Guess I should follow up with where I am with the projects from previous posts.
Grocery lists (here and here): I’ve stopped adding them to the Numbers spreadsheet. Took too long and had some fragility issues around the script that processed the data on the Mac. Instead, I use Drafts to post things to the list in Evernote.
Date recognition (here): Became a moot point when Hazel added a better implementation to its rules.
As for task management, I’m using a variation on The Secret Weapon which probably needs some more revision. (Future post, I’m sure.) At the time, I liked the idea of using Evernote and was headed towards it being Where I Lived. I still use it a lot, but I don’t live there. More of a vacation home, really.
That was fast.
Unfortunately, I pretty quickly remembered what I didn’t like about The Secret Weapon. Because it’s within Evernote, it was always multiple steps to add a task, multiple steps to see what’s on my list, and multiple steps to make sure I was only looking at my 1-Now list instead of everything. And I never felt confident that I was getting everything into view.
I did scan all the business cards I’ve gotten and held on to into Evernote though. So now I can take a bunch of folks out of my contacts list – people I’ve met, good to have handy but don’t need to be clogging up the Address Book.
I’m finally starting to get Evernote. Kind of. For me, it’s to notes what Dropbox is to files – always around, synced on all my devices. I think with a bit of tinkering I can get it into my workflow.
Next up, some good old fashioned automation.
I decided it was time to go all-in with Evernote. I’ve been toying around with it here and there and trying to figure out how it would fit into my workflow. I had been using Remember The Milk, and while it worked, it never felt quite right. I had read about The Secret Weapon, a GTD process built on Evernote, and tried it once before, but had dropped it because of two perceiving missing items. One was location based reminders, which I could get with RTM’s app, and the other was an easy way to handle recurring tasks without cluttering up my to do list.
As it so often turns out, I didn’t actually need the location based reminders. So how could I get recurring tasks? Hm. IFTTT could write to Evernote. So now I just needed to figure out how to trigger IFTTT at the right time. If it was just one or two tasks at predictable times, I could probably use the Date & Time trigger. But I want something flexible so I don’t need to create recipes for each task. FInally, it dawned on me. Create entries in Google Calendar, put “[todo]” in the event description, and create an IFTTT trigger for events matching a search to write into my Evernote notebook.
I guess we’ll know if it works on Friday when I need to clean the litter box.