Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Evernote: How I Want to get Better at Planning My Meals

If you haven't heard of Evernote, you might be living under a rock.

Evernote is one of the simplest and most powerful productivity tools that you can download for free on all of your devices. I use Evernote on the iMac that we use to publish this blog, on my iPhone, and on my iPhone. I use it online on my work computer, and could make changes to my notes anywhere in the world on any computer.

The concept is simple. You create a new note, it syncs to your cloud, and you can pull it up from anywhere.

I used Evernote pretty extensively as a reporter at the Bay City Times, and I'm starting to use it even more with my work at Exclusive Resorts. It's a really easy way to stay organized — and if I need to check something work-related at home, I can easily do it.

This week, Erin started her work's busy season, which means 12 hour days and late nights. Of course, it's tough for both of us. Erin will certainly be tired and I'll miss her at night, but we work really hard as a newlyweds to make it through the next few months.

With Erin gone, however, more pressure is on me to plan dinners for one (Erin has her dinner picked up every night by her company). And if you read Erin's blog post on Sundays, doing our meal planning and grocery shopping on Sunday works really well.

In comes Evernote.

Evernote allows me to copy recipes and create grocery shopping lists easily and neatly. So, when I see a recipe that I like, I copy the ingredients, convert it into a check list, and then paste the directions and a photo of the meal. I check off the items we already have in our kitchen. Not only does it look really nice and organized, it also saves time creating a grocery list.

I really only (kind of) started using these steps this week, but I definitely hope to get better at it. Here's an example photo of what I see on our desktop:

And then when I go to the grocery store, I pull out my iPhone, and this is what I see:

So, readers! Go to, create an account, download the app on all of your devices, and start organizing your life! If you want more ideas on how to best use it, check out the Evernote's "Noteworthy Blog". It's one of my favorite blogs to read.

Do you use Evernote to help organize your life? Let us know by leaving a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this looks like a super powerful tool- may have to download it and give it a shot!