I’ve invited my dear friend and productivity expert, Sara Caputo, to share an organizing tool that has changed my life. As you well know, I’m a big BIG fan of simple and easy. (Most my recipes have only a handful of ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes.) I’m always looking for ways to maximize Zen moments as I shop and chop!
If you desire a real romance with your kitchen and cooking, pay attention to Sara as she walks us through the magic of Recipes + Evernote. Now THAT’S a Love Connection!
Take it away Sara…
While I wouldn’t call myself Julia Child, I have been known to bang out a few great meals in my time. I love to cook but with a full schedule as a business owner, mom of 2 small kiddos and wife to an equally busy guy, cooking needs to be extremely easy and simple these days. Just as with any system that I use, the more “friction” there is between me and the system, the less likely I am to use it.
I use Evernote to capture and store all of my recipes and food information. Here’s how I do it.
As I’m out cruising the web, I find recipes I want to try, so I have an entire notebook (and by the way there is an entire Evernote Food Application dedicated solely to organizing food, pictures and blog posts if you’re into that kind of thing for food) dedicated to Recipes and another notebook dedicated to Meal and Food Information. So, back to cruising the web – as I find recipes I want to try, I simply use the web clipper feature and clip the URL or the entire page – depending on the recipe. This opens up my Evernote automatically and gives me the choice of where to put that information. I choose the right location and voila – it’s there for me when I want to find it again.
While the capturing and storing capabilities are great, the accessibility and finding of those recipes and food info is equally as amazing. Here’s how I do that.
Now that I have a large repository for recipes, they don’t need a ton of internal organization – I have a few categories that I use for tags: paleo, desserts, recipes to try, favorites. While I am meal planning on Sundays, I pull up my Evernote and scroll through – when I find the one I want, I integrate it into the plan – the best part is if I’m at the grocery store and can’t remember an ingredient, I can easily look on my phone inside Evernote and find it that way too.
The use of Evernote for me has made my meal planning and recipe storing uber simple and easy.
I can tell you, in one short hour I learned so much, had fun, and opened myself up to the wonderful world of organized Evernote notebooks. After Sara’s online class I felt inspired to ‘play’ with this new tool and have been enjoying it ever since. And it was only 25 bucks!
If you are new to Evernote and are a wee bit curious what else it can do in your life to make it easier, her next workshop is tomorrow, Thursday 2/13 @12:30 pm PST. Here’s a link to register and find out more: https://attendee.gototraining.