I spent a great deal of time digitizing my information in 2015 after hopping on Evernote for the first time. The goal was to see if I could get productive with Evernote.

I want to help get you rolling with productivity in Evernote as well. This post isn't about productivity frameworks or technical tricks to using Evernote. That will come to the blog eventually.

The goal is to give you ideas on what to document and store in Evernote, ultimately making you more productive and freeing your mind to work on more meaning tasks.

Getting Started in Evernote

Not sure where to begin? How about getting organized?

  1. Start journaling your day or what you're currently learning or studying.
  2. Write down daily tasks.
  3. Write down what you're thankful for.
  4. Note big wins in both your personal and professional life. This is especially helpful in updating your resume.

Digitizing Your Life

  1. Go through files.
  2. Purge many unneeded documents and only keep the ones that benefit you.
  3. Calendar and schedule projects and important tasks.
  4. Scan or embed downloads of course materials, book notes, unboxing notes, software tips, music lyrics, tech specs, checklists, services available, and coaching materials.
  5. Map out talking points and presentation notes.
  6. Plan product tours and reveals.

More Digitizing Tips

  • Get rid of excess information.
  • Get rid of underperforming tasks.
  • In addition to deleting files and tasks, figure out what you can delegate. Cut down on future necessary work by hiring an assistant.
  • Try to say no to upcoming things.
  • Don't download every whitepaper and manual just because. Make sure it's something useful for you.

Coming up I want to discuss how I'm using Evernote and some of the pitfalls to avoid. You got a big hint with the tone of this post but there's plenty of cool stuff to come.

In the comments below, let me know what gotchas you've experienced with Evernote. If you haven't used Evernote yet, will you?

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