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Things I Use Evernote For: a list

With the demise of Google Notebook, the advent of a smartphone-based life, and the realization that paper lists are great for some things but not for others, I was forced into finding apps to organize my life. Evernote won. I <3 Evernote uber.

I use it for:

1. Travel planning. Exhaustive lists of everything I might want to see, do, or experience, to be referred to constantly, complete with addresses, hours, and prices. (In the age of smart phones and google, I cannot explain why it makes me happy to travelplan this way, but I do. Like the boyscouts, I believe it being always prepared.)

2. Info I Need To Remember Occasionally but blank on otherwise: my finicky cat's preferred brand of hairball-remedy food. My car's oil type. My hairstylist's name. My bra size. Yes, these are things normal people seem to be able to remember. My brain is too busy remembering completely useless random things like how to say "Can ya'll speak Elvish?" in Quenya.

3. A list of Cheeses I Have Known. (So far, winning for best cheese name: BellaVitano Rum Runner Sartori.)

4. A list of my coworker's Myers-Briggs types. Because reasons.

5. Illustrated instructions on how to tie a tie.

6. Recipes for any of the things I might be inspired to make while at a friend's house: scones. muffins. soups of many kinds.

7. A list of movies I want to watch someday in my hypothetical spare time (including a Die Hard marathon.)

8. A note to remind myself that I tested at reading 514 wpm because that's the kind of things that's cool to know.

9. A list of every book that I own, updated frequently.

10. The color of aftondays (now former) front door, because it was the perfect shade of red and I must remember it for next time I need to paint a front door.


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Mar. 8th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Oooh! Can you give me a lesson on Evernote?! I've been wanting to use it, but for whatever reason, I can't figure it out! :-P I've been told that it's a really good place to store recipes that I find on the Internet...and that you can search for them by ingredient fairly easily.
Mar. 8th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry! The anonymous comment is mine. I didn't realize I wasn't signed in. :-)
Mar. 10th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
Have you downloaded any of the apps (desktop, tablet, phone) yet? I can see it would be harder to figure it out using the web based version, but it seems like the apps are pretty straightforward. What parts have been giving you trouble?

And yes, the searchability is just WONDERFUL. And you can upload documents, pdfs, pictures, etc, not just copy-and-paste in text.
Mar. 8th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Back in the days of Filofax, I used to keep a Top Ten Movies list--it ended up being 26 movies long. ;)

I use google docs, but I don't have such interesting lists.
Mar. 10th, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
I feel like I should be using google docs more than I do (I am so entwined with google as it is, I'm not sure what my hangup with docs is).
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Great list! I have several little reminders like these in my Outlook Notes at work. Like the brand of Holly's purse that I liked so much, or how to add back the white space/margins on a Word doc. :D
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Oh and I forget all those same things, too--car oil, bra size, etc.
Mar. 8th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I love Evernote too :) Like you I use it for travel planning :) I also use it for recipies I want to try, abd ever since I discovered you could add PDFs, I've been using it to store and organize all my knitting patterns.
Mar. 8th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
I've heard so many people praise Evernote, I'm really tempted to try it because Organization! How I love it! I don't even really know why I haven't, except that right now, it just seems like one more thing I'd have to keep updated. Is that really silly?
Mar. 8th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
No es sillyo
If I may interrupt: No.
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
It's only useful to you if it helps streamline your organization, so don't use it if it just adds another layer to keep up with!

My life before Evernote: Google Notebook for travel planning (which then had to be printed for actual travel purposes)/other lists, but which wasn't searchable and could only be used via computer + notebook kept in purse for Useful Information [bra size, oil type], also not searchable and prone to not being on my person when I needed it + random scraps of paper with info [like that color of red paint that I like] which I was afraid I'd lose/not be able to find later + paper to do lists on a clipboard, which were great in the short term but cumbersome for events/reminders weeks or months in the future.

Now? Evernote (searchable! Organized! easily viewed and edited from phone, tablet or computer!) + google calendar (ditto) + paper clipboard for to dos for about a week out at the most.

Works for me: your mileage may vary depending on your needs. :)
Mar. 8th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
I went to download it and I have to have (hideously ugly) iOs 7 installed to use it. So I declined. I use Wunderlist for a task list and lists of stuff and it works ok but I am curious how Evernote would be...
Mar. 10th, 2014 09:51 am (UTC)
aw, shucks. Surely they'll make it compatible with whatever you have soon?
Apr. 2nd, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
I doubt it! iOS7 is the new thing and I've refused to upgrade because it's so ugly. There will come a day when I'll have no choice but I'm holding out as long as I can :-p
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
#3 and #4 tie for my favorite. What MBTI are you? ISFJ?

#8 makes me smile. :) Was that because of me? I remember we had a discussion on how fast you read because I was curious how you read so much: whether it was the amount of time or the speed at which you did read. It was both. I have forgotten what my wpm is. I shall have to test again.
Mar. 10th, 2014 09:54 am (UTC)
Usually I test as INFJ, but last time I took it, it turned out ISFJ. Could be I'm fairly in the middle of N and S? Or it might have had something to do with what state of mind I was in when I took it?

I should say that the reading rate was when I was concentrating on reading as fast as was comfortable - it's not like I sit around reading everything at 500 wpm. Novels especially I tend to circle back and reread sentences or even paragraphs to get all the enjoyment possible out of the words. :)
Mar. 10th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
I had you pegged for an ISFJ since they tend to respect traditions far more than INFJs, I think? And you've mentioned a few times that you don't feel very introspective or self-reflective, which is the N-trait. People who are dominant in S tend to be more focused on their senses and with the way that you love to dress, the way you eat, and the way you are focused on the world makes it seem like you take it all in through your senses rather than gut-intuition-feelings.

Also: This.
The ISFJ has an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they're likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes. They make extremely good interior decorators. This special ability, combined with their sensitivity to other's feelings and desires, makes them very likely to be great gift-givers - finding the right gift which will be truly appreciated by the recipient.

;) But that is flexible and it is best to be able to be all kinds of things and not just see the world in ONE WAY. :)
Mar. 13th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
Ah, I'm glad you said that! Yes, I'm sure I'm more S than N, then.

I don't know about the great gift-giving thing, but the concern with aesthetics is SPOT ON. (I just feel more at ease/at peace when my surroundings are orderly and beautiful. Snobby, much?)
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
If you want to read more, This ISFJ page is amazing.

Mar. 8th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've been dabbling with Evernote on and off for about 6 or 9 months now, but I just haven't found my groove with it. I hear so many wonderful things about it, but I feel like there's some secret or trick that I just haven't stumbled upon yet, and so the pieces just haven't fallen into place. But I still go back and dabble some more, now and then.
Mar. 10th, 2014 09:55 am (UTC)
That's how I felt the first few years I had a tumblr, and now I've FINALLY found, if not the groove, at least A groove with it, so there's hope. :) Assuming, of course, that you want/need Evernote at all. It's not like it's the be-all-end-all in organization! I just like it and it works for me. :)
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
I want to know your Evernote organization hints. How do you have your notebooks/binders set up to keep so many aeas of your life straight? Or do you just have a deep random stack and rely on searches?
Mar. 10th, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
I'm not as organized as I'd ideally like to be, but the search works so well it hasn't seemed to matter to me. I have it set up something like this:


(New York)
(things to do)
places to go
cultural activities
(places to eat)
Upper East Side
The Village

etc. :)

I have separate categories for random info, work-related things, travel, to do lists, and etsy information. Lots ends up in the random info folder, lol.

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Mar. 10th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
From what I understand, you have to have an internet connection to log in, but once in you can view the notes offline using the desktop app. I THINK that to access notes offline on a mobile device, you have to have a paid account? But I'm not positive.
Mar. 10th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
That was a great shade of red. My new front door is also red but it's not quite right.
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