Evernote is an Inbox Hero!
Over the past few months I’ve wrangled a number of different ways to bridge—connect—my email inboxes to Evernote. Since I get many emails that need to be transformed into blog posts, or at least I would like to, they usually end-up sitting in my inbox and leaving a big mess. There was a time that I would file them into “To Write,” but that just ended up being another trash can for my email.
I tried a few email clients that had Evernote add-ons, but wasn’t there a simpler way?
Yes. Yes there is:
How to Email Evernote
Not only can you forward or create a fresh email to land in Evernote, but you can title it, designate a notebook, tag it, and mark it with a reminder. Pretty stinkin’ powerful I’d say.
First, you need to figure out what your Evernote email address is:
- Windows: Click on your username, then select “Account Info,” your email address will appear below “Email notes to.”
- Mac: Click on your username, then select “Account Info.” Your email address will appear below “Email notes to.”
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch: Tap your username to access your account Settings. Scroll down and select General > Evernote Email Address.
- Android: Tap the Evernote menu, select Settings and scroll down until you see Evernote email address.
- Windows Phone: Tap on your name on the main screen. From “Account” information, you can access your Evernote email address.
Once you’ve figured this out, I recommend adding it to your contact list—like ‘Evernote’ or ‘Send it to Evernote’—using a contact name that you can remember and autofills easy. If you are an Evernote Premium user, you can customize your email address—so that’s awesome. 🙂
Now, here’s how you aim your emails to Evernote. By using this formula in your email subject line, you can do all of these things, some, or one:
[Title of Note] ![Reminder Date] @[Folder] #[Tag]
Let’s break it down:
- [Title of Note] – Derp-derp. This is the title of your note. 🙂 Sometimes I just leave or edit the email title.
- ![Reminder Date] – If you’ve never used Evernote for reminders as a point of action for emails, this might be the key to unlock that bit of awesome.
- @[Folder] – This is key for me. Everything in my Evernote is organized in a folder. If I don’t do this, BLARG!
- #[Tag] – I need to get into tags more. This is a really powerful way to organize stuff. If you use’m, here’s how to tag your notes to Evernote from your email.
You’ll notice that past the title, everything must have an identifier. I am pretty sure it has to be in this order, too, as you can have multiple tags but not multiple folders—however, I could be wrong.
It seemed like the moment I learned this trick I forgot it. So I added it as an Alfred snippet. You can do this with TextExpander or any other snippet app you like to use. If you don’t have such an app, consider using one or snag some digital or actual post-it notes.