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A Great Online Tool To Keep You Organized

This post is a little different from the usual posts about running a cleaning business. But with everyone using apps and online tools to run their business, I wanted to share one that I've come to rely on.

I spend a lot of time at my desk and like most people, I tend to end up with different piles of paper around the office. Now my office isn't a total disaster, but I could definitely use some improvement.

After a time, you start to forget what is in each of those piles, and then one day you decide to go through things and think, "Oh yes, I was going to do this and never did get around to it!" Duh, that's because it's been sitting under five other papers you've been meaning to do something with.

Another one of my problems is that I love legal pads -- big ones, small ones -- doesn't matter. I'm always making lists and taking notes on things I want to remember. And guess what happens to those legal pads and loose sheets of paper? They end up in one of those piles.

Something's gotta give!

There is a tool I've been familiar with for years and have used it on and off, but never really got the value of how to use it to reduce the amount of paper I use in my office. And more importantly, how to reduce the number of piles on my desk!

It's called Evernote. I'm sure a lot of you have heard about Evernote, and either never tried it or like me, signed up for the free version and never really used it much.

I was listening to a series of educational webinars a few weeks ago, and was busily writing my notes when I suddenly stopped and thought this is ridiculous. All these notes are going to go in a pile, never to be read again. I remembered Evernote and decided to use it. So for every webinar I watched, I created a new "note" and proceeded to type my notes as I listened/watched. Another thing I love about this tool is that you can simply copy and paste graphics right into your note!

Over the next few weeks, every time I found myself pulling out my legal pad I stopped myself and went to Evernote instead. Now it's so much easier to find my notes, and actually read them (because my handwriting isn't that easy to read).

Evernote can do many things, and you can read all about it on their website, but one of the things I really like is that I can access my account on my tablet and smart phone. So now if I want to save a web page or refer to my notes on the road, Evernote is always there for me.

If you need a little help getting organized, I highly recommend Evernote (no, I'm not getting paid to say that). In fact, I've been using it so much lately I decided to break down and pay the small yearly fee of $45 so I can set up several Notebooks with different topics. In fact I've started going through my piles and typing some of those hand-written notes into Evernote and my piles are starting to shrink - Yay!

Do you use Evernote? I'd love to hear about the creative ways you're using it! Post your comments below.