Apps have become one of the easiest ways to keep your life running smoothly. We have apps for organizing your work week and for copying text from photos (finally!). We have seen some great apps this year, but one of our absolute favorites as far as productivity goes remains the ever trusty Evernote.

You’ve probably heard of it, but do you know how much it can really do for you? We’re guessing not. Here we’ll show you the basics of the app, as well as some of the best ways Evernote can help you get super organized.


See everything at a glance. Evernote’s home screen offers a great way to keep track of the different places things are stored in the app: notebooks, individual notes and even work chats with your colleagues. You can also change what appears on your home screen by going to Settings > Home Screen. From here you can add (or remove) notebooks, work chat, tags (keywords you can use to group things into categories) and even places (assuming you have location turned on in your device settings). If you don’t like the light theme pictured above, you can also choose between classic and dark. Check it out below:


As you can see, there are plenty of other settings to mess with, but most are just minor tweaks that you can adjust to your liking. One useful feature we want to mention though is the Evernote email address — if you want to send something to Evernote but don’t have the Web Clipper installed, you can go to Settings > General > Evernote Email Address to find where you should send that important article or photo. Pretty handy, right?


Clean up your notebooks with swipes. Maybe you don’t need all your notes from last month’s meetings or past projects, or maybe you need to mark a specific note so you know it’s important and can come back to it later. What do these things have in common? You can control them by swiping left on the note previews themselves. You can even snooze notes to come back to them later.


Keep separate notebooks for different projects and items. One of the best things about Evernote is the ease with which you can set up different notebooks so you can categorize all of the stuff in your super busy life. Some of our favorite notebook ideas include useful articles, to-read lists, grocery lists, recipes, your bucket list and receipt archives (no more shoeboxes overflowing on your floor!). Evernote is especially good at receipts because it uses OCR (optical character recognition) technology which makes your photos searchable for text. So you can search for names of items or amounts and Evernote will direct you to the correct note containing the receipt in question. Pro tip: This feature also works great for business cards. Just make sure you allow the app access to your phone’s camera, and you’re good to go!

That’s a lot of info, we know, but now you have the best tips for getting started with a handy little app that just may help make your life a little less crazy.

What would you use Evernote for? Do you use it already? Tell us @BritandCo!