This post was most recently updated on January 17th, 2019
This article shows you how to use Evernote to increase your productivity.
Successful blogging is about managing large volumes of information.
Knowing where to find something quickly that you read yesterday, a week ago, or even a month ago.
That means tagging and storing every piece of key content that you come across.
And that's where Evernote comes in...
A System That Will Save You Hours
You see, I have a system that means I know exactly where to find any article I’ve ever come across. And I can do it on my laptop, my smartphone, or any other platform.
It's very simple and I’m going to show you how you can do it as well.
It’ll save you hours of lost time and make you much more efficient.
First of all, open a free account in Evernote, if you don’t already have one.
Then go to the Evernote download page and get the Evernote app. There's one for IOS and one for Android.
Open the Evernote app and click on ‘Notebooks’ and then ‘+ New Notebook’:
Name your new Notebook ‘Valuable Articles’ and check the ‘Private’ button.
Then click ‘Create’:
Now double-click on the Notebook titled ‘Valuable Articles’:
Now click on ‘New Note in Valuable Articles’:
In the next window give your Note a name:
Once you’ve created your first Note in the ‘Valuable Articles’ notebook, you'll see a screen like this:
The Notes Become Your Categories
These notes are the categories that you’ll be using to organise your articles.
- Round Up Articles
- How To Use Twitter
- Affiliate Marketing
- Promoting Blog Posts on Facebook
- Getting Traffic From Quora
- Blogger Outreach
- Getting Traffic to Your Blog
- Creating Your Own Info Product
- How To Set Up LeadBox Exit Popup
- Success Stories
- How To Interview People for a Blog Post
- Guest Blogging
- How To Do Round Up Articles
- Getting More Optins
- Lead Magnets
- Pillar Posts
- Creating Blog Graphics
- Social Media
- Email Marketing
=> TIP: The more specific you are in naming your categories, the easier it will be to find the article. For example, ‘Blogger Outreach’ is part of the category ‘Getting Traffic To Your Blog’. But giving ‘Blogger Outreach’ its own category makes the article much easier to find.
When you’ve finished setting up your categories, your screen will look like this:
This is what Evernote calls ‘Card View’. But there are other ways of viewing your Notes.
Click on the icon in the top far right corner and you’ll see a number of different viewing options:
‘Side List View’ is the most compact and allows you to see all your categories (Notes) at a glance:
Let’s say you come across some great articles on blogger outreach.
Click on the ‘blogger outreach’ category (Notes) and drop the URLs into that Note:
Now comes the fun part! Creating a Table of Contents…
Select any one of the categories or Notes in the left-hand pane and then go to ‘Edit’, ‘Select All’ or CMD A (on a Mac):
You'll see a window with the Notes arranged like a hand of cards:
Click the button that says: ‘Create Table of Contents Note’.
Now you’ll see that your categories or Notes have been arranged into a Table of Contents:
Create a Table of Contents
Your categories are now like chapters of a book. Click on any one of them and you’ll see your list of articles under that category:
To return to the Table of Contents, just click the back button in the top left of the screen.
7 Ways to Use Evernote To Increase Your Productivity
- Save every useful article you find in an Evernote Notebook, with a tag (e.g. building email list, guest blogging, wordpress plugins, SEO, how to create blog graphics, copywriting, blogger outreach, influencer marketing)
- When you see an exit-intent popup that is particularly effective, save it to Evernote using the ‘Screen Capture’ option. Build up a swipe file of killer popups.
- Create a note for the blog post you’re currently working on and save it to a Notebook called ‘Work In Progress’. Next time you’re in the doctor’s waiting room, waiting to pick up your car, waiting to pick up your kids etc, pull out your smartphone, open the Evernote App and continue working on your new blog post.
- Send a pdf as an attachment, addressed to your Evernote email account.
- Forward important emails to your Evernote email account.
- Share articles and PDF’s with collaborators, using Shared Notebooks.
- Use Evernote’s Voice Note feature to record yourself a memo, when you’re on the go.
Have you discovered ways use Evernote to increase your productivity?
Has it changed the way you handle content? Do you use it in ways that I didn't mention?
If so, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. And remember, I always reply to comments.