My Current Workflow is in Flux

After going through OmniFocus, Notion, Todoist, and literally every other goddamn to-do app in existence, maybe all I really needed was just a list. A barebones list.

And on top of that, I’m trying to pare down my app usage to just what I need with a focus on cross-device compatibility. So, here’s the current rundown:

iA Writer: for Grim & Mild scripts, short stories, and posts to The Study

Scrivener: for novel writing

Drafts: for everyday notes

Craft: My one-stop-shop for everything from novel outlines, to story archives for Cabinet of Curiosities, and now my to-do lists. The Daily Note feature is exactly what I needed to keep track of my tasks each day.

MarsEdit: for posting to micro.blog

I would love to consolidate some of my workflow into one of these. For example, doing all my blogging in either MarsEdit or iA Writer, but unfortunately MarsEdit doesn’t post to Ghost blogs (yet). I hope that changes in the future.

iA Writer does post to micro.blog, but for some reason I never think of it as the place to go when I want to write a quick update. I’ll try to shift things around so I build that muscle memory going forward.

Also, I might be able to eliminate Drafts and rely on Craft’s daily note feature for quick jots. So there are two apps down from my list of five already.

Calendaring is handled by Fantastical and email is handled by Spark. The only Balkanized part of my current setup is messaging. Texts go through Apple Messages while I also use Slack for work and Facebook Messenger for my DnD group.

There’s a new app coming called Texts.com - I’ve signed up for the beta. Hoping to get in soon. It combines a dozen different chat apps into one and maybe that’s the answer. Or maybe I can try and convince my friends to switch to something like Slack, or a group text thread.

This stuff is hard. I like using all the new shiny things, but I’ve also reached a point where my main concern isn’t new and exciting, only portable and reliable. iA Writer is great because it works off of Markdown files. I can open a folder in Obsidian or any other app and all my data is right there. I wish I could say the same for Scrivener files, or Drafts, which utilizes its own database system.

Minimalism is tough when so many of the pieces don’t cooperate with each other.