How To Keep Your Blog Organized With Evernote

If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you’ve experienced firsthand how easy it to get overwhelmed by blogging and all that it involves. Keeping organized is key. That’s where tools like Evernote or OneNote can really help out. What is Evernote? Well, Sharon from Mom of 6 is here to tell you!

At Mom of 6 I blog about all things related to Mom-organization… how to set up your family calendar, how to create manageable routines for your kids to get out of the house in the morning, how to pack for a road trip, etc. So it should be no surprise that I would approach blogging with the same uber-organized mindset!

I firmly believe that “everything has a place and everything should be in its place”- so you know… you can actually find it again when you need it. This is a great mantra to employ whether you running a blog or a household- or (as most of us do) both. So today I am going to introduce you to one of the greatest organizational tools EVER… Evernote!

When you get started in the blogging world, you come across tons of fabulous ideas… it might be a post on SITSGirls on how to create a fabulous Facebook landing page, or an idea of how to increase your twitter followers that you found in an e-book, or maybe even some notes that you’ve made on great ideas for future posts. The question is- where do you keep this growing pile of notes and ideas?

As bookmarks in your web browser?

Printed and filed in a notebook?

Pinned on a Pinterest board?

While all of these are valid possibilities- none allow you the capability of holding all of your ideas- whether they come from a website, a photo, typed up notes, or even a .pdf file- in one place. But Evernote does just that- and it can sync all of your information across every web-enabled device that you have- your smart phone, your tablet, as well as your computer- so you have access to your notes no matter where you are working.

And did I mention… Evernote is FREE? (My frugal side just loves that!)

How To Use Evernote

Let me show you a little peek at my Evernote Blogger’s Notebook- where I keep all of my ideas and articles on things that I would like to do with my blog:

How To Use Evernote

Organize Your Notebook Into Folders

On the left side of my Evernote window I have a main folder called “Blogging Notes” and within that folder I have lots of sub-folders that I use to organize categories of my blogging life- such as “Blog Changes I Want to Make”, “Facebook”, and “Stats”. In this picture I am peeking into my Facebook folder, looking as the 12 different notes that I’ve stored here.

So how did these notes get into my Evernote notebooks? Most of the time I am clipping and pasting the note right from an article that I have found on the web:

How To Use Evernote

I simply highlight the portion of the article that I wish to save for future reference, select Edit/Copy from my browser window, and then click on the Evernote icon on my desktop (elephant shaped), select Paste to Evernote… and voila- the new note has been created.

How To Use Evernote

Making Changes To Your Notes

Once the note is living in Evernote, I can edit and change the title, I can add tags to the note to make it easier to find later, and I can change the notebook where this note is filed. The clipped note also contains the original web link for future reference- just in case I would ever like to go back to the original article.

Creating New Notes

Of course, you can just create a note by clicking on the little elephant icon, selecting New Note, and then just start letting the thoughts flow:

How to Use Evernote

Creating Tasks or To Do Lists

One of my favorite features when typing a new note is adding a little task box next to listed items, so you can check them off as you complete them! And notes saved in Evernote are “searchable” by keywords, tags, or even words inside of the note, which is really helpful when you can’t remember where you filed your 2010 Holiday Card list! (And you sure can’t do that with a piece of paper misfiled in your house somewhere!) You can print a note, email it, or even post it to Twitter or Facebook should that be your heart’s desire.

Beyond Your Blog!

Beyond just using Evernote as an organizational tool for my “Blogger’s Notebook”, I also use it to clip recipes that I find on cooking blogs, craft ideas that I think would be fun to do with my kids, and lists of books that I would like to read (someday, when I’m 97 and actually find some “free time”!). Give Evernote a try, I think you’ll love it too!

(I am in no way being compensated by the fine folks at Evernote… I am just an adoring fan!)

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About the Author

My name is Sharon and I am the busy Mom of six children ages 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5. People often ask me “How do you do it?” I tell them that my key to success lies in planning ahead, with a whole lot of creativity and organization thrown in! Momof6 is the place where I share all of my tips and techniques to inspire you to tackle your own busy life!

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Comments

  1. Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy says:

    I used to be super organized in my pre-baby career life, but have struggled with it ever since quitting my job. Hence the blog name. This is pretty awesome!! Hopefully it can solve a lot of my problems.
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  2. Just started using Evernote. The best thing ever! lol

    Pam
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  3. Great info! I began using Evernote a few months ago and love it. I especially like that I can use it offline which is great when I am somewhere I can’t access Wifi.
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  4. I thought EverNote was just a smart phone app – I need to take a 2nd look. Thanks!!!
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  5. this is fascinating, I have never heard of evernote – but would love to jump in – as always with something new, sometimes it can feel a little intimidating trying to get started with something like this, but I really love organization and would love to give it a shot!
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  6. What a great tool!
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  7. Wow – finally a how to use evernote efficiently that I can relate to. I have it on the devices, just never use it :( Think I’m going to have to give it a shot. Thanks!
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  8. This looks like it could work great but I KNOW I would just focus on playing around with it and not writing! LOL
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  9. Love, love Evernote! I have blogged about it several times as well, without compensation. Just a great tool!
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  10. Great tips! I love Evernote but I had no idea of all of its uses. I have it on my IPhone but only use it to jot down blog ideas as they come to me. Sometimes I’m sleeping and am too lazy to get up and get a pen so I either type it in Evernote or use a voice recording for future reference. I’ll definitely be checking out the other uses above.
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  11. I love Evernote – helps me so much with blog posts that I write — and now I’m storing my #NaNoWriMo novel on it so that I can access it from anywhere and whenever I feel like writing.

    I like that you showed me more about it – thanks! :)
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  12. This stresses me out!

  13. You are my new hero! I will be saving trees as I print and file … this is perfect! Thank you ~ I’m all smiles.

  14. I can’t wait to try it!! Sounds fabulous!
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  15. I have an account but had no idea you could do all that!
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  16. Sharon – this is fantastic! I’ve heard of Evernote but have never seen it so visually and user-friendly displayed and explained as your post here. I’m sure it will trump my 3-ring notebook with papers slipped here and there, other piles of notes clipped and set on that shelf, and more than a couple spiral notepads and calendars. I stopped by your blog while I was here too – loaded with helpful information – what a find for a Tuesday morning! Thanks so much.

    The Empty Nest Mom
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  17. I have Evernote but wasn’t really taking advantage of its functionality. Thanks so much for the tips!
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  18. I ADORE EverNote! I used it as a Project Manager and this is how I maintain my blogs, my blog ideas, my guest posts, the contacts I’ve made, etc. It is great for just about anything you do! Great post!
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  19. Sharon, this looks FASCINATING! I’m off to take my kid with the very spotted face to the dermatologist, but I wish I had EVERNOTE NOW, so I could make a note to investigate this when I get home!

    I did the next best thing: I bookmarked this post, and I will read it again when I get home.

    Thanks again!
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  20. This is awesome!! I love lists and am constantly writing notes for items I find online. This will make all my notes way more organized! My favorite part is that it keeps the original link so you know where the idea came from.
    Stephanie’s Mommy Brain recently posted..A Visit with Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation

  21. Thanks for this post. My husband has been recommending Evernote but never explained it this way. It’s time to give it a try.
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  22. Ohhh I like, I like, I like. :)
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  23. Evernote would be so much better than the little pile of papers I keep on my desk!
    Ginny Marie recently posted..Let Them (not) Eat Cake

  24. Leeanne says:

    This looks like an easy (& awesome) way to keep track of our brains, I know since I started my blog livefromleeannesmind.com back in October I have.had so many influe.ces & ideas that.seem great & then slip away somewhere never to be heard from again lol. I cant wait till I get home.& can start using this! Thanks for the.wonderful tip!

  25. What a great tip! I bookmarked this page so that I could come back to it later – which really proves that I need to use Evernote! Thanks!!
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  26. This really sounds like a wonderful tool!
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  27. Oh, I am SO excited about this! Thanks for sharing, I just downloaded it and can’t wait to give it a try!
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  28. I love Evernote, it’s always open on my machin, the best thing about it is that it’s FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    It works really well for me and I organise my entire life with it.
    Jade @ No Longer 25 recently posted..Memories of Orkney X {Scotland}

  29. Thanks for this explanation; I had put Evernote on my iPhone but didn’t really get how to use it. . .so I haven’t been using it. Will try again and maybe free up a little brain space! Love your blog, btw. Have a great day!
    Louise Ducote recently posted..My Girl

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