Integrating Pocket with Todoist via IFTTT

Myles Gray asked me how I integrate Pocket with Todoist, after my How I use Todoist post, and the answer is very simple: IFTTT. If-This-Then-That lets you connect services, and create rules (or applets) that trigger based on events in those services, luckily both Todoist and Pocket are supported.

Now, there is a bit of overlap between how I use Pocket and Todoist, but I mainly use Pocket to keep track of links I want to either read later, or use as basis for blog posts.

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I have two main IFTTT recipes that takes care of my integration between the two. Both of these use Pocket as the source, and Todoist as the target, I do not transfer anything from Todoist to Pocket.

IFFT Applets:

“If new item tagged read, then create a task in To Read”

Simply put, if I tag something with the tag read in Pocket, it gets added to my “To Read” sub-project in Todoist. This allows me to quickly move a Pocket item into Todoist as an action item, with the complete URL. It does not assign a label, nor does it set a priority—but it allows me to have a nice link list in Todoist with items I want read later. Of course, the Todoist Chrome extension allows me to do similar things, but only from the browser. Since I use IFTTT to add my Twitter likes to Pocket etc, it makes sense to have most of that collected in one place for further investigation.

“If new item tagged todo, then create a task in Inbox”

Similar to the one above, just with the todo tag instead. Naturally those links get placed in my “To Do” project instead. The difference here is that those that go into my To Do project, are things that I want to actively do something with (besides reading). That might be create a blog post based on something, send it to a client or coworker, or similar tasks.

Workflow

For me, Pocket works as a first repository of content I want to check out, and the content I want to do something further with, they live in Todoist. Once they are in Tooist, it’s trival to move them over to the correct projects and/or labels for organizing.

I have also set up a recurring task, with mobile alerts, to make sure I check my Pocket-lint at least once a week.

I’m sure there are other, and more fancy ways of doing this, or even improve on them. Please leave a comment if you do something similar, or something that I haven’t even thought of at all.

Nerdgasm: Combining Todoist and Evernote, because awesome

A while back I declared Evernote bankruptcy, even if I managed to misspell it while doing so:

  The thing is, I really want to use Evernote in a proper and organised manner. The problem is; I was completely unable to do so, mostly since I had no clear idea on the how, the when and the why back when I started using it many moons ago. In the end, all I had was a lot of unorganised notes, with no clear idea or taxonomy. So, to get myself out of the mess I had made, I decided to delete all my notebooks, and stacks, and move every single note I had into a new @graveyard notebook. I then decided on a new top-level notebook hierarchy that I wanted to make general enough to fit most notes into, but still keep it reasonably structured. For now, I’ve decided on the following structure (I’ve excluded a couple here, but you get the gist):

  • @Graveyard
  • @Inbox
  • @To-Do
  • @To-Blog
  • Personal
  • Professional
  • Clippings

 

  So far this works really well, and it’s easy to find a fitting notebook to place new notes in. I have yet to really do the required cleanup of tags to also make sure that I’m consistently using a sensible taxonomy, but I’m getting there slowly. For more tips on how you can organize Evernote, check out Matt Brenders The Non-obvious Guide to Evernote Awesomeness. I clearly need to have a closer look to the suggestions Matt has about using tags! I realize that the title of this post has nothing to do with how I managed to get control over my Evernote content again, but rather how I use it in conjunction with Todoist. So here it is; As with most other popular online services, both Todoist and Evernote integrate with IFTTT.  I’ve set up a recipe that automatically creates a new note in my @To-Do notebook when a new task is added in Todoist: IFTTT Recipe: Create To-Do note in Evernote from tasks in Todoist connects todoist to evernote

Pre-formatted notes like this makes it easy to fill out detailed information for the task in Evernote, without cluttering the Todoist tasks with information that is better stored and indexed in Evernote.

The pre-formatted notes looks like this:

Evernote 2014-12-03 17-34-14

 

In addition to this, I’ve created a saved search in Evernote called “Daily Review (any:any: created:day updated:day)” that shows me all notes that has been updated the same day, to give me a quick overview. Not quite GTD, but better than total anarchy and disarray.

I also have IFTTT recipes for putting the tweets I favorite into Evernote, so I reference and move the ones I want to inspect further into either @To-Read or @To-Learn.

So far, so good. At least there is some level of organization to my Evernote madness now, and that has to be a good thing.

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