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Swipes - Evernote Kanban Calendar (5a)

Frank Degenaar

As a follow-on from last week's intro into the degree of control/ integration that 3rd-party apps can and can't have using Evernote's open API, this post skims the surface of how the Swipes app can do what many people have been asking Evernote for: the ability to extract checkbox items within notes account-wide to a dedicated task-management interface. That wish list also included the ability to reorder tasks with checkboxes arbitrarily within a list.  Swipes has got you covered on both counts. You'll find Swipes on iOS, Android and Web

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Kanban Calendar: Evernote Series - 5 of 5 (Intro)

Frank Degenaar

One of the handy things about Evernote is that there numerous (possibly gazillions) of onramps - tons of ways of getting stuff into your account. Not only that, but there are literally thousands of apps out there that you can authorize to access your Evernote account and send/ harvest/ hone in on/ extract specific information, and in many cases allow for a 2-way sync. In the weeks to come, I will be showcasing 5 3rd-party Evernote apps that do a spectacular (if not totally unique) job of managing your tasks - in Kanban Calendar fashion.

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Kanban Calendar: Evernote Series - 4 of 5

Frank Degenaar

Tags, tags everywhere

For those of you who are already fans of tagging in Evernote, you may appreciate the analogy below ... and would no doubt already have a few tricks up your sleeve. I simply wanted to point out that the possibility exists... and briefly discuss a few of the pros and cons that a tag-based task-management system in Evernote presents.

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Kanban Calendar: Evernote Series - 3 of 5

Frank Degenaar

A digital canvas for your imagination

In this digital day and age, many people still prefer analog task-management systems (i.e., pen and paper) to get tasks out of their heads. To name but a few possibilities: Moleskine planners (with Evernote integration), the bullet journal setup... and a very stimulating view on pencil and paper in Nick Cernis' book, "The Todoodlist" I read earlier this year. A blank canvas has its appeal. You get to give form to your ideas - whether it's an art form or free-form task scribbling. We now have more options than ever to integrate the freedom that a blank canvas gives us, with the digital advantages of undo/ redo, zoom and tools/ effects that make the artistically or even technically challenged feel like pros. 

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Kanban Calendar: Evernote Series - 2 of 5

Frank Degenaar

Often, a bridge between two universes allows for a crossing over... and Evernote's Reminders feature (that little blue or green alarm clock) is the bridge to our parallel universe - the Reminders listWe'll be looking at multiple ways of getting our tasks into that list with no fuss. The Reminders list becomes more than just an interesting mock-up of our notes that have embedded Reminders. The Reminders list is similar (yet different) to our lists of notebooks and notes. In this universe, the law of dragging and dropping is part of its very fabric - allowing us to sort our tasks and also transfer them between notebooks with ease - making for yet another great Kanban Calendar setup.

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Kanban Calendar: Evernote Series - 1 of 5

Frank Degenaar

"The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, which can blend in with its surroundings using the ship's "chameleon circuit". In the series, the Doctor pilots an obsolete Type 40 TARDIS. Its chameleon circuit is broken, leaving it [the exterior] stuck in the shape of a 1960s-style London police box after its visit there in 1963." - Wikipedia 

Of course, the interior of a note (note body) is vastly bigger than the exterior (note title). We're going to leverage Evernote's ability to house tailor-made expandable tables and lists. In this first post, I'll be showcasing Evernote's ability to house the 3 component sections of the Kanban Calendar system in individual notes - an entire section in one note. Actually, the whole bang shoot could be housed in one note - but I'd like to take advantage of some cool features Evernote has... 

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