I’ve been thinking about temporary information: things like where I put down something I was holding, the task I’m working on just in case I get interrupted, thoughts that I want to explore later on.
The seeds of a good system are there, if I learn how to use them more effectively. I usually have my phone handy. Evernote can record audio, pictures, or text, and the creation date is an automatic timestamp. I can export the notes and process them using Emacs. Google Now’s “Note to self” command can create a note in Evernote, or I can tap the Create Note icon.
How can I improve how I use these tools?
If I get used to starting my note lines with a special keyword, then it’ll be easier for me to extract those lines and process them. For example:
|DO||Actions to add to my to-do list|
|THINK||Thoughts to explore|
|PLACE||Putting things down|
If I create a custom single-click interface that can start the note with a specified keyword, that would be even better.
I could also use a more systematic review process. For example:
- All THINK items can be automatically added to the end of my
questions.org as their own headings.
- All DO items can be added to my uncategorized tasks.
First step is to save the JS library template from Tasker. The file is stored in /storage/emulated/0/Tasker/meta/tasker.js. Okay, I’ve created a Tasker scene that has a WebView component that loads the file that I synchronized with Dropsync.
The next step is to simplify development so that I can try things quickly. I want to be able to sync and reload my WebView scene by tapping a button. The Dropsync Tasker action returns immediately, so maybe I’ll just add a wait to it.
Hmm, maybe a good path might be:
- Set up easy sync/reload, so I can try things out quickly.
- Include JQuery.
- Run tasks.
- Launch apps.
- Send intents.
- Convert my current tracking menu to this format.
- Add buttons for creating notes (either e-mail-based or intent-based):
- Add a command-line. Compare using it vs. using buttons.
On a related note, what kinds of things would I like my phone to be smart enough to do?
- If I’m at home and I’m calling my cellphone from our home phone, set the ring volume to maximum, since that means I’m trying to find it.
- If I say that I’m at a social event, ask me who I’m spending time with. Track that. Create a note with the person’s name as the title and “social” as the tag.
- If I’m going to sleep, track that, then start tracking in Sleep as Android.
- If I’m going to play a game, track that, then ask me what I’m going to do afterwards and how long I want to play. Load hints for the game (if I want). After the specified time, make a sound and remind me of what I was going to do.
- If I’m going to read a book, show me the list of my checked-out books and let me pick one of them. Track that, then create a note with the title and author so that I can take notes.
- NFC opportunities:
- If I scan at the door, show me a menu: walk, subway, groceries, family, bike.
- If I scan in at the kitchen table, track it as breakfast / lunch / dinner (as appropriate), then launch MyFitnessPal.
- If I scan in at the table in front of the TV, show me a menu: relax, nonfiction, fiction, games.
- If I scan in at my bedside table, treat it as going to sleep.
Mmm… Little things to tweak. =)