Thursday, February 3, 2011

Getting organized with Evernote & a cottage muse giveaway!

Since 2011 began, I've been struggling with my one teensy-weensy perennial resolution~
getting MORE organized

Each and every New Year it is the same...clean out files, sort, compact, ditch and try again to be more organized....try a new method of staying organized.

Well here it is, only Feburary 3rd and I think I've got it accomplished! Yippeee!

Let me tell you what I found... (thanks to Meylah for the introduction!)
Evernote. Their motto is 'remember everything' and so far this is true.

Since joining...(oh about 24 hours ago!) I've managed to get all my digital files into one place.
This is a huge feat for me...when you have your own business, digital files that you need to keep handy can become overwhelming. Evernote has simplified this for me in a way I never thought possible. I've compiled so far about 80% of my sign business 'stuff' and when that is done I'll move on to adding personal and life 'stuff'.

Evernote isn't brand's been around since 2008, so you may have heard of it. But, if you haven't it is definately worth checking out.

Here's a little on how it works, or should I say how it works for you...
- capture anything. Chances are, if you can see it or think of it, Evernote can help you remember it. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it all safe.

-organize it all. Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks.

Then, if you're really tech savvy- you can access your evernotes from your mobile device. Just imagine how handy this would be when your out shopping and realized 'if only I knew the ingredients I needed from that new recipe'.

Think about all the files you've created, be they bookmarks or image files when surfing the web and blog hopping...all the ideas that you've come across and saved- most to be lost and never seen again! With Evernotes, you'll be able to put everything into one place, neat and tidy and sorted for you. It is amazing.

They have a free version which allows for so many uploads (I used that up in about an hour!) but the premium version is only $5/month. Think of it as a 'cleaning lady' for your mind- and goodness she's cheap!

Okay....enough of my rambling on that. sure to visit Sandi at A Cottage Muse ...she's celebrating her one year blog anniversary and is giving away a Castle & Cottage custom sign!

Good luck and big hugs to everyone!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

WOW, this evernote sounds fantastic! Like you and many others I have thousands of photos and bookmarks and then can never find what I'm looking for!

BTW LOVE LOVE LOVE the new header!!!!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A good post...cute comic! And now I'm off to sign up to WIN! Thanks! Stay warm! ♥

Unknown said...

I am fascinated with this Program, I have stuff everywhere and not organized like it should....could you email me t so we could talk a bit more about this????? Like how do they organize photos and such? I am always saving craft idea, cute cards, etc.....I am thinking maybe this will be my answer, instead of hours of figuring thsi out! Thanks!!!! Sandy

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Thanks for the shout out Paula and I am in love with your new header!!! Very french looking!

Claudia said...

I have to investigate this, Paula - sounds really interesting and very, very helpful! Thanks!


Lisa said...

I will have to check this out I need something.
Now off to check out the giveaway, you've shared a lot, thanks!!!!!!

Hugs, to you,

Debbie said...

Sounds like a great tool, Paula.
Your header is gorgeous!!!!

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Your new header is awesome, Paula! Evernote sounds like I should check it out.

Heaven's Walk said...

What a great idea, Paula! I'll definitely have to check this one out. I would hate to lose all the things I have on my computer!

xoxo laurie

Jade Creative said...

Hello Paula
I'll be looking into this. Organizing is ongoing. I'm always looking for ways to make life easier.
By the Way... Really like your header pictures, and that Villa Bella Sign.
Have a great day!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hey Paula~
Thanks for the tip! A cleaning lady for the if I could just remember where I left my mind I could have her clean it!

Jenny said...

I'm going to check this out. Organizing photos would be such a good thing.