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  1. My todo notes all have one of the following mutually exclusive tags: "next", "deferred", "waiting", or "done". Each note usually includes a few other tags to associate it with one or more of my many current projects. I use saved searches to display my todo lists. Each time I take an action on a todo item, I usually add a little text describing what I did, and optionally change the tag. Evernote has the limitation that only two date fields are available across all platforms: Created, and Updated. The Updated date field works fine for documenting that time of my last action on the todo item. To set a due date for a task, I edit the Created date (entering a date in the future). Sorting on this field allows me to see tasks that are coming due. Here is a simple example that is typical of my usage: 1. I enter a todo item with the title "procure XYZ widget", tagged "next" and "projectX", and enter a Created date that is three weeks in the future. 2. At some point in the future, I am reviewing my todo list (a saved search listing everything tagged "next"), and see this todo item with a Created date about a week away. I panic a little, then act on it by writing a short specification for the XYZ widget within the note, and email this specification to my administrative assistant. I change the tag "next" to "waiting" and add a one liner to the note "emailed request to admin". 3. The following week, the item arrives in the lab and I change the tag "waiting" to "done" Some todo notes have a much simpler lifecycle and may not include anything within the note body. Others may contain a bunch of reference images, numerical simulation results, URLs, and/or a long sordid history of phone calls, conversations, etc. Cheers, Tom
  2. To collect recent notes, I use the exact technique suggested by Dave. This has been very helpful for generating weekly and monthly progress reports. The OP's use case #3 requires entry of future dates. The "Subject Date" field could hold that date, but it does not appear to be accessible on all platforms (I typically use Mac, iPhone, and Web). Is there a way to enter future dates and create a saved search that finds all notes within a future time period, for example, next week? If not, is support for the subject date and this type of search planned for upcoming releases of Evernote (across all platforms)? Tom
  3. I've been looking for similar solution and noticed that one forum member was working on a PERL script for this purpose: http://forum.evernote.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=8797&p=33890&hilit=journler#p33890 Since Evernote now has a well defined XML document format, translators are practical, and this one looked promising. Tom
  4. Just a quick note of encouragement - I have considered writing a similar utility to transfer my ~500 Journler entries and am pleased to see someone take this on. Keep us posted on your progress! Cheers, Tom
  5. A couple of months ago, I switched to EN on Mac, web, and iPhone for project and task management. All notes remain in one notebook, so organization is accomplished with tags. Every note has at least 2 tags: a project tag, and a status tag. I used to apply context tags, but could not come up with contexts that were helpful. Projects usually last at least several weeks, and I tend to have about a dozen active at any given time. I use the following status tags: now, next, waiting, deferred, someday, reference, done. I'm considering the following refinements: - Start archiving inactive notes in a separate notebook (for now, clutter is reduced by including -tag:done in searches) - Find contexts that make sense for me - If the "subject date" feature is added to the clients that I use, then time-critical notes will be exclusively managed in Evernote. Currently, I enter an event in my calendar for this purpose. Tom
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