So, there’s no doubt that I love Evernote. I’ve been writing a long series about homeschooling with Evernote, I include tips and strategies for using Evernote for home management in Paperless Home Organization, and Evernote is simply my external brain. Everyone should have an external brain of one sort or another, and Evernote is mine.
Michelle recently emailed me with some Evernote questions:
I have been reading, and rereading, your posts on using Evernote for homeschooling. I’ve been trying to use Evernote for the past year or so off and on for homeschooling with little success. I am finding your series really helpful. I think where I am getting hung up is on the organization of the stacks, notebooks and notes. […] I guess what I’m looking for is maybe a layout of all the stacks, notebooks and notes.
You got it. Here’s a snapshot of my Evernote:
I keep everything corralled into one of nine stacks. These stacks are named after my vocations. Developing your own vocation categories and goals is part of Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done, so I won’t go into that here.
The stacks are numbered so that they are ordered in the order I want them in and not alphabetically by their names. The “Records” and “Reference” stacks are like long-term archives – information goes in there when it’s no longer current, but I’m probably not going to need it unless I need to know something about what happened years ago.
If it’s information I’ll be wanting access to for current use, it goes in one of the 5 vocation stacks.
I’ll show you inside my Homemaker stack:
Every project has its own notebook, as do different categories of notes, and also different sets of reference information.
I use symbols before the name of some in order to keep them at either the top (current projects) or the bottom (rarely used reference) of the stack. The “vacations” reference notebook, for example, houses shopping and packing lists for various longer trips we’ve made so that when I start to plan a vacation, I don’t have to start from scratch.
Just seeing these sorts of things is much more helpful than 1000 words written out trying to explain it.
If you have any further questions, just let me know!