Is it a task or is it actually a note? Or would it be best off emailed to someone with a follow up task created in OmniFocus? I don’t make these decisions anymore until I’ve captured the thought, and then I put them in the right place. It makes instant capture much easier and I have fewer “squirrel” moments where I find the app, and then stare blankly at it wondering what I was going to write. I still have OmniFocus in my dock of course, and if I’m in it and think of a task I’ll hit the inbox button and go ahead. But unless I’m in OmniFocus already I like to capture in Drafts and then evaluate what it is first.
You might think that, but I find it’s great to pick up my iPhone and process a few items quickly while waiting for something - e.g. while waiting for my lunch at work, or on the tram I take twice a day. It means I rarely have to sit down and handle everything at once.
I use Drafts for a lot of “mixed purpose” stuff, too. Maybe after I write I have parts of what I’ve written that need to go to OF as actions, other parts that go to Agenda as stored notes, and a section that I email.
Drafts, its actions, and Shortcuts are great for manipulating a bunch of text in great ways.
Personally, I use Drafts as my catch all for any piece of information or idea that I want to write down. Whenever something comes to mind or someone says something notable, it goes in there. Then I decide whether the information is actionable (in which case it goes to OF or Reminders), notable (in which goes it goes to Evernote), shareable (in which case it gets posted to Twitter or FB), or indeterminate (in which case it stays in Drafts and clogs my inbox and eventually drives me to have an extra drink after work).
I have a recurring OF task to clear out my Drafts box (in case I get busy and forget), but more often than not, I take a few minutes every day to parse the accumulated info and send thing where they’re going to go. I even use Drafts on my iPad for long form writing because I like the clean interface.
I’ve been enjoying reading all your takes on using Drafts w/omnifocus. I have just switched my capture to drafts, from omnifocus.
One thing I need to make it a quicker process for clarifying is to be able to tag a task ( that i have sent via an action in drafts to my assistant), with a “waiting” tag in omnifocus, hopefully automatically.
I can’t work out the code, or find an example (that I can decipher perhaps). Would anybody be able to point me in the right direction please?