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Evernote as your Reliable To-Do List in the Cloud

There are a number of nifty, cool, simple, detailed to-do solutions to choose from, the iPhone itself offering a bewildering assortment of solution. I have tried most of the available app’s, but I suffer from having too much choice, and I end up not making any lists due to the bewildering choice of places for me to make them.

So over the weekend I decided to simplify.

There is one solution that I know passes many people by in preference for the more polished iOS solutions, but if you can focus on flexibility over pure aesthetics, then Evernote could be a solid solution for quick, clean and basic To-Do lists. Evernote has had this functionality for ages, this is just a kindly nudge.

Instant Cloud Syncing

Using Evernote means you have instant cloud syncing across your desktop, iPhone and iPad plus a healthy choice of other mobile platforms are supported. Cloud syncing is important, and many of the iPhone app’s don’t offer this, they work entirely within the iPhone.

Email

For some time I have been using Captio on the iPhone to email myself things that I think of out and about. When I get home, I have a email of the previous epiphany and I can act on it as I see fit. What I wanted in my To-Do app’s was this same basic function. With some lists, I would like to be able to send a quick email reminder, especially if it’s an important To-Do.

Multi and cross platform

As mentioned, Evernote is multi everything. Whatever smart phone you use, doesn’t matter if you swing Mac or PC or even practice multi platform activities, Evernote has you covered.

Tags & Archiving

Evernote has a powerful yet simple search and tag system, making it easy to locate and archive reminders and lists. So you can tag each To-Do Note with ‘todo’ for example. Then with one swift search, all your previous notes will show up.

Doesn’t cost a penny

The basic version of Evernote is free, this includes the desktop, mobile and iPad versions. So you have nothing to looe by at least trying it out.

How I do my To-Do

This is not set in stone, you can format yours however you want, but image above shows you how I work with Evernote for super simple, fuss free To-Do.

  1. First step is to make a new Notebook which I entitled To-Do Lists
  2. I then created seven individual Notes for each day of the week.
  3. In each day, I formatted the note with a number of check boxes, these are actually called ‘Insert To-Do‘. This is available from the Format menu.
  4. I then just added some text and set the text colour of each new To-Do in a bright pink with a ‘Rule’ underneath each one.
  5. That’s it.

This is just a rudimentary To-Do list, but could be useful enough for you to get by in your day. When you are next out and about, you can open up Evernote and quickly add a new To-Do and sync up.

If you think you might forget to check Evernote when you get home, but you always check your email, you can quickly send that To-Do note to your email account as a reminder.

When you have completed a task you can ‘tick’ the box or just delete the whole entry. Ticking the box is handy because it then gives you an archive of tasks you have previously completed.

You may not like thinking too far ahead, so you may just want to create one note, rather than one per day. If you do this, you can then mark that note on the iPhone as a favourite. So then you have super quick access to that To-Do Note when you launch Evernote.

Simplify

I am a sucker for new iOS app’s and cool new tools, but I get distracted with too much choice. After showing my girlfriend the wonders of Evernote this past weekend, I realised just how cool it is.

That decision to remove the stunning and aesthetically pleasing To-Do app’s was a positive step for me, everything is now much more focused and central. I still use other app’s for more comprehensive project management, like Backboard for client and logo version control, but using Evernote for basic To-Do‘s is dead useful.

Giveaway

Over on the other channel, SingleMeasures, I am offering up one year’s subscription to Evernote’s Premium package. Now is a good time to flip over.

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