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An Easy Way to Create an Evernote Monthly Calendar

25 January 2015 by Jim

This is a little tip about using Evernote that I wanted to share, because I was looking for a solution to this problem myself. Here’s what the end result looks like after about 60 seconds of work:

Evernote Calendar

I currently use a paper Moleskine Weekly Calendar for my own organisation, but I recently thought that it could be quite convenient to use Evernote in the same way. But I’d need sufficient space (i.e. not just a 2×2 cm box) each day and an easy way to get an overview, just like I have in my Moleskine paper calendar.

There are templates for Evernote calendars, but it’s very easy to make your own, and to customise it for your specific needs.

How it’s done

Just use a spreadsheet editor like Excel on Windows or Numbers on Mac, write the first date of the month in the first cell of a new sheet and then drag it down to have a column of all the days of the month. You can adjust the format of the date if you need to see the weekday for example. Next, you can even use conditional formatting to apply custom colouring. I have made my Saturdays and Sundays green because I don’t work on the weekends, and this gives some visual structure to it all.

Once you’re satisfied with your table, just copy it and paste it into Evernote. It will behave like any other table, doesn’t take up much space, and you didn’t have to manually enter dates and weekdays to make it usable.

Benefits

This gives you a nice overview of the entire month and it gives you lots of space to enter whatever information is needed, including tasks (with checkboxes!). I think mobile app calendars like the native option on iOS are cumbersome to use (those horrible scroll-wheels for the date!), too small to comfortably get an overview of everything without tapping through detail windows, and in most cases I don’t need alerts, so a manual Evernote calendar is just fine for me. (For the occasional alert, I can still use Evernote’s Reminder feature, or another app, or Siri on iOS).

Archival

Plus, once the month is over, you can just archive the note and you’ll have a log of all your past calendars. You can even merge 12 monthly calendar notes at the end of the year to create a summary note and clean up your notes.

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