As a millennial, I have grown up in the age of the internet. I prefer to be paperless in my communication, and I’m not sure how I would get around town without my iPhone and Google Maps. But one thing that I have kept in my career is a paper to-do list.
Last month, my paper to-do lists got put into the trash – ahem – recycling bin thanks to Evernote. It started as a way to sync all of my notes – for meetings, client communication, and project timelines – between my laptop, iMac, and phone. For the past month, it has proven to be even more useful than anticipated.
Here are 4 tips to get the most out of your digital to-do list:
- Document Everything into the App. I mean everything.
Going paperless is only going to work if you put all of your notes into the app. Consolidate the notes from your Notepad on iPhone, the paper to-do list by your cold cup of coffee, and the emails you have saved in your inbox to “read later”. Once you have every note and list in the app, then you can organize into notebooks, link notes together, and add tags (see #2).
- Tag Every Note
Create common tags and keep a master key. For example, “To do”, “Client A”, “Meeting”- or get even more granular and tag the people in each meeting. The next time you say, “Who did I share that great idea with?” You’ll know. Tags allow you to search through your pile of notebooks and notes to find exactly what you need.
- Utilize Voice Recordings
Record voice memos, meetings, or practice for that big pitch. Using the voice recordings makes sure nothing is lost in translation. This will hold not only yourself but your team members accountable as well. Deliver what you promised, when you promised it (and hold others to do the same).
- Capture Screen Shots
Ever saved a web page in the Bookmarks tab, only to re-visit and see a dreaded 404? With Evernote Web Clipper, you can save any web content to Evernote. Clip articles, reservation confirmations, product pages, and anything else on the web to keep them handy and searchable in Evernote, forever.
Click here to try Evernote today!
And for those days when you want to write in a notebook and doodle, no worries! You can scan it right into your app for later. Good luck and stay productive!