I’m using OmniFocus 2 on my MacBook Pro and wanting to ‘number’ tasks because at the end of each week, I print a PDF of the tasks completed and outstanding for a particular client. Task numbers make it much easier for the client to reconcile the work I’ve done with the lists they use.
The problem is that OmniFocus doesn’t have a ‘task number’ function.
Keyboard Maestro and a shell script to the rescue. This allows me to get the next sequential task number. Now all I do is type
and it expands out to the next available task number.
In a nutshell I use the shell script to get a variable from a text file (which is the last task number I used), and increment it. Keyboard Maestro is wrapped around this to both trigger it and make it look pretty.
The shell script itself is quite basic, any improvements you can suggest, please do.
I’m a big fan (BIG) of Evernote. I started out using the free service but couple of years ago upgraded to the paid service. How and why do I use it?
Evernote for me is basically my online and offline, on every device I own, digital filing cabinet.
Anything I want to come back to or refer to in the future goes into Evernote. Because it will OCR photo’s and PDF’s I can search and retrieve anything in a snap.
For example, my mail systems (both Gmail and MS Exchange) have rules set to auto forward all the bills I get into Evernote. When my wife calls and says “Have we paid the phone bill?” or “When did we last pay the phone bill?” I simply open Evernote on whatever device is closest to hand, and do a search. I get a list of all the PDF’s, emails, JPG’s etc that are in there. (When we pay a bill we take a screenshot and send it to Evernote, it get’s OCR’ed and index an is thus findable so so easily). The search in Evernote is great.
This makes me far more productive because it means I know I only need to look in one place to find whatever I want.
Side note: Wouldn’t it be great if I could do the same in a ‘native’ way with things like Act! or SugarCRM (both CRM packages)? (I do but it’s a workaround). Bonus, you can tightly integrate Evernote with Nozbe (Task Management package).
Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do.
Level 2: Research the topic and report back
Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options and make a recommendation.
Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what you did.
Level 5: Make whatever decision you think is best.
On Mac OSX (Mavericks) you can find your ‘iCloud’ documents in the relevant application folder like this:
Each application keeps its own documents in a sandboxed folder.
You can make an alias for a file and then move that to an appropriate folder, for example, I’m using Byword on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, thus I want my ‘List.md’ file kept in iCloud. Putting an alias to it on the desktop makes it easy to edit on the Mac. Using GeekTool I can have it automagically display the contents of ‘List.md’ on the desktop, essentially a ‘live’ file no matter where I edit it, even from iDevices.
Michael Sliwinski has relaunched the Productive Magazine . Loving the new format, and excited to hear that it’s now going to be regular each month. I can recommend you go get it, I’ve learnt something from each edition so far.
There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions … There are only companies that have good fast decisions. As companies get bigger, they slow down decision making, and that’s a big problem. via Google’s Biggest Threat Is Google – NYTimes.com.
Min Zhao, an assistant professor of marketing, has this to say:
If you have only one goal it puts you in a more action-oriented mindset and helps you save more … Too much thinking about which goal is more important keeps people from acting. via Rotman School of Management.