If you’re anything like me, you’re really organized. Kind of. But when other people come and see your workspace, they look at you like you’re from planet Pluto (which isn’t even a planet anymore). I’m a space cadet, so maybe I’m from that planet. I honestly don’t know where my brain is sometimes. Moving on. My workspace — my living space — is organized in an unorganized way. I know where everything is, even if it’s in a pyramid pile of clothes. The jacket I wore on Saturday? It’s in that giant pile where my sweatpants, other three jackets, and probably my pants are. I hate pants. But actually. When it comes to my school notes, I have this thing where I take a million in a Pages document (Microsoft Word is waaaaay too expensive for me), and then save it in a folder. Can you imagine opening Pages, opening my files, searching for the right folder, and then figuring out which document I’m looking for? If I’m searching back through months of notes for that one lecture back in early January, to put it plainly, I’m screwed. I might as well just re-read a whole textbook while I’m looking for one page. Duh, use the Table of Contents. I have recently discovered the app called EverNote; a free application that allows you to create “notebooks”, under which you can have different sections of notes.
Typical user interface.
The best part with the organization is that you can easily sort your notebooks by which part of your life they apply to, i.e. Blogging, college, your family (especially if you have kids), work, general interest, and whatever it is that you have going on. If you see an article you dig, you can easily save it to EverNote with the Google Chrome Extension (is there anything Chrome doesn’t do?), and add your own notes as you please. The most baller part of the app — it keeps formatting, and allows you to change it. In the past, I have used CourseNotes because it cost a small amount of money ($5-10 I believe), and in my head, something is (almost) always better if there is a small fee involved. WRONG.
Full-screen mode. Sleek and easy on the eyes. Note: minimal distractions. Hashtag, baller for my techno ADHD.
CourseNotes, like other apps, restricts you to very specific formatting, and there is no tab, change in size // color, or change in font involved. This is an issue for me, when I much prefer to create emphasis with indenting and larger headings. Colors help a bit too. I would much rather review notes that have mild variety to the formatting than those that are all left-justified and black, size twelve, sans serif. This app has kept me incredibly sane the last day that I’ve used it, and is perfect for my technology ADHD which goes from TweetDeck, to notes, to e-mail (all of which I promise I will respond to ASAP), and allows me for quickly go back and click on a different section of notes. Often, I’ll be reading for a class and think of a blog idea; boom, click from class notes to my Blog Ideas notebook, type, and switch back. It’s like tabs in a web browser, for your notes.
In fullscreen mode, opens up Notebooks in a pop-out window. Darkens the background to make sure you’re paying attention. Thanks, EverNote.
EverNote isn’t very aesthetically pleasing, but the nice part is that it’s plain enough so that while you use it, you’re not distracted by a variety of colors and textures in the background and on the sidebars. I have study ADD. I need to focus on typing, and typing only. There are still many features on EverNote I have yet to explore — such as importing PDF documents, the drag-and-drop images feature, and syncing a notebook with a website. For more info on apps for your Mac, click here. I’m kind of spending all night there. It’s fine. #appaddict What do you look for in a productivity app? Have you tried EverNote? What do you think? xoxo, Katelyn