Save your ideas instantaneously with Actions

Ideas

Last week, while scanning my daily feeds, I stumbled upon a great article by Steven Johnson.

In it, Steven suggests we should have a “Spark” file to quickly store our fleeting ideas, for later review.

This ensures our “sparks” are saved with minimal hassle, something creative individuals know to be of vital importance. However, the ability to quickly get “stuff out of our head” and save it, can be of great value to anyone.

I personally use a similar method to get rid of those “dancing ghosts inside my head” commonly called ideas, and with Actions it’s instantaneous.

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Streamline Your Search With Google and Actions

Google-Fu

I’m sure that by now you harbor no doubt that Actions is a powerful tool. Its versatility rivaled only by its good looks and the things you can accomplish, limited only by your imagination. OK, I’m exaggerating a little since it does have limitations, but the point I’m trying to make is that with a little bit of creativity, you can combine Actions with tools and services you wouldn’t normally think about – case in point: Google Search.

Over the years, Google Search has evolved beyond a mere search engine. It can inform you of the weather, stock and perform conversions to name just a few things. You can read their extensive documentation to learn more.

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Quick and Visual GTD with Actions and The Secret Weapon

This article is heavily focused on the MAC platform

Evernote, Actions and The Secret Weapon for GTD
There’s no shortage of examples of enterprising users leveraging an apps features to do something other than initially intended. One such case is that of The Secret Weapon (TSW). I’ll let you learn more about what TSW is from their website, but in essence, it uses Evernote as a GTD system. As wild and improbable as this may sound, users swear by it and getting to grips with the workflow is a trivial matter.

TSW uses tags to break tasks up into a couple main contexts: When, What, Who and Where and Notebooks to differentiate between Pending Actions and Completed Actions.

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