Dates, Events, and Reminders

A unique feature of Agenda is how it allows you to attach dates to your notes, and even couple notes to events in your calendar. The notes you take integrate into your projects and daily activities, and you have a complete picture of past, present, and future. In addition, to stay fully on top of things, you can assign reminders to the tasks in your notes. You’ll never forget a thing anymore.

Dates and Notes

Dates and ranges of dates can be added to notes, and edited, using the date button that appears top-right when a note is selected. Clicking the button brings up a calendar control.

Setting the Date

To set the date for a note…

  1. Select the note.
  2. Click/tap the date button top-right on the note.
  3. Use the arrow buttons to move to the desired month.
  4. Click/tap on the date.
  5. Click/tap the Assign Date button.

Note: Changing the date of a note can cause the note to move to a different position in the list, to maintain the correct sorting order.

Tip: On macOS you can move through the calendar quicker by holding the alt/option key while clicking the arrows, it will jump the calendar by year instead of by month. On both macOS and iPadOS you can also use the keyboard arrow keys to navigate the calendar. For an overview of all keyboard navigation options, see Introducing Agenda

Assigning Today’s Date

While you can assign Today’s date to a note in the way described above, a much faster way is to use the Note > Assign to Today menu command on macOS or the ⇧⌘ ⏎ keyboard shortcut.

If you like new notes to be always assigned to Today, you can enable this setting in the Agenda Preferences.

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Setting a Range of Dates

Setting a range of dates for a note is similar to a single date.

  1. Select the note.
  2. Click/tap the date button top-right on the note.
  3. Use the arrow buttons to move to the desired month.
  4. On macOS either…
    • Click and drag across the desired range, or…
    • Click the start date, and hold ⇧ while clicking the end date.
  5. On iOS tap and hold, then drag to across the desired range
  6. Click/tap the Assign Dates button.

Removing a Date

To remove an existing date or range of dates from a note…

  1. Select the note.
  2. Click/tap the date button top-right on the note.
  3. Either…
    • Click/tap on the selected date to deselect it, or…
    • Click/tap on empty space at the bottom of the calendar to deselect.
  4. Click/tap the Remove Date button.

Sorting Order

Notes that include dates are kept in chronological order. By default, they are ordered from newest to oldest, but that can be changed on a per project basis.

To change the sort order of a project…

  1. Click/tap on the project to select it in the sidebar.
  2. Click/tap the project title at the top of the list of notes.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the popover, if needed.
  4. Click/tap the menu item Sort with Earliest Date First

Notes with no date will maintain their position relative to notes with a date.

Filtering Notes by Date

You can filter the notes list based on text using the search field that appears when you click the magnifying glass icon, but you can also filter by date.

To filter notes based on date or range of dates…

  1. Select the project or overview you want to filter in the sidebar.
  2. Click/tap on the magnifying glass button to show the search controls.
  3. Press the calendar button that appears to the left of the search field.
  4. To select a single date, click/tap it in the calendar.
  5. To select a range of dates, click/long-tap and drag the range, or on macOS select the start date, and then click the end date holding down ⇧.
  6. Apply any other filters desired, e.g. entering a search term.

Tip: You can save the date filter as a smart overview in the sidebar, for instance to always be able to quickly see tomorrow’s notes. Learn more about how to create smart overviews in Searching and Filtering


Calendar Events

Applying dates to your notes is already very useful, but sometimes notes apply to a particular event, such as a conference you are attending, or a weekly meeting. Agenda allows you to couple a note to an existing event in your calendar, or even create a Calendar event without ever leaving Agenda app.

Connecting with Calendar App

Before Agenda can access events in your calendars, it needs your permission. You need to link your Calendar app to Agenda.

To link Calendar app to Agenda…

  1. Open the Related Info panel on the right by clicking the grip half way up the right side of the window, or open the date popover shown above.
  2. At the top, click/tap the button to Connect to your Calendar.
  3. When prompted, allow Agenda access to your calendars.

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After connecting with the calendar, your calendar events will show in the timeline in the related info pane (see below).

Note: If you initially deny access to your Calendar and want to connect Agenda later, clicking/tapping Connect will open the System Preferences / Settings app and you’ll need to give it access from there.

Selecting Visible Calendars

You might not want to have all your calendars be shown in Agenda, and for example exclude calendars for meeting rooms etc. You can do so by going to the Agenda Preferences

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Premium: Selecting which Calendars and Reminders Lists to show is a premium feature only available upon purchase.

Linking a Note to a Calendar Event

To link a note to an existing event in the calendar…

  1. Select the note.
  2. Click/tap the calendar button at the top-right of the note.
  3. Select the date that the event falls on in the calendar on the left if necessary.
  4. Select the event in the timeline on the right side of the popover.
  5. Press the Link to Event button.

After linking, when you change an event in the Calendar app, Agenda will bring those changes over. If you change the date, for example, the date of the note will change in Agenda too.

Tip: Once linked a small note icon will appear next to the event in the Timeline in the Related info panel. Clicking/tapping this icon will make the notes list jump straight to the note again.

Unlinking a Note from a Calendar Event

To unlink a note from a linked event in the calendar…

  1. Select the note.
  2. Click/tap the calendar button at the top-right of the note.
  3. Click/tap the even in the timeline on the right to unselect it
  4. Press the Unlink Event button.

Other ways to unlink an event is by clicking/tapping the event in the timeline in the related panel and unlink from the menu that will appear. Or though the options in the cog wheel or Note > Unlink Calendar Event menu.

Linking Multiple Notes to a Calendar Event

Sometimes you can have multiple notes related to same calendar event. If you link multiple notes to the same event, this is indicated in the Timeline in the Related Info panel by a “multiple notes” icon. If you click/tap this icon you will see a menu with all the notes linked to that event. Choosing any of these notes will jump the notes list straight to the linked note.

Linking through Drag and Drop

One easy way to link a note to a calendar event is to drag a calendar event onto a note:

or the other way around, to drag a note onto a calendar event:

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Creating a Calendar Event

To create and link a new Calendar event for a note…

  1. Select the note that you want to create the event for.
  2. Click/tap the calendar button at the top-right of the note.
  3. Set a date or date-range for the event (see above).
  4. Click/tap the + button at the top right corner of the date popover.
  5. Complete the details for the event, including:
    • The title of the event
    • The start and end date (on iOS tapping the start and end date will reveal a date picker)
    • The calendar to which to save the event
    • An optional location and/or URL
    • An alert to show when the event becomes due
  6. Click/tap the Create button.
  7. Click/tap the Link to Event button.

Premium: Creating a new event from Agenda is a premium feature, and requires the premium feature upgrade be purchased.

Tip: Agenda automatically parses the date in the title of the note (by default the title of the note also becomes the title of the calendar event) and selects any date found as the start date. The currently selected date is shown both in the calendar (which can be used to change the date), but also in a text field below the event title.

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You can use this text field to quickly jump to a different date. For example, you can type "next week, or “25 dec 2020” to quickly change the calendar to the right date.

Switching Between an All-Day and Timed Event

To toggle between a timed and all-day event…

  1. Click/tap the button at the right next to the start time of the event.
  2. Select the menu option to switch a timed event to an all-day event, and vice versa.

Changing the Time Zone of an Event

To change the time zone for an event…

  1. Click/tap the button shown in the above screenshot.
  2. Navigate the menu and select the desired time zone for the event.

Reminders

Reminders can be useful to stay on top of all the items you have to do. In Agenda you can easily add reminders to your notes, either using a button or menu action or by typing the \remind shortcut. Reminders created and edited in Agenda are automatically synced with the Reminders app.

Connecting with Reminders app

Before Agenda can access events in your reminders, it needs your permission. You need to link your Reminders app to Agenda.

To link Reminders app to Agenda…

  1. Open the Related Info panel on the right by clicking the grip half way up the right side of the window.
  2. At the top, click/tap the button to Connect to your Reminders.
  3. When prompted, allow Agenda access to your reminders.

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Note: If you initially deny access to your reminders and want to connect Agenda later, clicking/tapping Connect will open the System Preferences / Settings app and you’ll need to give it access from there.

Selecting Visible Reminder Lists

You might not want to have reminders from all your lists be shown in Agenda. You can determine from which lists reminders are shown by going to the Agenda Preferences.

Premium: This is a premium feature only available upon purchase. If you don’t have this premium feature, all lists are shown by default.

Adding a Reminder

To insert a reminder in your note…

On macOS:

  1. Select a note and place the cursor where you’d like to insert the reminder.
  2. Choose Note > Add Reminder.

On iOS:

  1. Select a note and place the cursor where you’d like to insert the reminder.
  2. Tap the plus button in the keyboard bar, followed by tapping the reminder icon.

Then…

  1. Set a due date for the reminder by selecting a date in the calendar or typing a date in the textfield.
  2. Complete the details for the reminder, including:
    • The title of the reminder
    • The due time (on iOS tapping the time will reveal a time picker)
    • The reminder lists to which to save the reminder
  3. Click/tap the Create button.

Note: Only due dates in the future can be selected, it’s not possible to create a reminder with a due date in the past.

Reminder Appearance

Once created a reminder can appear in four states in the note. When it has been inserted but not yet scheduled it will appear gray as in the above screenshot. This means it has not yet been inserted into the Reminders app. A scheduled reminder will become orange, and turn red once it has become due. Finally, if a reminder is deleted in the Reminders app while it was not yet due, it will be grayed out with a small cross in the note.

Adding a Reminder using the \remind Shortcut

An even faster way to add a reminder is by typing the \remind action shortcut. Typing \remind or \reminder is the equivalent of the first two steps in the above Add Reminder sequence. However, by providing additional parameters in parentheses you can directly schedule a reminder without the need to a popover.

For example:

\remind(today) will schedule a reminder for today in 30 minutes

\remind(today at 6pm) will schedule a reminder for today at 6 o’clock

\remind(tomorrow evening) will schedule a reminder for tomorrow at 6 o’clock

\remind(in 3 weeks) will schedule a reminder 21 days from now

\remind(25 dec 2020, at 8pm) will schedule a reminder on the 25 dec 2020 at 8 o’clock

Optionally you can also provide an alternative title as a first parameter, separated by a semi-colon.

For example:

- [ ] Some important task \remind(Remember the milk; tomorrow morning)

Will result in:

- [ ] Some important task

and a reminder with the title Remember the milk scheduled at 9am tomorrow morning.

Editing Reminders

To edit a reminder…

  1. Select the note containing the reminder
  2. Click/tap the reminder icon inside the note. The same popover as when creating a reminder will show.
  3. Edit the properties of the reminder, including marking the reminder as completed if desired.
  4. Click/tap the Save button.

The edited reminder will also be updated in the Reminders app.

Deleting a Reminder

To delete a reminder:

  1. Select the note containing the reminder
  2. Click/tap the reminder icon inside the note.
  3. Click/tap the Delete button in the lower left corner of the popover.

The deleted reminder will also be removed from the Reminders app.

Alternatively, deleting the reminder by simply backspacing the icon in the text also deletes the reminder.


The Timeline

Agenda provides a single comprehensive view of all your calendar events and reminders, grouped by day, in an infinitely scrolling list called the timeline. The timeline also allows for a wide range of actions you can perform on the items it displays, from jumping to linked notes, to creating new and editing existing events and reminders.

Navigating the Timeline

The timeline is infinite scrolling list, it will automatically fetch the next or previous batch of calendar items when you scroll down and up, respectively. On macOS you can also scroll per page using the up and down arrow at the top right.

The list also automatically adapts to the selection of notes in the notes list in the centre pane of the Agenda window. The timeline automatically scrolls to the day or event assigned to the selected note, or to today if the note has no date or event assigned. If there is a note with a date or event selected, the relevant day(s) or event will also be highlighted in the timeline with a gray background, and the first day in the selection is marked with an orange circle.

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When you scroll the timeline up or down in a way that the selected day(s) or event are no longer visible, a circle button will appear next to the arrow button (or next to the plus button on iOS) in the top right corner. Clicking/tapping the circle button will scroll the selected day(s) or event back into view.

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Tip: A good keyboard shortcut to remember is ⌘T or View > Show Today’s Calendar, it will recenter the timeline on Today.

Filtering

While normally the timeline automatically follows the selected notes, you can filter and thereby fix the timeline on a certain day or day range by clicking/tapping the calendar icon above the timeline.

To filter the timeline…

  1. Click/tap the calendar icon above the timeline.
  2. Select a day or day range in the calendar popover.
  3. Click/tap the Filter button.

While the filter is active the calendar icon will change to a orange filter icon.

To return the timeline to its normal state…

  1. Click/tap the filter icon above the timeline.
  2. In the popover that shows click/tap the Clear button.

The filter is also automatically cleared if a note is selected that has an assigned date or linked event that falls outside the filtered day range.

Creating New Events and Reminders

When a day is selected in the above calendar popover, a plus button will appear in the lower left corner that allows creating:

  • a new note with the selected date(s) assigned
  • a new calendar event
  • a new quick reminder

A second way to create a new note, calendar event or quick reminder, is to click/tap any day header in the timeline.

Tip: You do not need to click/tap the final day for a new event or reminder in the list. As you can still change the dates in the popover that will show to edit the details, you can start the process by tapping any day in the timeline if you want.

Premium: The timeline allows creating a new reminder outside the context of a note, a so-called Quick Reminder. This is a premium feature only available on purchase. Also the creation of a new calendar event is only available as a premium feature.

Timeline Actions

When you click/tap the items in the timeline a menu is presented with possible actions.

Day Actions

When tapping a day header in the timeline the following actions are available if applicable:

Go to Assigned Note – Jump to the note assigned to this day in the notes list

New Note on This Day – Create a new note with the selected day assigned

New Event – Create a new calendar event starting on the selected day (premium feature)

Quick Reminder – Create a new reminder, unrelated to any note, with the selected day as due date (premium feature)

Calendar Event Actions

When tapping a calendar event in the timeline the following actions are available if applicable:

Go to Linked Note – Jump to the note linked to this event in the notes list

Link to Selected Note – Link the selected event to the note currently selected in the notes list

New Note Linked to Event – Create a new note linked to the selected event

Quick Reschedule – Reschedule the selected event to start on a different date (premium feature)

Edit – Edit the properties of the selected event (premium feature)

Unlink Note – Remove the link between the linked note and the selected event

Show in Calendar – Open the default calendar app and show the selected event

Tip: On macOS Agenda opens your default calendar application when using the Show in Calendar action. You can change your default to your favourite calendar application by going to the preferences in the system Calendar app:

Reminder Actions

When tapping a reminder in the timeline the following actions are available if applicable:

Go to Note – Jump to the note where the selected reminder was added to.

Add to Selected Note – Add the selected reminder to the note currently selected in the notes list

New Note with Reminder – Create a new note with the selected reminder

Mark as Completed – Mark the selected reminder as completed

Quick Reschedule – Reschedule the selected reminder to a new due date (premium feature)

Edit – Edit the properties of the selected reminder (premium feature)

Show in Reminders – Open the Reminders app and show the selected reminder

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How do I remove a calendar link? I tried to delete the Agenda URL in Calendar, but Agenda still shows the link.

How do I remove a calendar link? I tried to delete the Agenda URL in Calendar, but Agenda still shows the link.

You can delete the link by clicking the calendar icon and in the popover click on the selected event again, followed by save. Alternatively, you can click in the grey area of the calendar in the left half of the popover and then save.

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Uhm…will you please share that keyboard shortcut?

Shortcut Command
⇧⌘ U Mark as On the Agenda / Remove from On the Agenda
⌘ ⏎ Mark as Done / Undone
⌥⌘ ⏎ Mark as Done Completely (also Removes from On the Agenda)
⇧⌘ ⏎ Assign to Today

See Introducing Agenda for all keyboard shortcuts

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is it possible to create recurring tasks within Agenda?

is it possible to create recurring tasks within Agenda?

On the Mac not yet, on iOS you can create recurring events. They are supported on both platforms though, as in, recurring events in your calendar will show in Agenda on both Mac and iOS and you link a note to individual instances of the recurring events. On mac you will have to create these events in the Calendar app however.

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Being able to create recurring events on iOS will be a massive help to me when it’s available :+1:

Is it possible to assign a date to a note, but then ALSO link it to a calendar event?
I want to keep the note assigned to today’s date for future reference, but one of my Actions within that note is to follow up with a client a couple days in the future.
Please let me know!

Is it possible to assign a date to a note, but then ALSO link it to a calendar event?

This isn’t possible I’m afraid. I can see the use case you’re describing but am afraid it could get highly confusing quickly. What you describe however is the exact use case for the On the Agenda feature, that meeting with the client in a couple of days you would put on the agenda so you always have it at hand in the days leading up to the event. Afterwards you’d take it off the agenda.

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I guess you could add a #due date like #due(2 days) to the note. The you could setup a search for #due(today), and save that as a saved search, called “Follow Up” or something. That might work.

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I understand that line of thinking.
Could it perhaps be developed in the future in the style of say, iMessages, where if you write the words “today at 9pm” in an iMessage, it creates a selectable hyperlink which takes you to that date? In which you could create a Reminder or a Calendar Entry that links back to the note which contains the date stamp of the day the note was written?
i.e. you could have the option to link to the default Calendar, but also to the default Reminders app?

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I’d find that very useful, too :+1:

I’d like to be able to see a list of notes created on the selected date when scrolling from date to date in the right sidebar. Below “calendar events” for the current date, also show notes for the current date. Is this possible somehow and I’m missing it? I guess what I’m looking for is a calendar for my notes, analogous to the calendar for my events that I’d see in the Calendar app.

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Hi Josh,

Agenda is not designed as a general purpose Calendar app. You probably want to use the real Calendar app for that.

The display on the right relates to the currently selected note. You can see what events are on the same day as that note etc.

What you can do is use search for what you are asking. Select the search field, and then use the calendar button next to it to set a date. Change the search to “Search All” and you should see all the notes on that date. You can change the date, and see the notes for each date. You can also save a particular search as an Overview (eg Tomorrow).

Drew

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Hello - when I link to an existing calendar event, it copies all the calendar note details (VERY lengthy default meeting note - dial-in / scheduling / international options). Is there any way to filter out all existing calendar event notes and not bring it into your agenda note?

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Agenda doesn’t import the event data if the note already contains content, which might be a workaround for you:

  • first create a new note
  • add some content to it
  • only then link it to the calendar event

of course, the alternatively would just be to use command-A to select all context, then hit delete.