solo entrepreneurs who are trying to do everything – because it’s one central place for notes, ideas, lists, downloads, images, invoices….anything!
It means that you can keep everything here – instead of in your head, and reduces the chaos and disorganisation, fear of losing things and energy it takes to remember everything.
Similar to a walk-in wardrobe: when you have a place for everything, it’s easier to put things away, easier to find things, easier to put together your perfect outfit, because all of your options are at your fingertips – not collected in a mass pile on the floor.
The freedom to think without a million thoughts crowding your mind alone is powerfu!
4 Evernote Features I Use Daily to Save Time
If you do use Evernote, then this Shortcuts list is a huge time saver. I use it for the frequently used notes I use, which are my passwords, coding text (to copy and paste when I’m formatting pages in WordPress), a Master list of things to do, and my 3 month content plan.
It’s a great time saver for me – I don’t have to search for it, or scroll down anywhere!
It’s like having all of your sticky notes in one place – but without losing their stick!
#2 the voice recorder.
Did you know you can record your voice in any note. I LOVE this feature when I’m out walking and a great idea comes to me, and I need to get it down somewhere before I forget it.
I also have an Ideas Bank where the product development notes go, so there’s one place to find them easily.
Look for the microphone on the notes toolbar.
#3 Making lists. I love lists purely for the fact that it helps me get things out of my head and onto paper/ screen.
Once they’re there, they are so much more tangible, and help me prioritise quickly, which helps me stay focussed.
It’s not just to do lists, but books to read, websites to check out, apps to search…. all of the little bits of information that need a place to go that won’t get lost.
This is how Evernote saves time: you can put everything in there and set reminders about when to follow up, but ii’s the fact that once this information is out of your head and organised, you can be more productive and focussed.
I’ve taken some screen shots of my own Evernote and identified where you can find these tools below:
#4 The search function. This function is one of the most powerful, and is one of Evernote’s strengths.
When I search, it will show me notebooks, notes, tags and words in the notes.
FYI: If you have the upgraded version, it will also search scanned documents for your words – now that’s clever!.
So it doesn’t matter how many notes I have or how random they are – I can find them quickly.
Goodbye 1 million paper notebooks!
Side note: I still use notebooks to write in, but not key ideas or to do lists. I use them to structure my videos, dot point blog drafts
Want to learn how you can get organised with Evernote?
I’m running a 90 minute online workshop to get you up and running – even if you haven’t heard of Evernote!
If you’re feeling disorganised, and need to create one central place for your notes, to reduce the chaos and save time, then head to my #nomoreburnout Systems School
to find out all the details.