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How to get organized with reMarkable: 8 tips to get you started

Follow these simple organizing tips to help with everything from structuring your content in reMarkable folders to making it available across devices.

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Whether at home or work, our desks usually become the makeshift solution for where to leave stacks of paper and piles of notebooks. Needlessly searching among the paper clutter for that one particular note, appointment card, phone number, or even work assignment can lead to needless stress and a halt in productivity.

With remarkable, you have all the tools you need to organize those accumulated papers in one slim digital device. Everything from handwritten notes to daily planners to PDFs is easily accessible in customizable and searchable notebooks and folders.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Visualize the internal

On reMarkable, you have access to Folders, Notebooks, and Quick sheets.

The best way to think of the internal structure of reMarkable is to think of a physical space, for example, your home office. In an office, there’s usually a file cabinet with folders and a desk with miscellaneous paperwork and assorted random sticky notes. reMarkable works along the same lines, with folders being the base for holding all of your work and notebooks replacing the paper inside those folders, in actual notebooks, or scattered on the desk. Quick sheets is for all those sticky notes stuck to your monitor.

Insider tip: Using a visualization of a physical office space and its components will be enormously handy when planning out how you will organize the content for the virtual one you are creating.

2. Build a folder structure

The first step for creating a good folder structure is to sort your content into categories. You can then create a folder for each of these categories. If you need to break things down even further, you can also create subfolders. A good example is organizing folders for each client and a subfolder for each project linked to that client.

To create a new folder, tap the plus icon next to Folder in the My Files home screen. After the folder is named, you can begin adding new or existing notebooks, PDFs, or ebooks. When an empty folder has content added, the folder icon will change from white to black.

Insider tip: Once you have found a system for your folder structure, try to stick to it. Saving things to be named or moved for later can ruin your system and easily knock you off your organizational path.

3. Obtain notebook know-how

This is where your paperwork resides and where those scattered desk papers come together, cohesive and organized. Like physical notebooks, reMarkable notebooks are a place to take notes, sketch, draft articles, mind map, or even plan your to-do list. Each document you’d put into a folder or page of an ordinary notebook equals a page in a particular reMarkable notebook. In the sidebar menu, you have a Page Overview button that will act as a roadmap allowing you to quickly flip to certain pages or specific content.

If you need a little jump-start to help begin a notebook, you can choose from one or more of our 79 different templates. With just a couple of taps, you can do anything from planning your time on a daily or weekly planner to taking notes on lined paper.

Insider tip: You can swipe from left to right with your fingers to turn pages, just as you would an actual notebook, and don’t worry, resting your palm on the display while writing won’t affect anything.

4. Make the most of Quick sheets

Grabbing a sticky note and jotting something down multiple times a day equates to sticky-note clutter. Your reMarkable comes with a default notebook designed for taking notes on the go, without having to create a whole new notebook.

Creating a new page within the Quick sheets notebook is just a simple tap of the plus icon next to Quick sheets at the top menu on the My Files home screen.

Insider tip: You can’t move or delete the Quick sheets notebook, but you can delete individual pages. So, once that appointment is over or that task has been completed, just delete it from Quick sheets, as you would tear a sheet from your actual notepad.

5. Find what you need

Now that you’ve created your filing system, it’s time to go about finding what you need when you need it. Searching is a quick way to find specific folders, notebooks, PDFs, or ebooks. Just tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your reMarkable, and type in the name or parts of the name of what it is you want to locate. Your search results will appear on the screen.

Insider tip: Searching shouldn’t override a well-thought-out folder structure. If you’re not exactly sure of the file name or what you are looking for, it can result in time wasted trying to find it.

6. Stay Connected

Imagine being able to take all your handwritten notes, files, and office paperwork with you whenever and wherever you need to go.

By setting up the reMarkable mobile or desktop app, you’ll connect to the reMarkable cloud, and all of your work will be instantly synced and readily available across your devices.

When using the app, you can access as well as export any document as a PDF file and email it to colleagues or share a sketch to help visualize a complex idea. That way you can ensure everyone is on the same page, even without your reMarkable in front of you.

Insider tip: The desktop app is a great way to kick-start your organizing. You can copy, move, favorite, and delete files from the app. If you mimic the file structure on your desktop, it will keep things consistent and save you time when locating files.

7. Go Paperless

Having all of your notes organized digitally in one place eliminates the need for printing. No more printers hogging real estate on your desk, buying ink, or dealing with paper jams.

Once your content is imported onto reMarkable, your entire workflow can be simplified. Annotate PDFs or ebooks by choosing a writing tool from the sidebar menu and writing directly on the page. Next, email your edited work by long-pressing on the file you’d like to share and hitting Send by email.

Insider tip: Sign paperwork or contracts on reMarkable and skip both printing and scanning.

8. Don’t leave out PDFs and ebooks

reMarkable is also the perfect place to store and organize PDFs and ebooks. Just import them from the desktop app.

You can organize your PDFs and ebooks by moving them into folders under My Files. All of your PDFs and ebooks will also be displayed in the Ebooks or PDFs section on the home screen, regardless of which folders they are located in.

Insider tip: With Read on reMarkable Google Chrome Extension, you can read simplified web pages on reMarkable. With a single click in your web browser, the article will appear on your paper tablet. Create an offline library of long-form articles you’d like to read free from distracting pop-ups, ads, and notifications.

Eyes on the ‘organized’ prize

There’s no need to be overwhelmed by the idea of organizing your workspace when you take it one piece of paper at a time. With reMarkable, you can slowly clear away those single sheets until all your work is digitized, organized, and easily accessible.

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