Do You Need More Evernote Use Ideas? Here Are 3 Ways I Use It

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how to use evernoteEvernote is, without a doubt, a multi-faceted tool that can help you accomplish a lot, but when you have that kind of breadth in options and input channels, there’s a chance you could get overwhelmed. Fear not though, for we have many articles describing how you can use it in ways you may not have thought of yet.

Having used Evernote for a few years now and despite an initial fall-out when I didn’t know what I could use it for, I consider myself an enthusiastic user of the service now. Here I present a few of the ways that I use Evernote which go beyond jotting down article ideas for MakeUseOf and shopping list items.


Not long ago, I discovered TheBirdy, an email and SMS-based financial tracking tool, which has worked great for me due to its virtually non-existent learning curve. I email or send a SMS message to TheBirdy containing my expenses and it creates pretty charts that tell me I go out too much to eat, I really need to find a cheaper place to live, etc.

To keep track of my expenses though, I also try to take a picture of the receipts for future reference and store it in Evernote using the Android widget. Evernote’s ability to OCR the image for keyword text is definitely handy when it comes to searching for items that I want to compare in price for another store, attempt to remember if I had already bought an item recently, etc.

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Inspiring Design Album

I don’t know about you but I am highly interested in creating little designs for fun. I’m mainly inspired by the number of great pieces of digital art out there made with free, open-source tools, like GIMP and Inkscape. Thus, whenever I see a website with a gorgeous look or icons that look amazing, I go a little nuts in love with the design and create a screenshot of the magnificent piece with the hope that I’ll eventually be able to create something remotely similar with my amateur GIMP skills.

As you can see in the following screenshot, I even have a dedicated Evernote notebook for my collection of favorite gorgeous-looking websites, buttons, icons, etc.

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Cooking Journal

In case you’re on a journey to perfecting your home-cooking strategies and recipes, here is another use for Evernote as a repository of not only recipes, but also a journal of your cooking experiences. I tend to watch quite a few cooking videos on YouTube, which of course make me really want to shop for items and try new things. As I learn new shortcuts and ways that recipes could have been improved, I jot these tidbits down on a note in Evernote, along with a picture of the item I recently cooked.

If I ever feel the need to share the recipe with my sister or my close friends, I can easily email and share the recipe as well from within Evernote.

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Can you recommend additional uses for Evernote? Let us know why you love (or not) Evernote (or any of its other products) in the comments section below!

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i use my evernote to keep track of my recipes too. i didnt know it was capable of ocr, thanks for sharing. i was hoping to find an app that recognizes text in images but now that i know evernote does that, it makes me love evernote more. i use it for journal writing, and keeping pics of items im planning to buy, along with prices, reviews and alternatives. so much use for evernote!

Jessica Cam Wong

Those are great use ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us!


Juan Chanwong

Spam check: Do you speak English? (yes or no)
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Jessica Cam Wong

At least you’re reading English sentences and understood that field!


Ron C

Well, I sorta warmed up to Evernote. Now I’m beginning to dive in. I bought a Fuji scansnap 1500. Now have 5 drawer metal filing cabinet tossed at the end of my driveway. I went for the Evernote Pro, so to share entries between computers. I’m in ever heaven. My documents are on a server in the cloud and on my two laptops. Other that worrying about my security, no banking info there, but lots of me there, I think I have found the cat’s meow.


Dean Ouellette

These are some great ones. The list is unlimited, but your first one is one of my favorites. I have a taxes notebook i share with my accountant

Jessica Cam Wong

Your idea about sharing a tax notebook with your accountant sounds great! Thanks for sharing!



My name is Danielle and I am with Since you reviewed Evernote I thought you might be interested in reviewing EasyJot. I would love to get your feedback as you seem to know a lot about these sorts of online tools. We are always trying to improve and grow our product. EasyJot is an online note taking software that offers users a simple user interface, unique note sharing features, and a free mobile app to access their notes. I would really appreciate it if you would look into it. Please let me know if you have any questions :) Thank you!

Jessica Cam Wong

Hi Danielle,

Could you please email me more details about EasyJot and why it would be a better option than other note-taking software? Thanks!



I need a good Evernote guide.. I’ve been signed up for years, and have dabbled a bit, but I really need a kick in the ass to get me to dedicate myself to it.

As for the recipe users, has anyone given the Evernote Food app a try? Been meing to move my recipes their, but I have them so scattered about that it really is going to be a project.


Thanks for the suggestion, Radie!

Justin Pot

Our very own Mark is working on one, probably as we speak. Stay tuned!



Well, what can you say about taking notes with Excel+XLnotes add-in? It’s great when you can arrange your notes into a free form structure, not just plain list.



I’m using ‘Evernote’ and ‘Catch’ for all of my note purposes. Is there an app that can show me both services at once (so i won’t have to log in each time)?

Ken Taylor

Try CloudKafe. I’m quite sure they support both of these services.

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