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Using Evernote as a Planner Update

In my last post I explained how I was using Evernote to plan my life.  After using it for about a month its not working!  I think the biggest reason it is not working for me is because I sit in front of a computer all day at work and most nights it was a chore to have to go to Evernote to see what was going on.  When I am at home I want to spend my limited computer time doing what I love and planning in Evernote was not it!  I'm a little disappointed because I thought I had found the perfect solution.

Enter the Bullet Journal or #bujo!  I am super excited about this.  This is my current planning system. {I am not an artist so please excuse my sad drawings and not so wonderful handwriting}



I am able to plan my days ahead and also as things happen that day.  I can be as creative as I want to...which is the biggest reason I love this system.  I have lists throughout my journal.  Everything is easy to find using the Index at the beginning of the journal.  This is so much more than a planner!  I like that I can journal about my day and keep track of things like my health and any habits I am trying to keep up with.  All of this could be done in Evernote but there is just something about actually writing things down.

I have been keeping a genealogy log in my journal as well.  I do have a separate notebook for genealogy research notes.  These notes then get scanned to Evernote.  My journal will also be scanned into Evernote for easy reference.  Hopefully I have found my planner peace!


Did you try using Evernote to plan your days?  Did it work or are you using something else?


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Using Evernote for my planner

In my last post, I mentioned how I am using Evernote as my planner; a few of you have had some questions so here I am.

I started using Evernote the week of December 23rd.  I was looking for a new planner for 2017 and I was not liking anything that I was finding.  I keep lists of all sorts of things in Evernote so it only made sense to try and find a way to use Evernote for my planner.  I did a little bit of research and found these templates for 2017.  With a little adjusting, I was able to make the weekly template work for me.

I first created a folder called Day Planner {I put the folder in my Inbox stack because I spend the most time here}.

!Inbox -- default notebook.  Anything coming into Evernote goes here to be sorted and dealt with {It is piling up today}. Ideally, this is emptied every day but for me, it is more like a few times a week.

!TO DO -- This is the notebook that holds some of those lists.  My genealogy to do list, my blog to do list and my brainstorming list live here…

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 …