Sitting right next to me is a military grade filing cabinet. I mean literally; my dad snagged it from surplussed equipment at the base he worked. I have been using it for years, particularly drawer two from the bottom. That one is the most handy from my swivel chair. I use the other drawers too, but this is the default one.
Evernote has notebooks. You can have lots of them. Maybe not as many as the word “notebook” suggests. So instead, think of them like drawers in a filing cabinet. One of them is your go-to drawer. By that I mean that unless you specify otherwise new notes will be saved in there, so too will web clippings and material you email to your Evernote account.
What should I name my default notebook?
What you name your default notebook is mostly personal preference. Some like to use “Inbox” because it is a great reminder that this is the primary portal into your Evernote world. I named my default notebook “!General”. The ‘general’ part is self-explanatory, but why the leading special character? That’s there to ensure my default notebook sorts to the top. It just makes it handy to find, especially when I am on my mobile device.
Should I have more than one notebook?
Yes. That is the simple part. However, what particular additional notebooks you should create is dependent on your preferences and purposes. I have a notebook for templates, another for this blog, and another for meeting notes. You might also want to consider notebooks by project. Brandon Kelly (Rookie Preacher) organizes his notebooks according to productivity, preaching/teaching and research.
For those of you who preach and teach regularly, don’t too quickly decide that every ‘talk’ should have it’s own notebook. Given current system limits, a user cannot have more than 250 personal notebooks. Instead of notebooks, you might benefit from using tags to organize individual talks (system limits = 100,000 tags).
What is a notebook stack?
A notebook stack is a visual grouping of notebooks according to a user-defined theme or category. For example, if you created notebooks for each project, then you could create a stack and label it “Current Projects Stack”. I believe the chief value in stacking is to simplify the visual presentation of a large number of notebooks.
What do you like about how you have setup your notebooks?by