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How To: Never Miss a Deadline with Evernote

How To: Never Miss a Deadline with Evernote

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 06 Aug 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 06 Aug 2013

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Whether you work with words, code, textiles, or graphics, you can store all aspects of your work projects in Evernote and make sure you to tackle any looming deadlines in a timely manner using Reminders.

Manage your long-term and short-term deadlines with Reminders: a feature that allows you to add alerts inside your Evernote account and via email (not to mention, pin notes to the top of your note list). Reminders are currently available on Mac, Android, iOS, Web, and Windows Phone. Check out this intro to Reminders before getting started.

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To make Reminders work for you:

  1. Tap on the alarm clock then choose a due date, if you’d like.
  2. Evernote will alert you of upcoming Reminders with in-app notifications, emails, and a badge on the app tile.
  3. Once you’ve set a Reminder for a note, it will appear at the top of your note list, and you can check it off once it’s no longer a priority or has been accomplished.

The nice thing about Reminders is that they are associated with notes that contain the thing that you’re working on, so you can immediately dive into that proposal, presentation, or design.

Check out these videos to get a quick overview on how to use Reminders on Mac, iOS, Web, Android, and Windows Phone.

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  • Pearlene Utley

    Sometimes I have few tasks in one NOTE that needs a separate reminder/deadline. Is there a way we can set up that so that I dont have to set up separate note for each little task just for a reminder to be associated with it.

    • lost2ny

      I actually prefer to have individual notes for each task so that I can use that note to collect all of the details of the task – a copy of the original email that requested the task, any data I collect, a copy of the final product,etc. Then I use links to add the tasks to my Master To-Do summary note which has each task listed beside a checkbox where I can mark it completed. I clear off old, completed tasks from the list periodically, but I can always use search to find them later. The Master To-Do summary has a “creation date” set to a month after my planned retirement in Sept. 2030 so that this list is always at the top of my notes until then. Of course, your “level of granularity” may be different from mine. And it’s true that a few of mine are just one or two lines of text, which may seem silly to you, but I consider it worth the effort to gain flexibility.

    • Matt Speer

      I would like to have this ability as well. I know of the workarounds but I don’t like having to create a separate note for each task. In reality I think what you’ve done so far with tasks is great but it needs to to be taken one step further so everyone can organize the way it makes sense to them. Also, can you provide details on when the windows client will include this feature? At least let us know you’re working on it. Thanks for making such a great product.

    • Matt Speer

      I would like to have this ability as well. I know of the workarounds but I don’t like having to create a separate note for each task. In reality I think what you’ve done so far with tasks is great but it needs to to be taken one step further so everyone can organize the way it makes sense to them. Also, can you provide details on when the windows client will include this feature? At least let us know you’re working on it. Thanks for making such a great product.

    • Samakm

      I have not found this. But have gotten used to putting reminders in a separate note and also copying that to a “TODO” Folder, so it comes up in both places. It is duplicative, and does show up on my hand held. But since I usually have to be told twice, it works well for me! :)

  • Simon France

    This is a brilliant feature. I now have no need of my other task manager and I now do EVERYTHING in Evernote. In fact, if you guys ever shut down, I’m screwed! Well done guys. This app is so useful I have no problem paying the subscription. I have never upgraded to a premium version of any app before.

  • BP

    When will this be available for Evernote on Windows?

  • Paul Michelin

    Fabulous. Would be better if reminders could have a recurring feature.

  • missakins

    Why can’t Windows users have reminders? Were we bad?

  • John

    When are you guys going to add this and PDF editing to the Windows client?
    - Neglected Premium User

    • Stijn Vernaillen

      Couldn’t agree more – Another Neglected Premium User

      • Tanner

        Former Premium User here. Got tired of being neglected. :(

  • Liz Fanlo

    Reminder display within a Notebook is not in date order!!!!!!! Crazy. Ruins the ability to see timeline of to-dos by project/notebook!

  • Jansen Alfredo

    Thats great team, it will be greater if you would make reminder for Windows 7 or later :)

  • Svend Waldorff

    Sorry, but how long will we have to wait to get reminders on windows desktop? I can’t understand that you are leaving such a popular and useful function out in what I reckon is quite a relevant platform? The eyecandy in the new beta is nice, but for those that want to use evernote productively, well, it’s just that, eyecandy.

    I love evernote and use it more and more every day and on 3 different platforms. But when I start it on windows desktop it crunches to a halt…

    Thanks

  • Neal Patrick

    Need to have this feature on Windows Desktop!

    • Frank Keessen

      hear hear! Big miss in the Win Desktop client

    • dantheman4u

      Absolutely, completely beats me why the reminder function is not included in the desktop version.

      • Ricket

        Make sure you update your Evernote client. Evernote 5 (released a **month** ago, 3 weeks before your comment) added the reminders feature.

      • Ricket

        Make sure you update your Evernote client. Evernote 5 (released a **month** ago, 3 weeks before your comment) added the reminders feature.

  • jacquie

    @ Pearline
    Either do lots of notes and have the sad satisfaction of ticking lots of things off or put the items in the note in the order in which they need to be done, complete the first and change the alarm to the new date/time.

    The first is actually the easiest in the long run. It also helps me to mentally break a task into bite size units. Sometimes (often? ) I can’t alarm later items in a sequence until some of the first have been achieved.

    Make a temporary notebook for a complete task or use tags to keep the project notes together.

  • jacquie

    @ Pearline
    Either do lots of notes and have the sad satisfaction of ticking lots of things off or put the items in the note in the order in which they need to be done, complete the first and change the alarm to the new date/time.

    The first is actually the easiest in the long run. It also helps me to mentally break a task into bite size units. Sometimes (often? ) I can’t alarm later items in a sequence until some of the first have been achieved.

    Make a temporary notebook for a complete task or use tags to keep the project notes together.

  • lost2ny

    Wait… Do I understand this right? This feature is available on windows _phone_ but not Windows _Desktop_????? I’m sorry, Evernote, but you need to sort out your priorities! I’ve been a Premium User for almost 4 years now, but that makes me worry about what direction you’re taking. Yes, the mobile platforms are vital adjuncts and constant companions, but for the vast majority of us, Windows Desktop is where we do our WORK. And yes, it’s nice that it’s available in the Web version, but there are too many other things that the webtop CAN’T do (like merging). I don’t want to have two versions of the same service running on my work PC – It gets too confusing…

  • John

    So at this point, Evernote is not only crapping on Windows users, but rubbing their noses in it.

  • Dan Julian

    Still waiting on Windows.

  • ronselling

    Evernote crew, I like the reminders, but the UX can be much better. Please take a look at the fix offered at http://krauti.tumblr.com/post/63369987670/how-evernote-can-make-reminders-work-much-better

  • J. Lee Paul

    As a Windows user, I’m starting to have second thoughts about my commitment to using Evernote. This product seems to be primarily aimed at Mac users.

  • Sergiu

    I used the reminders from Evernote for about a month, but then I just started ignoring them, for whatever reason. I find that reminders from real people work best for me, for example the guys at http://www.humanreminder.co did a great job when I wanted to be notified once a day to do one task that I somehow managed to always forget about.

  • Sergiu

    I used the reminders from Evernote for about a month, but then I just started ignoring them, for whatever reason. I find that reminders from real people work best for me, for example the guys at http://www.humanreminder.co did a great job when I wanted to be notified once a day to do one task that I somehow managed to always forget about.

  • David Wallis

    I think Evernote really need to start thinking about all platforms at the same time. Introducing features on some platforms before others just leads people to think that Evernote favours one platform over another. As a Mac user I would like simple import folders without to run scripts like the Windows client has and as a Android user I would like the ability to log into multiple accounts at the same time in the Evernote app and it would good to have the Penultimate app developed for that platform as well. I definitely think that iOS is heavily favoured over Android which is making me look for alternatives even though I love Evernote.

  • Donna Merrill

    I don’t know what I would do without this! With such a busy schedule, this alerts me all the time. I’ve just started using it and it helps with segmenting my daily tasks.
    -Donna

  • Graham okene

    Cannot set weekly reminders on Evernote

  • David

    It would be nice if we could have a set of reminders independent of a note. I don’t always want a note associated with a reminder, sometimes I just have a quick thought that I need to follow up on.