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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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