Evernote for Productivity On-the-go
5 Ways to stay on-task no matter where you are
Evernote makes it easy for you to stay productive on-the-go. When you’re on the move—running errands, in meetings, at events, or just commuting, it’s challenging to stay on-task. Evernote lets you start and continue projects from wherever you happen to be, even if you’re offline.
# 1 Get Evernote on all your devices
Install Evernote on all your devices—your phone, your home computer, your work laptop, on your mobile tablet. This way, you can capture all your thoughts and have access to all your notes, no matter where you are.
# 2 Save notes to one notebook now. Sort them later.
Make a habit of saving all your meetings notes, snapshots of receipts, web clips, or audio recordings into the default notebook that comes with your Evernote account. This way, you can avoid having to spend time sorting notes each time you create one. At the end of the day, once you’re back at home (or at your office) and have a few minutes to spare, you can organize your notes by moving them to other notebooks as needed.
To make it easier to find in your notebook list, rename your default notebook to something like “INBOX”. Start with a dash ( - ) or asterisk ( * ) in front of the default notebook name to make it appear at the top of your notebook list: *INBOX.
#3 Work offline when you need to
Because Evernote keeps all your notes and notebooks in the cloud, you can access them from any internet-connected device. When you’re on the go and your internet connection is unavailable or unreliable, set up offline notebooks on your phone or tablet. This way, you can access and edit your notes and notebooks when you’re offline. As soon as you’re re-connected to the internet, all your updates will sync and show up on all your devices. You can continue the work you started, right where you left off. Note: You don’t need to set up offline notebooks when using Evernote for Mac or Windows. As long as you’re signed in to the app, you can use Evernote as your normally would, and changes will sync when you reconnect to the internet.
Set up offline notebooks as shortcuts. This way you’ll have access to flight and hotel confirmations, electronic tickets for events, screenshots of store coupons, and anything else you might want to bring up quickly from your phone.
#4 Create shortcuts for quick access to important info
Create shortcuts so you have quick, one-tap access to important information on your phone or tablet. Shortcuts are easy to set up in Evernote, sync across all devices, and take you directly to frequently-used notes, notebooks, tags, and saved searches directly to the shortcuts section on the sidebar.
Stay on top of your to-do items by creating tags such as ‘to do’ and ‘done’ to add to notes which require action. Add these status tags to your shortcuts for easy access to the things you need to work on.
#5 Keep your notes safe and secure
If you’re planning on accessing your notes and notebooks on your mobile devices, it’s a good idea to set up additional layers of security. Evernote offers two-step verification for account-level security as well as passcode and Touch ID for device-level security. We recommend turning on all available security options in Evernote. While doing so does not encrypt your notes, it does make it much harder to access your content if your device is lost or stolen.
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