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Over at Anglers Rest Julie Goucher posted Planners, Notebooks & How it Came to be about her planning system.  I thought I would share how I plan and keep track of everything that I do.


As most of you know I use Evernote for my brain but sometimes I just have to write things down.  I have always used some sort of planner.  I even used Evernote for a planner for a while but I missed putting pen to paper.  


There are tons of options for planners.  I currently use a Chic Sparrow Traveler's Notebook.  It is in the Mr. Darcy Leather and the color is a retired color called Mayflower.  {This was gifted to me by a wonderful person and friend...she is the best} I've also grown to love fountain pens but that is a post for another time.  



Inside the front cover there are some sticky pockets with clips and some business cards.  On the right is a dashboard that I made and in the pocket are some stickers.


This is the other side of the dashboard with a picture from our wedding almost 14 years ago.  On the right is the front of the Rhodia dot grid notebook that I use.


The back of my dashboard with a notepad in the pocket.  On the right is another notebook that I use for GeneaBloggersTRIBE stuff.  In this travelers notebook I have room for 4 notebooks.  I currently have three in this one; the one you do not see is where I write down my monthly goals.



 I keep many different things in my Rhodia  notebook.  I track my migraines and my fibromyalgia pain each day.

 A monthly calendar with appointment and important dates and bills that need to be paid.


  Each week has a two page spread where I keep my work hours, appointments, and to dos.  There is also a tracker for each week where I track cleaning, blogging, and personal care.


 At the end of all of my weekly spreads there is a place for notes.  Usually there are genealogy notes here.  Sometimes it will include notes from YouTube videos, Podcasts, and Webinars all about various topics.  If I jot something on a sticky note it ends up here as well.  {This note is about how my husband and I are 5th cousins...another post for another time.}


I also use my Google Calendar for monthly appointments and future planning so I have it with me on the go.  My travelers notebook usually sits on the left corner of my desk where I can easily get to it.  It is perfect for tossing in my bag if I need to take it with me.


 What planner do you use? Or do you do something different?





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How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.

NOTE: 2 Feb 2014 -- Link updated to shared notebook

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Today I did a Google+ hangout on air about Evernote for Genealogy.   Once I watched the video I saw that I was not a very good cameraman!

Hopefully this will clear up any questions you may have.





How I use Evernote for my genealogy.

I use Evernote to store everything including my genealogy research.
You want to use Evernote in a way that makes sense to you.  Tags, notebooks, no tags or no notebooks; do whatever works the best for you.
Notebooks (the blue box)
Notebooks are sorted alphabetically so if there are notebooks you want at the top of your list you can use ! or @ or ~ in front of your notebook title.  In my image, for example, I have my INBOX notebook with an ! in front to keep this notebook at the top of the list.  I use a ~ to keep my GENEALOGY notebook stacks together.  I have an ARCHIVE notebook and in front of that I put an x to keep it at the bottom of …