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I am bit confused whether to use Evernote or RTM (Remember the Milk) to implement a GTD like system. I am already a RTM user & have been using it for some time as a GTD system. Now I want to implement a InboxZero & Note filing system ( reading this site inspired me to use Evernote ). The main problem here wether to stick to only one system or is it possible to mix & match two system to implement a GTD system ? If yes, how would one go about it ? Thanks for help in advance.

PS: Is it possible to encrypt tasks/ references in Evernote ?

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Yes, you can encrypt any text in Evernote. Select the text you want to encrypt and then select 'Format => Encrypt Selected Text'. – matrix Jul 11 '11 at 16:47
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You can use both at the same time in an integrated manner.

Evernote to RTM integration was something RTM users are always demanding. When evernote added a 'note link' feature in mid-June, the integration became a possibility. Here is how it works:

  1. Add the reference material (that you intend to put in a RTM task) in an EN note. This material can be text, graphics, links, whatever.
  2. Copy the note link in the EN. Go to RTM, add a task and paste the note link in the url field. You can do this using the EN desktop client or EN web.
  3. Whenever you click on the link in the RTM task, it opens up the EN note.

So, in this way you can use both tools more productively. You can add detail reference to your RTM tasks in EN, and set EN note as a task in RTM.


To copy note link in EN, right click on the note in notes list and select 'Copy Note Link'. Do NOT use 'Share dropdown => Copy Note URL to Clipboard'. Doing so will make the note publicly accessible even without login.

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Oh cool! Thanks for the edit, I nearly Shared the note. How can I copy the note link in web edition ? Thanks for the reply! – Samrat Roy Jul 11 '11 at 17:27
It seems copy note link copies an "evernote:///" type link. I use the webversion which unfortunately does not have this feature. – Samrat Roy Jul 11 '11 at 18:15
@Samrat, In Webversion, navigate to the desired note i.e. the note should be open in the right pane. Then copy the url from address bar of your browser and paste it into RTM. Later, when you click on this URL, it opens up the desired note. – matrix Jul 12 '11 at 3:17

I use Evernote and RTM for different purposes. Initially I might have muddled them up a bit in terms of which system does what, but now I have definitely defined the purposes of each (for myself).

  • RTM - Task management.
  • Evernote - Notes / File Management.
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Thank you! I was thinking in similar lines. – Samrat Roy Jul 11 '11 at 12:34
@JFW, As I mentioned in my answer below, you can integrate both tools to use more productively. – matrix Jul 11 '11 at 16:48

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