Wednesday, September 9

how to organize your organization

I must admit, my affection for making lists is most likely a bit unhealthy. I have a list for everything - work, home, the blog, the grocery store, books I want to read, places I need to go. I thrive on organization and in order to somewhat manage the chaos in my life, I make lists. And lots of them. 

The only messy part about all of these lists is that they are never in one place. I have a notebook at work, a spreadsheet on my computer, a notepad at home, a dry erase board on the refrigerator, and I utilize the notes app in my phone.

I consider myself fairly tech savvy, so you would think that at some point or another it would have occurred to me that there must be an easier way to organize all this organization - but it never did.

I was introduced to Microsoft OneNote by a colleague at work, and my list life has never been the same. The epitome of organizing multiple notebooks, sections, and pages of information electronically, OneNote simplified my work life. Bonus, for the nerd type such as myself, working in OneNote is actually fun.

The drawback of OneNote is that I do not have Microsoft Office at home. Now, being that tech savvy person that I originally thought I was, this time around it occurred to me that there must be a similar product available to use at no cost.

After a bit of research, I found and am incredibly satisfied with Evernote.

There are three versions to choose from: Basic, Plus, and Premium. I went with Basic. Basic is free and has all the features and functionalities that I will use. Evernote Basic allows you to "get organized, share your ideas, and sync everywhere."

Evernote for your computer requires you to download and install. Once that is complete, you'll need to create an account - this is so you can sync across your devices. I downloaded it on my computer first and then added the app to my phone. One thing to keep in mind, you do not have to have a version on your computer in order to use Evernote. You can solely use the app if you prefer.

Once your account is setup and you've logged in, you can begin using Evernote. Take a look at the guts of Evernote on my computer.

Full Screen View

Left Side and Middle
Right Side

I have my Notebooks set up on the left of the screen - I have them titled Blog Posts and The Classy Chaos. In the middle are the notes for the current notebook that I have open. I only have one at the moment under the notebook Blog Posts - I named this note Let's talk about Evernote. On the right is the note itself. You can see all of the available features for editing, formatting, recording, presenting, etc. Be sure to read my comments in the note, as I have tried to provide some examples on how you can use the features and functions within.

Curious how it appears on your iPhone? Take a look below. The synchronization happens automatically.  You can create new notebooks, notes, etc. just as you can with the desktop version.

I have some more playing to do. I need to add a couple of more notebooks - one for home, one for church, one for my reading list, etc. - and then I'll create the pages. My son told my husband a couple of weeks ago that he just wanted to "create stuff." I'm pretty sure his idea of fun came from my side.

Hope you've found this helpful. Feel free to share if you use Evernote or something different that you love and cannot function without.


  1. Def gonna look into this. i need it!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  2. I am so old school and HAVE to do a written to-do list but I love this idea for people who use their phones for their calendars/list making!

  3. I love Evernote! I use it mostly for blogging, reading challenges and travel ideas, but its possibilities are infinite. :) Great post!

  4. Evernote is my jam for work! It's such a helpful program!

    1. It is! I love having it at my fingertips and it keeps me so organized. :)

  5. I love Evernote... However mine looks different. I think it's cause I have it in a Chromebook :) Great Post! SHARING!

    1. Thank you so much! :) I just got a notification today that said there is a newer version available. Maybe that's it too.

  6. I've had Evernote for a while, but I've never actually used it. I never played around and learned how to use it. From this blog post I see how much I would love it. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to start playing around and making lists upon lists. :)


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