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The TODO Silo

Yesterday I saw the news that Microsoft will be shutting down Wunderlist in 2020. I’d used Wunderlist for a time before its acquisition, and it was a decent task manager. But I moved away because while it looked beautiful, its way of working didn’t quite gel with me. (That’s also a criticism I have of Trello.)

Microsoft now have their own app, with the unoriginal name of Microsoft To-Do. It’s sorta-kinda the successor to Wunderlist, and the app they’re suggesting that current users migrate to. You can also export your data from Wunderlist as a ZIP file, although I’m not sure how useful that’ll be. From my experience with other services, it’s a nicety that doesn’t help if you want to import that data into another service.

This got me to thinking about the information I put into Todoist. While I get immense value using Todoist to organise my life, its ability to export data is rather limited. For one thing, I’d need to go to the web version of the app to even attempt that. That’s not soley a criticism of Todoist, by the way. Trello has export options too, but none let me import the data into Todoist, so I ended up re-entering some stuff by hand.

So now I ensure that any info that I want to keep for posterity gets copy-pasted to a file somewhere. One I can access from the cloud if need be.

Could it be the folks who do all their organising using plain text files, or even physical bullet journals, are onto something?

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For 2020, I’m going to go all-in on using the keyboard as much as possible to control my Mac.

This is going to require unlearning a few habits, such as closing windows instead of hiding them.

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Today I bought the MacSparky Keyboard Maestro Field Guide. I’ve been using Keyboard Maestro for a while now, and it’s super useful, but I know I’m barely using its full potential.

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I’ve tried Drafts on iOS, but I just can’t figure out how to get it doing what I want. Same with Shortcuts. I think the problem for me is that there’s no Help system in iOS. That’s what I always turned to on Mac and Windows.

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Doing this week: Getting Started on WordPress – IndieWeb

I’m using Todoist to set myself weekly and monthly goals now, as well as daily ones. Time to level up my productivity and commitment.

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Since @jack posted about how he’s switching around his work system, here’s mine.

Writing—Sublime Text
Tasks/Notes—Todoist
Archival—DEVONthink Pro Office

Journalling is combination of iCloud Drive and Sublime Text, with Keyboard Maestro and Hazel for automation. It works for me.

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I tried out Mailbutler over the weekend to see if it could improve my workflow. Sadly, while it does improve Apple Mail in several ways, I didn’t find the task and note functions that great. Possibly because I prefer not to use my email inbox as my task list.

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I’m going to give the beta version of DEVONthink 3 a try-out, and way up the pros and cons of that versus Evernote.

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Productivity and Promises

Shawn Blanc:

Your productivity and your moral character are not intertwined.
Meaning: Getting things done does not make you a good or better person. And, conversely, failing to be “productive” does not make you a bad person.

This is something I finally started to grok this past year.

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One side-effect of using Freedom to block social media sites for most of the day is the way that it renders articles that lean heavily on content from those places. All of said content disappears, leaving article very much talking about nothing. Truth revealed.