So now that I’m not using my Applescript and Numbers grocery list, how am I doing it?
Two key pieces – Drafts for content entry and Evernote for storage. I created a notebook in Evernote specifically for lists.
In Drafts I have tow actions defined. One adds the current note to a predefined groceries note in Evernote. But there’s lots of time where I need to add items to a non-grocery list, like Target, home improvement or pet stuff. So I have a separate action which reads the first line of the note as the notebook and adds the rest of the note to that list.
Because I’m a packrat, I also keep the old lists around. Once I’m done at the store, I rename that list by appending the date to it. (And if Evernote would support TextExpander, that’d be even easier — hint hint).
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.
Bought me a new domain name to go along with an idea I’ve had rattling around my head for a few years now, but just finally figured out a reasonable way to put it out there.
In unrelated news (or is it?), one of my favorite things to do is to go out for a drive and see the Christmas lights people have set up. Loved it since I was a kid, and I’m happy that Grace and Erin like it too.