Blended note taking: Moleskine x Evernote

Writing101 Day 16

I used to know only a few terms with blended. Blended martini was the first, I think. After entering the corporate life, I learned about blended fee. The latest what I learned was blended learning: a way where you combine traditional ways of learning  in the classroom with learning through e-learnings, blackboards and webinars. The term stuck to me as I pondered about the lost art of writing and my beloved Moleskine notebooks. I kept me busy as I found a new use for my notebook with bullet journaling. And now I think I might have find a way to connect the writing notes with digital notes. Presumptuous as I am, I call it Blended Note Taking. Let me introduce you.

1. Set up an Evernote Premium account

Moleskine with Evernote premium notebooks

You may be familiar with Evernote. But if you really want to connect the dots between your old school notes and your Evernote account, you’ll be needing a Premium account. Why? Because of hand writing recognition software. With a premium account, the pictures of your handwritten note are searchable. I don’t have to explain how useful this is, right?

The easiest way to get yourself a Evernote Premium account, is by buying the special Evernote x Moleskine Journals or Cahiers.

2. Set up your Moleskine Journal

Choose any format you like. I’m trying to get to familiarize myself with bullet journaling. But you could use GTD or any other format of journaling, tasking and note taking the way you like. I like to add tabs to my Moleskine note book, dividing the notes used for different Evernote note books. The prettiest and easiest way is by sticking some washi tape at the end of the paper. If you numbered your pages, you can index the tabs as well.

3. Photograph and file your written notes

So going into a meeting, lecture or just drawing, just take your Moleskine and write, draw and doodle away. Writing is still the fastest way of note taking for me, as a I naturally write things down in a mind mapping way. I pick a fresh page after a tab the note belongs to, write the date in the left corner and leave space for tags that I add afterwards. At the end of each day, I take a picture with the Evernote document camera of each note that needs filing and add the necessary tags. You can add several photographed pages to one Evernote note.

You don’t need a special Evernote Moleskine note book for this, nor a Moleskine note book. You do want that premium account for handwriting recognition though.

4. Extra: set up IFTTT

To really get this blended filing going, you can add a internet-automatization service like If This Then That or Zapier. With these services you can create shortcuts between different apps. I created an Evernote album in my iOS photos, and through an IFTTT prompt, all photos posted in this album get uploaded to Evernote. You could even create special iOS albums connected to Evernote note books. So you’ll photos get filed to the right note book immediately.

Another nice prompt is connecting Dropbox with Evernote. This is useful for linking finalized documents in Dropbox to your Evernote notebooks. Just as with iOS photos, a folder in Dropbox is linked through your web automatization service with an Evernote notebook. Every file that is saved in this folder is accessible in Evernote through a link.

How do you keep your written notes connected with your digital ones? Share your tips in a comment!

Day 16 of Writing 101Today’s Prompt: Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. For inspiration, ponder the phrase “lost and found.” On day four, you wrote about losing something. On day thirteen, you then wrote about finding something. So, today’s twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of lost and found more generally in this post.

I didn’t follow today’s prompt and twist that literally. I chose to combine my first post on writing and the second one on journaling to the logical next step, which for me was digital journaling. 

This is NOT a sponsored post (although Moleskine or Evernote may contact me anytime if they want to). 

9 thoughts on “Blended note taking: Moleskine x Evernote

  1. I do this all the time! I don’t have a moleskin – but I think better on paper. I LOVE that I don’t have a zillion notebooks laying around and my notes are searchable.

  2. This. Is. Awesome! Thank you so much for writing this! 🙂 I usually spend the first few hours of Sunday morning with a large mug of coffee and organizing my Evernote + GTD for the upcoming week. I will definitely be trying this out very soon! 🙂

  3. Brilliant take on the serial posts. I spent a lot of money this year on a Passion Planner, but I find it doesn’t quite do it for me. I’ve bookmarked your posts, though, and I’ll probably end up my own diary/journal/planner thingy towards the end of the year. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    1. I’ve looked into a Passion Planner as well, but the shipping costs to the Netherlands were almost half the price on top of the planner itself… So I decided to make my own planner. You got me thinking on writing a post on it, with lots of pics of course!

      1. Yep, it was $25 for the planner + $15 to get it shipped to the UK. It’s not bad, but I don’t think I’d spend the money again.
        I got so excited last night, I nearly went in search for a suitable notebook to start right then. But I didn’t want to wake the fellow and the kiddo, so I didn’t. I made a note instead for later in the year. But I’ll be looking for your planner post 🙂

  4. Ik ben een enorme fan van Evernote, maar ik heb tot op heden steeds gewacht om Premium te gaan… Jij hebt me overtuigd!
    ITTT vind ik ook echt een uitvinding. Als ik een lekker receptje vind op Pinterest, knalt ie m zo in het juiste mapje in Evernote. Alles heerlijk georganiseerd en altijd bij de hand!
    Oh en doe maar, die post! xxx

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