Disclaimer: I love Evernote. It is one of the only apps or online tools I have consistently used for years (since 2009 or 2008). I love it so much that I wrote a blog post listing the ways I love it that is apparently the only post anyone has ever read (and the reason I get a hot ton of spam now). Evernote planned my wedding and brings happiness to my marriage (I may be exaggerating now).
If you are unfamiliar, Evernote is a productivity tool that was originally built for note taking and web clipping. And despite a few kinks along they way, it has been hands-down the most consistent tool for note-taking in the market. The past few years they have started acquiring some companies and building new goodies. For instance they now own Skitch (the best!) and Penultimate (not my thing!). They also have built some iPad/iPhone specific tools that are based on the original Evernote databases (like Evernote Hello). I have been worried that they would start expanding out too far and not concentrate on what they do best, which is making Evernote an awesome product. For instance I have mostly a hate relationship with Hello! because it works when it wants to, which is almost never. But they have kept updating the core Evernote tool and recently they’ve added in a reminders function. And it. is. the. awesome. Not only did they add the ability to create reminders, they did it in a thoughtful way. They’ve renewed my faith. Maybe we should renew our vows.
Anyway, the reminders are attached to individual notes and you can add a day and time to remind you. What makes this interesting is that the reminders are very well integrated into the notebooks. All of your reminders from the notes in a particular notebook show up at the top of the notebook and you can prioritize reminders by drag and drop. You can see in my ALA notebook (woohoo! librarians!) that the reminders show up in a stack above the rest of the notes (yes, I’m a bit of an organizer). What makes this powerful in my opinion is the ability to close monitor tasks associated with specific projects in the same space that your project support material is housed (This is a bit of GTD speak here. Sorry).
This has been the most requested feature by Evernote users, so I’m thrilled that Evernote has done it. I wonder if this might be the game changer for some people using the tool. In having ‘reminders’ can it become more easily integrated into people’s workflows? It would be interesting to see how people are using the reminders.
Also, I have to give a big shout out to Evernote to doing one big thing right (beyond the reminders). They created this new feature in part because of the launch of Evernote Business because they want to get more business users to adopt the tool, and of course business users need more project management abilities. I’m just glad that they gave everyone the update instead of having it an exclusive feature of Evernote Business. It is really is a great addition that I think will encourage more people to adopt Evernote. I’m glad they made it available to everyone. My marriage can go on. Thank you Evernote.
PS: In addition to this update, they have a new integration with Remember the Milk, the online to do tool. I haven’t used it because I’m a Things fan, but this might bring me back into RTM’s arms. Would love to hear if you use it and how.