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Writing Workflow Resources from WordCamp Seattle

A few resources that I mentioned during my talk today at WordCamp Seattle about my writing workflow. Once the video of my talk is online at WordPress.tv, I’ll share that as well so you can have the complete picture.

Roughly in the order they should’ve been mentioned during my talk:

  • Field Notes – notebooks that I carry everywhere for idea capture
  • OmniFocus – task management application based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done priciples.
  • Evernote – note taking and capture application
  • Dropbox – easily synchronize your plain text drafts (or anything) between computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
  • Markdown – markup language for easy writing for the web
  • Markdown Field Guide – iBook by David Sparks and Eddie Smith with a huge quantity of information about learning Markdown including a bunch of audio interviews and screencasts
  • Byword – Mac, iPhone, iPad text editor with excellent Markdown support
  • MarkdownPad – Windows text editor for Markdown
  • Markdown QuickTags – WordPress plugin for editing Markdown in the WordPress post editor
  • Publish Confirmation Plugin – WordPress plugin to ask you if you’re really sure you wanted to mash that Publish button
  • Editorial Calendar – WordPress plugin for a, um, editorial calendar
  • Dashboard Scheduled Posts – WordPress plugins to show scheduled posts in a widget on the WordPress admin dashboard
  • Sprout Social. – Social media management system that, among other things, allows for queued and scheduled social media updates

Feel free to comment with any questions. A couple of the links above are affilate links and I’ll get a tiny commission if you buy something.

Alfred 2 Workflow: Create OmniFocus Tasks

[Alfred icon]Here’s an Alfred 2 workflow for creating tasks in OmniFocus. This workflow contains three separate actions:

  • New OmniFocus task – keyword ofnew – creates a new OmniFocus task in the inbox using the argument supplied as the task description:
    ofnew Enter the Task Name Here
  • New OmniFocus task from Chrome URL – keyword ofchrome – creates a new OmniFocus task pulling the page title from the currently-focused tab in Google Chrome, with the corresponding URL as a note
  • New OmniFocus task from Safari URL – keyword ofsafari – creates a new OmniFocus task pulling the page title from the currently-focused tab in Safari, with the corresponding URL as a note

Feel free to adapt, modify, and build on these scripts as you see fit. If you find a problem, please leave a comment below and I’ll update as needed.

Download CreateOmniFocusTasks.alfredworkflow

Interesting Links Roundup: November 9th

As I wander the web I find interesting things. I share:

What have you seen lately that’s interesting?

Confessions of a Workflow Addict

I have a thing for workflows.

I really enjoy reading and listening to stories about how others do their work, especially when it’s a tale from someone who has proven themselves to be one who creates something interesting and often.

  • When I see that a new episode of Mac Power Users features a workflow interview, I get all tingly.
  • When a smart photographer dives into their photo processing or archiving system, I pay attention.
  • When Merlin talks about Cranking, I’m going to devote time to read it.

I realize that focusing on workflow could suck energy into the process rather than the result. As Eddie points out today over at Practically Efficient, messy studios can make great art.

I’d like to think I learn from others’ workflows in order to improve my own, allowing me to be more efficient in my various tasks so that I’m able to devote more energy towards shipping great things rather than performing tasks which constitute overhead. Yes… this is how I like to think of it. Because if the focus is on the process rather than the results, then I have failed. It matters that one GSD (gets shit done) and not how one does it.

I realize that every paragraph here that’s not a bullet point started with the word “I”; this is about my situation. It may or may not apply to you. But if it does, I hope it’s been helpful or interesting in some way.