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: My valentine understands me.

: Ahoy, micro.blog-osphere! Is there a way of having a non-production environment to build in? I’d …

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: The 🫠 empji is the most useful one to come around in a while.

: Note to self: problems are not solved with blank pages.

: I spend a near unhealthy amount of time time staring at this. This was easily one of my top 3 builds …

: My app defaults On the ninety-seventh episode of the Hemispheric Views podcast, which has gathered a storm of infamy …

: I feel like could legitimately be a remake of Apple’s iconic 1984 ad, except with Apple on the giant …

: Random Acts Sometimes I just need a little inspiration to get unstuck. This Shortcut adds 1, 3, or 5 random …

: Is it just me or is every Shortcuts action to do with markdown bizarrely broken?

: I 100% would love Continuity Camera for iPad. To be able to join a meeting, be on camera, and share …

: Don’t do anything that would make John Wick want to kill you. Don’t try to kill John Wick. It’s …

: Hm, the 17.0.1 security updates are not out in the beta feeds. Set updates to beta off to make sure …

: Horizontal rule This is so dumb, but I’m tired of hacky and weird ways to insert a horizontal rule in Mail.app, so I …

: Every day is a chance to make someone else’s.

: Review my Things Perhaps another one for the “so-simple-it-works” pile, I made myself a review workflow for Things. …

: My Things task deferral workflow One of the things (ha) that I miss since adopting things as my task management system is the notion …

: Unprompted, uncoached, and not even by my introduction, my daughter just put on The Smiths. I think …

: My beacon list When I’m not sure where to turn, let this list light a way forward. Touchstones Work hard Be …

: I told her what time it is.

: Hands (Nathan Sawaya, Art of the Brick) 🧱

: My daughter pointed out that it is polite to say “Have a great day!”, but creepy to say “Enjoy the …

: Golf score tracker This is a neat Shortcut that was requested by an internet friend that I thought others might find …

: If I gave myself the title of Freelance Shortcuts Developer, what might I do with that? Maybe indie …

: Just clap your hands.

: I see… blue skies… through the tears in my eyes. And I realize: I’m. Going. Home.

: What do Microsoft 365 users do in leap years?

: Log a Book in Things I love keeping track of my reading, and though I keep my library up in micro.blog, I also track my …

: Apple Watch: It’s time to stand! Me: Deletes iCloud account.

: Fun iOS 17 feature: searching a Shortcut in Spotlight gives the option to run it and the three dots …

: Creating a content workflow in Bear I thought this might be a fun little thing to try, tracking content through its states while I work …

: Tasks from Bear to Things Share a Bear note to this Shortcut (not an export or text, but a full Bear note), and it will look …

: Calculate percentage change Because I always forget how math works, this Shortcut asks for a current and previous result of a …

: Blog a Shortcut This Shortcut is one I just set up using the Humboldt actions for Shortcuts. It asks for the name of …

: Bear Tasks to Things This makes me pretty happy, a new Shortcut that takes Bear tasks to Things so that I can jot down …

: Finished reading: Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer 📚 … this might take a while to process.

: Shortcut: Copy link to file I worry that this is wildly engineered, but I couldn’t find an easy way (or way at all?) to …

: After.

: Family togetherness is a bacon-wrapped turkey.

: Shortcut: Clear Today’s Things Another day, another list of incomplete stuff in my Today list in Things. Sometimes life has other …

: TIL: Text Replacements, as set in Keyboard Settings in iOS/iPadOS/macOS also work on the Watch.

: Shortcut: Review my Things Someday list One of the things (ha) that I really like about OmniFocus is the review feature, particularly …

: With thanks to Beck Tench for inspiration that I took some time ago in a Learn OmniFocus, I have …

: Tag these Things Here is another Things Shortcut that takes selected tasks and tags them with a tag named through ask …

: My son made dinner!

: TIL that port 17 is generally reserved for QOTD (Quote of the day), which is technically its own …

: Finished reading: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 📚 I read this back in 2017, and wow, there was a …

: Bump Things Tasks Okay, so I don’t always finish my work as intended. Fine. To help out, here is a Things Shortcut …

: Agenda Daily Note with Tasks from Things Certainly, there are all the Shortcuts on my Day automation page, but I happened to simplify one …

: Just finished (again): Rabbits: A Novel by Terry Miles 📚 This was my second go, and despite knowing …

: Finished: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny 📚 I enjoyed this in the end, but it was trickier at …

: Just finished: The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny 📚. My favourite of the series so far, a fantastic …

: No PKM necessary Personal knowledge management apps are unnecessary because they focus on the wrong aspect of …

: Obsidian vs. Bear When comparing Bear to Obsidian, it is clear that Bear is the superior note-taking application. …

: I think I found a new blog genre I love: productivity shitposts generated by GPT.

: Well then. 6,167 pieces. And presumably a whole additional room to keep it in? But wow. …

: Make a Things project from a task template Another Things Shortcut, this one is for creating a project based on an existing task as a template. …

: So about iPads There is a lot of chat about this excellent Viticci article on MacStories, looking at the art of …

: We are at the pinnacle of technological capability, hurtling towards singularity, and I still don’t …

: Job titles Some of the job titles I’ve held. How is this not fiction? Paper carrier (okay fine, flyers) Nanny …

: Just finished: So, Anyway… by John Cleese 📚 Very enjoyable! It read like it was written to be …

: Preparing for a Meeting with Things Converting an OmniFocus Shortcut for use with the new Things 3.17 Shortcut actions (currently in …

: As content-generating AIs continue to improve, I’m excited that the skills of the future lie not in …

: So long and thanks for all the fish “You know," said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a …

: My first read of 2023: Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 📚 I love …

: Some things I find impossible: Typing “thanks” correctly on the first try (always thnaks) Leveling …

: LEGO Botanicals give me so much joy every day 🧱

: I really love the bookshelves feature in micro.blog! I wonder if there is a plugin for other …

: Quite cool, I am now officially certified as a Getting Things Done trainer. So I guess this means I …

: Shortcut with Things: Meeting Prep Email Recently, Cultured Code, the group behind the task management app Things, shared that the upcoming …

: Email inbox: 0 Task management inbox: 0 Desk inbox: 0 Best last Friday of a year scoreboard.

: It’s a beautiful frosty morning! 📷

: Racing Ferrari old school 🧱

: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

: omg www.lego.com/en-us/pro… 🧱

: Snack time!

: Some days, you don’t even need to know the difference between °C and °F.

: Discovering @effinbirds on micro.blog is today’s joy sparked.

: I look at Twitter because of muscle memory, but every time I do, it just makes me feel sad. I’m very …

: My favourite read of 2022: Rabbits Loving the bookshelf feature in Micro.blog, I thought it would be fun to organize my reading. I love …

: Why I think about augmented reality I am really looking forward to more mainstream augmented reality (AR) for my own generated content. …

: Because I am sentimental and nostalgic, there is a very strong association for me between Christmas …

: Inspired by the @GabrielCornish 📺 post, here is my “introduce yourself in five TV shows”: Severance …

: Stable! 🥰

: He and I both.

: The mood in which I find myself.

: Loving the Bookshelf feature on micro.blog! I was looking a while ago for an easy way to store and …

: heyscottyj.com is now living on micro.blog! There is still a lot I want to do, but the good news is …

: Tonight I muck with my website in the interest of simplifying. Hurrah!

: Agenda Daily Journal Widget with WidgetPack

I’m a big fan of Agenda, and use it to store a daily journal for myself. Recently, I was inspired …

: Easy Access to Daily Journals

The Agenda app has great widgets, but I find myself wanting to make sure I always have at-hand …

: HeyScottyJ's Day Automation Shortcuts

Structure your day, combining the notetaking and task management experiences.

I love having a …

: Day Automation: Agenda Rapid Email Clipper

I got clued in to this tweet by the wonderful Federico Viticci through the latest Shortcuts …

: Day Automation: Agenda Daily Log OmniFocus Variant

Update 07/25: Improved URL encoding, link handling, and some other light refinements. Hope you love …

: Day Automation: Rapid Logging with OmniFocus

Update 07/19: Now with OmniFocus task notes

Update 07/20: Fixed unintentionally re-used task note …

: Day Automation: Rapid Logging

When it comes to capturing things as they come in to my life, I love the notion of rapid logging as …

: Day Automation: Agenda Daily Log

I thought it would be good to do a series about how I automate my days as a means of keeping myself …

: MS Productivity

I got to talk about my health when I had the opportunity to guest on the Conduit podcast (which was …

: Search and Replace in Agenda

I posted about this on the Agenda community, but figured it belongs here as well: I made a Shortcut …

: Productivity in Illness

“You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.” – …

: Lists to Go with Cheatsheat

It was just a month or so ago that was thinking I needed a good way to take particular OmniFocus …

: [v1.21] Sticking Stuff Together with Bubble Gum

v1.21 update

: Shortcuts and Widgets on Learn OmniFocus

I recently had the enormous pleasure of being able to return to Learn OmniFocus, joining Tim …

: Making Meetings with Shortcuts

I recently needed to conduct a series of user interviews at work to get feedback and engage in …

: Working Agile in Slack with Shortcuts

Recently, I was introduced to Block Kit for Slack, and I was super pumped to try to …

: The Deliberate Productivity Workspace

On the latest episode of Nested Folders, Rosemary Orchard and I talked about decluttering for …

: Productivity Home Screen: Reminders Edition

I wrote about re-imaging my Home Screen for productivity, and have gotten some tremendous feedback …

: My Reimagined Productivity Home Screen

Update: The links for the Get To It and Dashboard widgets have been updated with fixes (addressed …

: OmniFocus Widgets 2.0 with WidgetPack

Update: just fixed a minor bug in refresh for Flagged and Forecast-Tagged widgets - links updated …

: Working OmniFocus with Widgets

Maybe I'm impatient, but I just love OmniFocus as my task management system, but am also finding my …

: In or Out, It Can Be That Simple

At my work, we develop goals on a quarterly cadence, and we do so pretty thoughtfully in order to …

: Homescreen Goodness: Using iOS 14 and Charty to Keep on Track

I am loving using the iOS 14 widgets to keep a clear eye on my day, and with Charty and its (beta) …

: Easier Integration of Shortcuts and Slack with Data Jar

Back on episode 25 of Nested Folders, Rosemary Orchard and I discussed agreements and the many kinds …

: Solved: Making Checklists in OmniFocus via Reminders

One of the features I wish OmniFocus had was the ability to add checklists. As an example, I need to …

: Automating Next Action Creation in OmniFocus

One of the things I wanted to make easier was how to build a new action in OmniFocus based on an …

: My Guided Weekly Review

I really really benefit from the review of my projects and actions weekly, but I find it so hard to …

: The Coronavirus and ADHD are Terrible Roommates

I generally prefer to write shorter form, but I’ve failed at that here. Maybe fix a sandwich …

: Preparing for a 1:1 Meeting

I’ve written before about a Boss Review Shortcut, a way to make it easier for me to prepare …

: Automating Emails With Data Jar

I don't write code, and I don't know how to script, but I really love the value of automation. This …

: Creating Better Structure: My Digital Bullet Journaling

Last year, I spent the time reading The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll, and also wrote …

: Three Next Actions On the Breaking Perfectionist Blocks episode of Nested Folders, Rosemary Orchard and I spitballed an …

: Avoiding Distraction in OmniFocus Inbox Processing

Processing my OmniFocus inbox is critical for me, because I capture like a maniac, but because I am …

: Taming my Drafts Inbox

I am (once again) in love with Drafts, and having all my text start there.

While I love the idea …

: Safari Reading List in Agenda If you’re keen on having all the things in Agenda, I made a Shortcut called Agenda Clipper for …

: Seeing OmniFocus Completions

There was a question on the OmniGroup Discourse Forums the other day about seeing completed items in …

: The Agenda Meeting Wrap-Up Shortcut

In the past, I have written about my Agenda and OmniFocus workflow. Today, I’m excited to …

: My Project Structure for 2020

On the last several episodes of Nested Folders, Rosemary Orchard and I have discussed topics that …

: Projects in OmniFocus and Agenda

On episode 12 of the Nested Folders podcast, Actions vs. Reference, I mentioned a shortcut to create …

: The Daily Agenda Journal Shortcut

I had a blast writing about Shortcuts with OmniFocus 3.4 last week, but based on reader Jason …

: Day Five: The Daily Journal, Five Days of OmniFocus Shortcuts

It’s day five of my series of posts about the wonderful addition of Shortcuts automation in …

: Day Four: Inbox Processor, Five Days of OmniFocus Shortcuts

It’s the penultimate post in this series of Shortcuts for OmniFocus! For day four, I’m serving …

: Day Three: Today's Actions, Five Days of OmniFocus Shortcuts

Carrying on with Shortcuts sharing in support of OmniFocus 3.4, this one is a quick reference …

: Day Two: Project Markdown Table, Five Days of OmniFocus Shortcuts

It’s day two of sharing Shortcuts that take advantage of the new OmniFocus 3.4 capabilities, and …

: Day One: Five Days of OmniFocus Shortcuts

There’s a new release of OmniFocus in the world, and does it ever bring some powerhouse features …

: Collaborating with Shortcuts and Ulysses

On lucky episode 7 of the Nested Folders Podcast, Rose Orchard and I discussed how we “do …

: Is It Worth Automating? And a Shortcut or Two

On this week's episode of the Nested Folders podcast, Rosemary Orchard and I discussed automation …

: How I Weekly Review

On this week's episode of the Nested Folders podcast, Rosemary Orchard and I discussed our …

: When Not to be Productive

On this week’s Nested Folders podcast episode, Rose and I talked about when not to be …

: Me on LearnOmniFocus

Earlier this year, I had the great pleasure of working with Tim Stringer of Learn OmniFocus to …

: Announcing Nested Folders After several months of discussion, planning, preparation, and writing, I am so proud to announce …

: From Digital Bankruptcy to More Attention: How I Fixed My Broken System

My system has been broken. Not broken in the way that the mechanics of it don’t work, but broken in …

: The Boss Review

A weekly status review on projects with one’s boss tends to be part of having a job, and I was …

: Fifty-Two Project Goals

We’re well in to January, but it’s still resolution season, right?

Every year, around this time, I …

: Managing Gift Giving

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping? I know I do. Thankfully, I have a workflow for how I …

: My Agenda Action Workflow

In a previous post, I wrote about my iOS Shortcut that connects Agenda to OmniFocus. With thanks to …

: OmniFocus for the Holidays

It’s that magical time of year where I have to shovel my driveway four times in one weekend, but …

: No Commitments Left Behind

I’m a meetings guy. Largely not by choice, but a lot of my work day is meetings.

One of the biggest …

: OmniFocus 3 Tags are Lists

One of the marquee features of OmniFocus 3 is the move from Contexts to Tags. I adore this …

: Organize Information to Make Something Out of Nothing

I was recently asked by a colleague how I approach the development of new strategies or processes or …

: Unsure? Two maybes make a probably.

: Today's Progressive Disclosure

I’m going to write a bit more about the Forecast and Forecast Tag in OmniFocus 3, because I …

: What’s In A Name? Everything.

In the physical world, things have names for a few purposes:

  1. Common language
  2. Identity or brand …

: Whither HeyScottyJ

The last few weeks of my career have been tough. Like, really tough.

We’ve all been through this. …