Best Evernote Calendars, Templates, and Tools for Productivity

These free templates can boost productivity and organization

Mobile Calendar in Evernote
Mobile Calendar in Evernote. (c) Getty Images

Templates are convenient tools you may be familiar with in other programs, such as Microsoft Office applications. But did you know you can also use them for Evernote tasks?

The approach to using these tools is a bit different, but you can save time by creating an Evernote template collection of your own. I'll show you how to do this while offering a few suggestions of best templates for better organization this year.

To help you find great solutions as quickly as possible, we've created this collection of favorites, so click through the following slides where you'll find direct links.

How to Use a Template in Evernote

The Evernote Template gallery.

In the past, Evernote users had access to templates in a work-around that meant creating notes, and then copying and pasting those notes into a new document each time they wanted to use it. Evernote finally caught on, and released a library of templates that all users have access to. You can find those templates in the Evernote Template gallery

Note: While all users have access to Evernote templates, they can only be applied to existing documents by premium users. If you're using the free version of Evernote, you'll either have to use your existing notes in their current format or recreate them to put them into a desired template. 

To use Evernote templates:

  1. Go to the Evernote Template gallery and find the one you want to use.
  2. Click View Template to see the full document.
  3. When you find a template you'll want to use, click Save Template.
  4. Then when you want to use a template, create a new note in Evernote and click the Template button in the body of the note. 
  5. Select the template you want to use from the available templates listed.
  6. A menu appears with three options: Apply templateRename template, and Delete template. In this case, choose Apply template to apply it to your note.
  7. Then create the note as you usually would, changing and adding text and formatting as you desire.

That's it! Pretty soon, using templates in Evernote should feel like second nature. 

Note: Templates behave differently on the web version of Evernote. If you find you can't access them when using Evernote in your web browser, try downloading the computer app (for Windows) or using the app on your mobile device. Once you've started a document in a template, then you can access it through Evernote for the browser.

Cronofy Evernote calendar connector

Cronofy Evernote Calendar Connector
(c) Courtesy of Cronofy

You can find web connections through services such as IFTTT and Zapier, but for a more straight-forward approach, check out Cronofy's Evernote Calendar Connector.

This simple but effective service links a given date in popular calendars such as Google Calendar, iCloud, Office 365, and Outlook.com. to pertinent Evernote notes.

Using a tool like this means you can keep track of information and commitments in an organized way, which is what productivity is all about.

Or, check out some of Evernote's own templates on the following slides.

 

 

Free Yearly Evernote Calendar and Planning Templates

Evernote free yearly calendar templates in the Colorful theme.

Clearly see your year, month, week, and day with the Evernote Free Yearly Planning Templates.

The templates are available in Evernote green or a colorful variety that you can use to keep track of you time, events, and appointments.

These simple, but effective templates are designed especially for people with important scheduling tasks.

Monthly Digital Maintenance Templates by Simplify Days

Simplify Days Monthly Digital Maintenance Guide Template for Evernote
(c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of SimplifyDays.com

SimplifyDays.com is a site offering organizational advice and instruction, including free templates for Evernote.

Check out the Monthly Digital Maintenance Guide, which is a great way to stay on top of what is an increasingly complicated area of life for many of us.

Note: In order to access any of the templates or information on this site, it will be necessary to register and opt-in to regular email deliveries from this company.

More Notes About Your Own Evernote Template Collection

Since you may be reading this at a time of goal-setting or renewed efforts for organization, you may want to consider one additional step of preparation.

Create a separate Templates folder. Think of this like a bank. Put your templates, especially those you find from resources outside of Evernote, into the folder, and then when you find a reason to use one it's ready and you know exactly where to find it.

To use the template, simply select it with a right-click and choose Copy to Notebook. This allows you to place a copy of this template in a destination folder of your choice.

Sharing notes with your team

Since you can customize your templates and re-use them as needed, collaborating with your team may be a good idea. Depending on your plan, you may be able to share note templates and further increase productivity with your team.