If I’m working on something and I feel bogged down, or I just need a change of scene, sometimes I’ll step away from my computer for a while, to air out my mind. Often whilst I’m doing this I’ll think of a possible solution to try, or a new idea I want to develop. Something that I want to remember when I get back to my computer.
These thoughts are generally just slightly too specific, immediate or nebulous to put into Omnifocus. But if I don’t get them down somewhere I often forget them by the time I get back to whatever I was doing. I realized I needed something that would allow frictionless entry and would be the first thing to appear when my computer wakes up.
So I made this Keyboard Maestro1 macro / Drafts action combination. The workflow is simple:
Type my thoughts into Drafts and they get appended to a text file in my Dropbox.
When my Mac wakes Keyboard Maestro runs a macro that pops up all the text from that file and copies it to the clipboard. It then deletes that file so there’s a clean slate.
This must be keyboard week or something ↩
Published on July 30th, 2013