Evernote is, without a doubt, my favorite productivity app because I use it to organize pretty much my entire life. To date my Evernote contains over 7k notes and 6k reminders, organized into over 50 notebooks, which are further organized into about 7 notebook stacks.
But I’m sure you don’t really care about that.
You just want to know how to use Evernote as a reminder / to-do list app.
If you do this, Evernote will send you an email every morning with hyperlinks to your reminders that are due that day. The emails look something like this:
And it’s really easy. Just follow these 5 steps…
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Why You Should Use Evernote as a Reminder / To-do List App
You may be wondering why you’d want to use Evernote as a Reminder App in the first place?
After all, there are dozens of apps specifically designed as reminder or to-do list apps.
In fact, I recently wrote an article about the 5 best to-do list apps on the market right now.
But frankly, many of the apps out there are just too complicated. They’re loaded with superfluous personal project manager features that will only slow you down if you’re not specifically looking for them.
Besides…. doesn’t a personal project manager spreadsheet sound way better than an app anyways? (shameless self-plug)
Evernote is the most simple, easy to use, and bare-bones reminder app there is (if you set it up properly.)
So if you just want an efficient, non-time-consuming, way to create reminders then use Evernote. Here’s how:
Step 1: Login to Evernote.com
You can’t enable these settings on your phone, you have to use the Evernote web app.
Step 2: Open “Settings”
Click on your profile image and username / email address on the left side of the screen.
Step 3: Click “Reminders”
Your settings should open in a new tab.
On the left side of the screen click “Reminders”.
Step 4: Check “Get Reminder Emails”
In the middle of the screen under the Email Reminders section check the box that says “Get Reminder Emails”.
And that’s it!
Depending on your time zone Evernote will send you an email at about 5:00 AM every morning with a list of your upcoming reminders.
There’s just one thing left for you to do: make a way to quickly create reminders on your phone.
Step 5: Create an Evernote Reminder Widget on Your Phone
Long-tap on your phone’s home screen and tap “Widgets”.
Scroll to the Evernote App and tap “Evernote Action 1 x 1”.
Tap the “Reminder” Evernote action at the top.
I would also recommend creating a new notebook called “Reminders” to save all of your reminders to. That way they’ll be in one aggregated place that’s easy to access.
To do this tap “Set a notebook to save widget notes” and create a “Reminders” notebook if you don’t already have one.
Now all you have to do is tap that one button on your home screen to create a new reminder and automatically save it to your reminders notebook.
Try it out! Create a new “Test” reminder and schedule it for tomorrow.
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