Separately, Evernote and Moleskine are two great ‘Get Things Done’ brands that are unquestionably the powerhouses of the planner / note taking world.Together, they’re a match made in heaven! The two companies have been collaborating for some time now and have previously released several Evernote Moleskine notebooks and sketchbooks that bridge the analog world and digital world.
I’ve been using Moleskine planners for the last 7 years – it’s an annual tradition now; every November or December I buy a new Moleskine, get my color coding tabs ready and start planning the incoming year.
Every year I always get excited to buy my new planner – will it be a daily, weekly or Taskmaster planner this next year? None: 2015 was destined to be an Evernote Moleskine Planner year. For the last two years, I have been using a Moleskine Large Black Daily Diary, a format which allows a lot of room for thoughts, meeting notes, to-do lists and more.
At the end of the year, I will be able to determine whether the Evernote Moleskine Planner was a good deal, or if I will go back to buying my regular Daily Diary Moleskine for 2016.
The Evernote Moleskine planner isn’t quite like your traditional Moleskine. Some differences (good and bad):
- The planner comes in a weekly format only. The left side features the week ahead and the right page is dedicated to notes. This is great because you can see your week ahead and at the same time have ample room for notes.
- The front cover has an interesting design featuring a pattern of full, half and new moon cycles. I can dig it. The inside turn in and end paper also feature this snappy, yet minimal design.
- Included with purchase is a three month Evernote Premium subscription and a little collection of “smart stickers” along with a tiny handbook on how to use the stickers.
- NOT INCLUDED: most surprising is the lack of an address book insert, a mainstay for all Moleskine planners. Not sure why this feature was eliminated from the Evernote Moleskine Planner, but I plan to use the address book from last year.
All of this is pretty cool but where does the Evernote functionality kick in? Since you now have a 3 month Premium Evernote subscription, put it to use!
Each agenda date features a little spot where you can check mark the date and Evernote will send you an email or push notification to remind you on that day.
I tested this functionality out and it’s not as streamlined as I would want. My input:
- It would be great to have these captured notes automatically go to a “Moleskine 2015” notebook within Evernote, instead of going to my default notebook.
- Also, each captures Evernote Moleskine note should automatically generate a “Week 1” or “Week of December 29 – January 4” subject line on the note.
In a nutshell, having an Evernote Moleskine planner mainly does three things:
- Helps you archive your Moleskine in Evernote (always a good thing)
- Adds Evernote tags to your analog notes (I’m not much of a tag user in Evernote, to be honest.)
- Sends you email or push notifications for a specific date (granted that you’ve already taken a photo of that week you need a reminder for.)
The problem with this structure is that my agenda is constantly getting fuller. On Monday, my week might look a little sparse, but by Wednesday, the rest of the week will be packed with events. This can be problematic because if my agenda changes, then this would mean that I must take multiple photos of a given page, cluttering up my Evernote with photos of the same week.
I’m going to keep going with this for a full year – in December, I will revisit my decision to see whether I will continue with a new Evernote Moleskine Planner or go back to my Moleskine Daily Diary Planner.
Did you order an Evernote Moleskine Planner? What are your thoughts? Let me know: @CrystiCouture