There are many strategies possible to organize your information with Evernote :
- Put everything in one notebook and just use the search option
- Create as many notebooks as you need to separate themes (ex: Work, Personnal, etc.)
- Tag you notes
- Any combination of the above!
Personnally I have been using Evernote since 2008 and it is only this year that I created several notebooks to organize my notes so you can adapt your organization as you move along.
At the moment I have 15 notebooks, around 100 tags and more than 4k notes.
My choice is to have separate notebooks for wide categories. So I have one notebook for work, one for each podcast I produce, one for running, one for what I gather from the Internet, etc… I know some people create a notebook called Read Later to store all the web clips or documents they want to read when they have time.
Regarding tags, you need to find the right balance. You will see very quickly what are the tags you use all the time and the ones you don’t use. Some people don’t use tag AT ALL and it’s a perfectly functionnal way of using Evernote because the search engine is pretty powerful anyway.
One advice: experiment and find what is the organization strategy which is the best at the moment and review it once in a while maybe to add a notebook or clean-up the tags.
Until then, happy evernoting !