Evernote Reminders

by Brandon on May 24, 2013

Evernote Reminders

Evernote added a new feature yesterday—Evernote Reminders. You can read the official blog post here. At the moment, Reminders is only available on Mac, iOS, and the Web, but we can expect it on Windows and Android in the near future. I’ve only been using Reminders for a few hours now, so I’m not exactly sure how I will integrate this new feature into my GTD system. Here are a few ideas I’ve come up with so far:

  • “Tickler” File – A “Tickler” File is an incubation tool that is used to manage non-actionable items that may need an action in the future. Presently, in addition to the calendar setup described here, I have a “Tickler” calendar that I use to keep track of information that may be useful on a certain date. I was never too keen about this setup. Adding non-actionable items to my calendar, for some reason, just didn’t feel “right”. Consequently, I deleted this calendar and replaced it with a new “Tickler” Evernote notebook.
  • Project Template Note – In my post about GTD Projects, I describe how I create a new notebook in the ‘Projects’ notebook stack for each new project. The Project Template Note, which is based on the “Five Phases of Project Planning” is then placed inside this notebook. During the course of the project, however, the project’s notebook may fill up with support materials, and it can often take a while to find the Template Note. To fix this problem, add a Reminder to the Project Template Note (but do not add a date), and the Template Note will always appear above the note list when you access the project’s notebook.

I would love to hear what you, the readers, think of this great new feature. If you have any great ideas/use cases, please leave a comment below.


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Leo September 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I’ve found it to be the perfect way to send quick thoughts or notes from my android to my inbox for sorting later. Even with the quick button on the widget, making a normal note for it took too long.

Now, if I note something down from my phone, It’s a reminder.

Don’t even care about the “reminder” or calendar functionality of it. 🙂


Pernille April 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Hi, This is a great series. Wonder if its still “on” 🙂
Anyways. Is there any reason that you use same tags for “someday/maybe” and “reference”, and not use a stack in those?


Brandon May 16, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Hi Pernille. I’m glad you liked the series. I don’t blog much (or at all) anymore. I am, however, thinking about writing an updated/improved script for setting up projects. If/when I do, I’ll probably write a post about it.

I don’t find I need a stack for the Reference and Someday/Maybe notebooks. But if you want to use one, go ahead.



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