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  • email to reminder app

    is there any reminder site or app that will accept a specially formatted email to set the calendar item?

  • #2
    Yes, Toodledo will do this. It's a great gtd app.

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    • #3
      Nozbe and Google Calendar will as well.

      Google Calendar can even add items via SMS, Nozbe can add items via Twitter, and they both allow you to add items via Jott. Lots of options.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mickmel View Post
        Nozbe and Google Calendar will as well.

        Google Calendar can even add items via SMS, Nozbe can add items via Twitter, and they both allow you to add items via Jott. Lots of options.
        Mickmel, Thank you. I have looked close a Nozbe. I do not see where it has the ability to 'remind' me of calendar items? If I can get reminders on my iPhone then this is solved. Can you point that out?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
          Mickmel, Thank you. I have looked close a Nozbe. I do not see where it has the ability to 'remind' me of calendar items? If I can get reminders on my iPhone then this is solved. Can you point that out?
          That's a good point -- I don't think it will physically remind you. Two thoughts:

          1 - If you assign a date to a task in Nozbe, it will automatically become a Next Action on it's due date. A nice touch.
          2 - Items in Google Calendar can be set to give you SMS reminders. I set my default SMS reminder to 10 minutes for any new item. Now, if I add an item to Google Calendar in any way (Jott, SMS, etc), I'll get an SMS reminder to my iPhone.

          With this in mind, I use Nozbe for tasks with due DATES ("design wireframe for new site by Feb 3") and I use Google Calendar for meetings and other items with specific TIMES. It works well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mickmel View Post
            That's a good point -- I don't think it will physically remind you. Two thoughts:

            1 - If you assign a date to a task in Nozbe, it will automatically become a Next Action on it's due date. A nice touch.
            2 - Items in Google Calendar can be set to give you SMS reminders. I set my default SMS reminder to 10 minutes for any new item. Now, if I add an item to Google Calendar in any way (Jott, SMS, etc), I'll get an SMS reminder to my iPhone.

            With this in mind, I use Nozbe for tasks with due DATES ("design wireframe for new site by Feb 3") and I use Google Calendar for meetings and other items with specific TIMES. It works well.
            Hmmm That makes sense for Nozbe, so "everything" non-time specific, Nozbe takes care of with a native iPhone app on the way! Am I getting that correctly?

            1) About time-specific? It looks like the calendar that comes with the iPhone has a reminder feature not dependent on SMS. So that would only leave the "how-to enter items into-it" issue. I feel like the quickest entry for me at work, will be the website, second to email. Can you enter calendar items from the iPhone website?

            2) I like your site. What is your high-tech solution for the tickler file?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
              Hmmm That makes sense for Nozbe, so "everything" non-time specific, Nozbe takes care of with a native iPhone app on the way! Am I getting that correctly?
              Correct. Meetings and appointments go directly into Google Calendar. Any other task goes in Nozbe, with or without a due date.

              I feel like the quickest entry for me at work, will be the website, second to email. Can you enter calendar items from the iPhone website?
              I don't know for sure. I use an iPhone app called SaiSuke, which is a mobile Google Calendar (free "lite" version available, full version $10). I like to keep my options open, so Google Calendar works great -- enter items via web, call them in via Jott, txt them in via SMS, etc.

              2) I like your site. What is your high-tech solution for the tickler file?
              I'm still struggling with that. I use a variety of things, but often just put items on the calendar as reminders out into the future. It's not the best answer. I need to get a better handle on how best to use ticklers theoretically, then how best to implement them technologically. I've got most of my GTD system running well, but that's a hole in it right now.

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              • #8
                almost resolved - time specific action reminders and tickler remain

                mickmel,
                This is great stuff! Thank you for sharing this with me. I'll continue a recap just to solidify it in my own consciousness.

                My system - not yet in place

                PRIMARY LOCATIONS:
                1) Work Outlook - Most of my time during the day is spent in front of my Outlook email at work which I am prohibited from syncing to in any form. I am not prohibited from sending email or receiving email via Outlook. Gmail is prohibited at work.
                2) iPhone
                3) Home PC where I use Gmail

                STUFF:
                Evernote - My electronic reference system. It is outstanding and can even be referenced from my iPhone via it's native app if you really needed to.

                Actionables include the following:
                Nozbe - (entry via web or email) for non 'time' sensitive. Can contain due 'dates' which are starred next actions but no reminders for 'time sensitive' data. The 'tickler' is not well handled by Nozbe out-of-the box. It seems as though there is potentially a way to do that with Nozbe.

                Time Specific items requiring 'reminding'. - You mention Google and I like the fact that there is a native app to use with it. I'd rather not have to pay for reminding though tying me to SMS services. I already pay for Evernote but currently use the free Nozbe service. If I can send to the native Apple iPhone calendar via email, then that issue is resolved entirely.

                Still testing for 'time specific' actionables, and for a tickler system.
                Last edited by tedpenner; 02-04-2009, 07:49 AM.

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                • #9
                  Sounds like a pretty solid system.

                  Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
                  Evernote - My electronic reference system. It is outstanding and can even be referenced from my iPhone via it's native app.
                  Agreed. Evernote is GREAT.

                  I already pay for Evernote but currently use the free Nozbe service.
                  I'm the opposite for now. Free Evernote but I pay for Nozbe. I have 44 projects open in Nozbe which is a bit above the five free ones you get.

                  As I use Evernote more (I've just switched from using Google Notebook WITH Evernote to 100% Evernote) I'll probably have to start paying. Evernote would be so much more useful if the iPhone camera wasn't so awful.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mickmel View Post
                    Sounds like a pretty solid system.


                    Agreed. Evernote is GREAT.


                    I'm the opposite for now. Free Evernote but I pay for Nozbe. I have 44 projects open in Nozbe which is a bit above the five free ones you get.

                    As I use Evernote more (I've just switched from using Google Notebook WITH Evernote to 100% Evernote) I'll probably have to start paying. Evernote would be so much more useful if the iPhone camera wasn't so awful.
                    I think you can 'jailbreak' the iPhone for better applications and likely something that will make the camera perform much better.

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                    • #11
                      evernote

                      I think you can 'jailbreak' the iPhone for better applications and likely something that will make the camera perform much better. I'm glad you switched to Evernote. That's a neat application. The paid version of Nozbe I know I will do too. The reason I am paid with Evernot is that I can attach any type of file. I usually make a note of an item with whatever keywords I might want and then attach the file. I try to stay away from direct text and embedded pictures to the greatest extent possible.

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                      • #12
                        unresolved tickler and reminder

                        I sure do wish the iPhone calendar could get added to from the web and email.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
                          I think you can 'jailbreak' the iPhone for better applications and likely something that will make the camera perform much better.
                          Tickler with Nozbe - looking into that.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
                            I sure do wish the iPhone calendar could get added to from the web and email.
                            Have you looked at http://www.nuevasync.com/
                            I haven't personally tried because I use abn exchange server via my work.
                            It syncs with Goodle Calendar which may open up some options for you.

                            Steve

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tedpenner View Post
                              I sure do wish the iPhone calendar could get added to from the web and email.
                              I'll suggest the SaiSuke app again. It's $10, but fixes what you need because of it's sync with Google Calendar.

                              I also wish that the iPhone calendar had more sync/input options, but it doesn't so you just need to find the best alternative.

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