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.