I love Firefox. I love everything about Open Source, generally speaking, but I especially love Firefox. It's fast, stable, standard compliant and cross-platform. I can export/import my old bookmarks from Linux into my new MacBook Pro without any hassle. I…
Time for another Quicksilver quickie (sorry, couldn't help myself :-) ). I mean, time for another Quicksilver short tutorial. If you haven't read yet the other tutorials in my blog, I recommend you: Quicksilver: instantly create text files and prepend…
In the last 30 days I posted in this blog 6 mind maps. Some of them were just drafts for the post itself, some of them were real tools that I considered useful. I was curious about the amount of…
Well, in the short series of posts related to my GTD adventures, here comes a very little one, about my email setup. I use Apple's Mail.app, I was an Evolution / Kmail user on the Linux world for years, so…
Now, that was mean, I admit. For the people that are not so into GTD, or productivity, OmniFocus is one of the most hyped GTD applications for Mac OS, and ThinkingRock is a Java application that closely follows the GTD methodology. And being Java is cross-platform, obviously. OmniFocus is not launched yet, but has had is share of buzzwords allready.
The guys at Omni just started a discussion related to their upcoming product, which is not even in beta for now, and, hey, I was a little provoked by this. Why not trying to clarify my own techniques and processes. For that, I only have one piece of software and that is ThinkingRock, so far.
Suppose you are in the middle of something, reading a post on a blog, or writing a fine article in your editor of choice, or even writing some code for your ground breaking web 2.0 application. And ka-boum: you have an idea! Something so interesting, so juicy and fun to think about crosses your mind, than you feel you can’t live anymore until you actually write down that piece of thought. Somewhere, somehow. So there you go:
- leave your current activity/application
- open Finder (or some other program menu containing an outliner application shortcut, for instance)
- open that outliner application
- open a new file in it
- start writing the marvelous idea
- hit save as menu item
- chose location and save
- close the outliner application
- return to your current activity/application
But here’s how it would look like, if you would use Quicksilver:
- type CTRL + spacebar to invoke Quicksilver window (while having the current activity/application still in front of you)
- type “.” and start writing your marvelous idea
- hit TAB and type “cre..” meaning the first letters of your “Create file” action of Quicksilver, and then enter (this really counts like a single action)
- chose location and save
- hit escape to hide Quicksilver window
Huh! We are four steps shorter than the original approach. That counts for less physical work, and less time, almost half, right? Nice, isn’t it? But that’s not the only advantage: you actually remain in the flow, while your thoughts are free to fly. Isn’t that really nice?
So, how we actually do that?
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