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A Complete Guide on using Evernote for Digital Journaling

Updated on June 10, 2020
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Risha Khan has been using the Evernote app for taking notes for research, creating to-do lists and adding important links.

Introduction to Evernote

There are lots of apps to make our life simple and organized. Evernote is one such app that can be used for so many purposes. It allows you to take notes, prepare lists and even import photos to make your journaling experience better.

Like other apps, the Evernote app can also be used on both smartphones and desktops. You can make and save notes in offline mode and changes are automatically synchronized once you are connected to the internet. To install Evernote:

  • You can download the app from the Google Play Store (Android users) or the App Store (Apple users).
  • For your desktop computer/laptop, make an account on the Evernote website

Features of Evernote

This app has two accounts: Basic and Business. The basic account is free. If you want to upgrade your basic account to the business account, charges are 190 INR (monthly) or 125 INR (annually). The app has the following features:

  1. It allows you to create “Notebooks” and you can create as many notebooks as you want. They help you to make your notes organized. Once you have created your notebook, you can create several notes within that notebook.
  2. There are text formatting tools similar to any word processing software (like MS Word) to make your journaling experience better. The desktop version provides more tools as compared to the mobile version. You can change the color,size and font type of the text, select different header options and insert tables, dividers and code blocks.
  3. You can add photos as well as PDF documents. It also allows you to insert links and templates.
  4. The app also provides a chrome extension known as “Web Clipper”. It allows you to select and save a screenshot of a web page.
  5. When you use the app in your smartphone, information is safe as you can set a PIN code to lock/unlock. The latest smartphones have a fingerprint sensor to unlock phones/apps.


Getting Started with Evernote

Once you have installed the app on your phone/desktop, it is time to start journaling. The following steps will help you to create a new journal:

1) Click on “New Notebook” or the icon displayed in the form of a notebook with a plus sign. You can create a new notebook every month, for example, “June Journal”. You also have an option to rename your notebook later.

2) After creating your notebook, click on (+) icon to create a new note. The mobile version allows you to choose more options such as scribbling your own handwriting, adding an audio clip, attachment, photo and reminder. Select “Text Note”.

3) Add the title of your note as the current day and date. You can sort your journal notes using "Sort options" ( arrow pointing downwards with three horizontal lines to the right).

Important Tools of the Evernote app
Important Tools of the Evernote app

4) It is time to get started with the daily tasks. You can use the Checkbox option as a to-do list.

  • Click anywhere below the title note.
  • Now click on the drop-down arrow near “More” and a menu appears. Select the “Checkbox”. An empty box will be displayed.
  • Keep adding tasks until you are done. Press the “Enter” key and then “Backspace” key. Click on the box whenever as you complete a certain task

5) You can also use bulleted lists in a similar way to log down your tasks. When you finish a task, select it and click on the "Strikethrough" option from the same menu.

6) You can prioritize your list using a highlighter. Select a task, click on the “Highlighter” icon, pick your color.

7) You can also add photos or attach documents to your notes.

8) The “Web Clipper” extension helps you to save a part or whole of the web page.

  • Click on the Evernote icon in your web browser.
  • You have the option to take a screenshot, bookmark or save the entire web page. Select a suitable option as per your choice.
  • Select the notebook where you want to save your web page under the “Organization” option.
  • Finally, click on “Save Clip”.

Web Clipper extension
Web Clipper extension

Web Clipper extension is extremely helpful when you want to capture or extract information from the websites, instead of copying and pasting the whole article. You can save it in a notebook and you won't face any difficulty in finding your important notes.

Advantages of Digital Journaling with Evernote

  • You can set a PIN code to protect your notes. They will be safe, secure and confidential.
  • It enables you to set reminders so that you can meet your deadlines
  • You can add images, documents, links and audio clips.
  • When working in online mode, changes made can be synchronized easily. So if one of your devices crash because of some reason, you don’t have to worry at all.
  • Since it is digital, it is eco-friendly.

Disadvantages of Digital Journaling with Evernote

  • There are possibilities that you may get distracted as you receive calls or notifications on your gadget.
  • At some point in time, your app or device may run out of memory. You may have to delete some photos or previous notes to make space for new notes This is not the case with an analog (pen and paper-based) system.


I have been using Evernote for a long time and I am totally comfortable with it. There are other apps like Notion, Dynalist and Google Keep that also help in increasing productivity. It is all a matter of preference. The aim is to live a productive and organized life.


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    • Risha Khan profile imageAUTHOR

      Risha Khan 

      13 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      Hi Nikhil, thank you for reading my hub and encouraging me to write better. I am also a stationery addict like you. I love keeping journals, diaries and notebooks for collection. Google Keep is also a good app for note taking and productivity. We can select colors for creating notes and to-do lists. It is always a matter of preference.

    • Risha Khan profile imageAUTHOR

      Risha Khan 

      13 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      Thank you Avyukth for your encouraging feedback. Since we have become quite tech savvy, we love to play around gadgets. The Evernote app is good for taking notes and we can use it as a journal for managing our daily tasks. Google Keep is another awesome tool for managing productivity as well

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      Avyukth Krishna 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Thank you for this detailed guide ma'am.

      I am a very messy person and I often end up misplacing notebooks or mixing them up. I also feel that it is hard to make too many changes on the notebook as it will make them look very untidy. Being able to create a notebook on a digital platform seems like an amazing idea. I shall definitely try it out !

    • Risha Khan profile imageAUTHOR

      Risha Khan 

      13 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, Vikram. I am glad to know that you liked reading my hub on the Evernote app. It is a good app for taking notes and managing daily tasks. You are most welcome to use this app

    • Risha Khan profile imageAUTHOR

      Risha Khan 

      13 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      Great to know that you find this article useful, Sowrabha Ji. I use this app to take notes and creating lists. I suggest that you should definitely try using the app. Google Keep is also a good app. Since I love to keep my journal entries confidential, I use it on my mobile.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      This is a very detailed and comprehensive guide on the Evernote app. You've explained each and every aspect of the digital journaling and notes planner app in an easy way.

      From getting started, benefits of using Evernote as your digital journaling app, to even explaining the drawbacks, this article consists of almost everything one has to find about the app.

      I would love to see and read more of these articles of yours in the future, Ms. Risha. By the way, I'm using Google Keep as my daily digital journaling app.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Wow very nice article, my friend. I really liked the way you have simplified your article. I have learned a lot from your article. Now, i really want to use it even more. Thanks for your valuable article.

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      Sneha Bhat 

      13 months ago from India

      Informative article madam. This app is new to me... Thank you

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image


      13 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Risha, you seem to be a journaling expert and have a wealth of information on this topic. Evernote seems to be a useful tool for writers and am going to start using it. May have to refer your article several times to get it right but thankfully all that I need to know is in one place. Thank you for such useful articles!


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