OK. I am a list maker. And I LOVE to check things OFF my list….it makes me feel so accomplished! I’ve been making them forever and like Kate Wicker, I remember putting “shower” on my list when my kids were small so that I could remind myself that I DID actually DO a lot during the day. I still make lists, however, with 4 kids getting older and into more activities, additional schedules to juggle, school and sport fees to pay, work schedules, things to be done around the house, etc, etc, etc….(I’m sure you have a similar “list-issue” in your house) it gets quite boggled and I’ve lost SEVERAL lists which does NADA as far as list-productivity goes, so it was with great curiosity I read Dorian Speed‘s article on Catholicmom.com regarding EVERNOTE. At first, I didn’t quite “get it” and how I would or could use this app. However, I downloaded it to my MacBook and my phone and let me just say, Holy!!! Cow!!! This thing rocks. Here are a few examples why I find it incredibly useful, maybe you’ll be a convert, too!
- The app communicates between your PC/Mac/phone, whatev…..if you make a list or tag an article on your home computer and you are away from home, it’s on your phone! And vice versa. Ask yourself how many times you’ve “left it at home”. Too many times to count for me.
- You can make a list and edit it….
- You can take a picture and that can be your list
- You can make folders of lists…..disclaimer here…..I haven’t used this YET, but feel certain I will….Each kid needs their own folder as well as Hubby and I!
- There’s a cutie little app called Skitch that can be used as well with it…a photo app for screen savers, however, I’ve yet to give it the patience it needs to figure it out…it’s a fun thing, not as much a productivity thing…plus I don’t do a ton of screen savers anyhoo..
A few of the things that have come in handy FOR ME on Evernote that have helped me tremendously:
- Putting in each boy’s class schedule and teacher for quick access if I need to communicate with the school as well as their Alpha codes
- A picture of the school calendar to keep track of days off, holidays and early release days….I know, I know, just put it in the calendar…which I do, but I always seem to MISS something somewhere…it’s a cross-check
- Pictures of freezer recipes for the week. This made making the grocery list WAAAY quicker since I didn’t have to flip through the mag to find them, but could just scroll through and find my recipes and ingredients!
- Soccer schedule and fee calendar, getting those checks in on time….
- Cheer schedule and snack list—-don’t want to forget MY day for frozen grapes—(next game), lest those cheerleaders be snack-less.
I haven’t convinced my Hubby to use it yet, however, he’s more of a touch it once and deal with it kind of person and I’m a write it down, ponder it, get back to it kind of person. On the plus side, I’m losing FAR less lists and on Day 2 of school when our sweet 7th grader couldn’t quite remember his class schedule, I just copied it and texted it to him. Sweeeeeeeet!!!