Evernote and Siri Shortcuts = Gamechanger!

I didn’t think this would be a big deal — I was wrong!

Siri Command Opens Evernote Note

iOS 12 introduced the Shortcuts App for iPhone and iPad.

“One of the most exciting additions to iOS 12 for iPhones is called Shortcuts, a tool integrated with Siri to help you get things done faster.” — Gadgethacks.com article

Aside from the actual Shortcuts App, iOS 12 now gives us the ability to assign voice-activated shortcuts to selected apps (and, right now, Evernote is a good one!)

One of my favorite productivity apps is Evernote note-taking. Having voice access to notes, saved searches, specific tags, etc. is a productivity boost that you can’t really imagine until you set them up!


My Top Evernote Siri Shortcuts

Here are six shortcuts I set up immediately and have immediately noticed a substantial benefit to my workflow:

1 — “Evernote business card”

Opens my digital resource card of all my professional info linked — easy sharing.

Digital Business Card

2 — “Evernote today”

Opens Evernote with just notes I created today displayed.

Display Notes Created Today

3 — “Evernote pending”

Opens my note where I maintain immediate pending items. I look at this daily.


4 — “Evernote Client 1”

Opens Evernote showing just notes tagged with a specific client code. Multiple versions of this — Client 1, 2, 3, etc.


5 — “Evernote Daily Monitor”

This is a “Table of Contents” note that I use to “launch” me to different content that I maintain and need frequent access to.

Evernote “Daily Monitor” Note

6 — “Evernote do this”

Opens notes tagged with DonDoThis! (one of my favorite tags for articles, videos, or any miscellaneous content that I want to come back to).


Setting Up An Evernote Siri Shortcut

This is very straight forward, once you have done it once. Here’s how:

  • Access Evernote note, search, etc. that you want shortcut for. Access “Create a Siri Shortcut”.
Access Note → Tap Create Siri Shortcut
  • Record phrase. Make sure it’s the phrase you wanted. Done. You can also come back and edit it at anytime.
Record Phrase — Your Done. The Shortcut is now active!

My focus above is on Evernote, but other apps have this capability also. Here is an article that highlights other apps that have Siri shortcuts functionality.

Good luck!

I would love to hear what your favorite Siri shortcuts are. Let me know in the comments below.


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