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10 Ways To Organize Your Home With Evernote

10 Ways To Organize Your Home With Evernote

Technology has become an everyday part of our lives. At work, on vacation, and even out in the car, we use mobile devices and computers for everything. We can even use technology to help us organize our home. In this article I’ll show you 10 ways to organize your home with Evernote.

Scan Your Receipts and Documents

Organize and declutter by scanning all your receipts and documents into Evernote. Not only will your home be more organized, the documents will be easier to find with Evernote’s outstanding search function.

Take a Home Inventory

Organize your home by taking an inventory of your possessions using your mobile device and Evernote.

Having an easily accessible home inventory helps you avoid unnecessary purchases, make better decision on purchases you do need, and be prepared in case of any insurance claims that need documentation.

Save Your Manuals in Evernote

Simply search for the manual online and download the .pdf file right into Evernote. If you can’t find a copy online, scan your paper copy into Evernote.

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Recycle your old manuals to reduce clutter in your home.

Simplify Hard-To-Remember Home Care

Create a step-by-step how-to of that once a year, difficult-to-remember process.

For example, sometimes my husband and I have trouble remembering all the steps and levers to turning our sprinklers and water on and off as the seasons change. To solve this problem we simply took pictures of each step and the correct position to leave the levers and stored them as an Evernote photo note. Enhance the note with text, record yourself explaining the process, or let the pictures speak for themselves.

Organize Recipes in Evernote

Recipes can be added to Evernote via the Evernote web clipper by typing them in, taking a photo of the recipe, or scanning them. I regularly use all of these methods depending on where I find the recipe I want to add. Add recipes to several notebooks to make the organization easier.

For example, all of my recipes notebooks are titled “Food: <descriptor>”. The descriptor could be beverage, beef or snack. Use what matches your current recipe categories.

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Evernote tags can be used to call out some of the main ingredients in the recipe, making searching even easier in the future.

This tip helps you organize your home as there is no longer a need to keep several recipe boxes, magazines and tons of cookbooks. All you have to do to find a particular recipe is search Evernote and then refer to your computer or mobile device as you cook.

Plan Your Meals in Evernote

Meal planning in simple and easy in Evernote. Create a new note and link to the recipes you want to use for the meal you are planning.

Plan either one meal or a whole week’s worth of meals in a note.

Design Changes To Your Home

Save ideas for home updates, redesign or decor in Evernote.

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Find yourself inspired while you are out and about? Simply snap an Evernote photo note. If you have the location function turned on, Evernote will save the location you were in when you created the note as well. This can make it easy to go back and find an item you “discovered” months ago if you can’t recall the store.

Plan Your Home Upgrades

We used Evernote extensively as we finished our basement recently.

First, we saved a list of ideas about what we wanted to use our basement for, pictures of things we liked and the floorplan. As we began to work with contractors we save the list of potential contractors, the estimates we received, and the contract with the one we chose.

Home Maintenance Routines

Organize your home by saving your home maintenance routines in Evernote. A home requires daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance.

Save those maintenance items into Evernote to easily find and use them as you complete the items. Use Evernote reminders to get notification of what needs to be done.

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This could be remembering to clean the coils of your fridge, your spring cleaning list, or when to change the light bulbs.

Easily Remember Your Home’s Service Needs

Put your service reminders in Evernote. Home organization is easy when the info you need is easily accessible.

Need yearly furnace maintenance? Add a note in Evernote with your furnace’s information: simply take a picture of the unit, the make and model. Add information about the service company you like to work with and the schedule of recent maintenance you’ve received.

If you’ve scanned in the receipts and saved the manual for the furnace, add in links to those notes as well. Now, add a reminder for when service needs to occur next.

When you are notified that it is time for service, you will have all of the necessary information at your fingertips to contact the service company.

Are you ready to organize your home with Evernote? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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