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The Future of Tablet Habit (Part 2)

So by now you should have heard about the changes I have made to the change to use a MacBook Pro as my main device. I could go into the reasons why, but I want to talk more about what this means for Tablet Habit. In a recent episode of A Slab of Glass I talked about the possibility of moving the website away from Tablet Habit and into something a little less specific.

Thankfully, Mike Rapin and Christopher Lawley talked me off this branding ledge.If you haven’t listened to this episode I really recommend you do! We dive deep into my issue, but also talk more broadly about things like imposter syndrome and the importance of consistency; which brings me to my next announcement.

I plan to write on Tablet Habit daily every Monday through Friday starting this upcoming Monday July 9th. This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while and when I saw that I have been writing on here for over 6 months (it will be a year in October) I knew I wanted to step up my writing and make more consistent content. This venture wasn’t something I thought I would love so much, I mainly did it to take a break from podcasting, but this has been a lot of fun and very exciting to do for the better part of a year. Blogging is something that I think is in my DNA.

I love to share content and write about the things I am passionate about, but seeing people read my work and go out of their way to reach out to me on Twitter has been humbling and exhilarating.

The future of Tablet Habit may not be just about iPads, but it really never was. It was a place for me to share my thoughts on Apple, iOS, productivity, and now macOS as well. These are things I am passionate about and something that I see myself doing regularly for a long time. So while Tablet Habit isn’t an iPad only blog like I intended when I started, I think this change in the narrative is something that is not only going to bring more value to you, but also something that is more fulfilling for me.

I thank you for reading and I hope this change is something that you are as excited about as me. If you have anything you want to talk to me about feel free to leave a comment below, find me on Twitter, or shoot me an email. Until then, I will see you all Monday!

The Future of Tablet Habit (Part 1)

I have been going through a bit of a crisis with Tablet Habit lately.

This all started with me wondering what the Mac would be like for me a few months ago. I did an experiment using the Mac exclusively for a week, and I didn’t hate it. In fact I found that a lot of the things I was doing on the iPad could be done in either less time or less hassle than on an Mac. It was a surprising twist, but I decided to stick with the iPad to stay “on brand.”

This was a mistake.

I put the device first and the work second. I wanted to be an iPad only person so bad that I sacrificed some productivity and efficiency to stay “on brand.” I felt like this was only an iPad blog and if I went away from that I would be doing everyone a disservice. Except now that I knew the Mac was something that I could use to get work done there was this voice in my head telling me to go back to it for some things.

I began to feel like a fraud, a trickster, and a liar to the people who decided to read my blog regularly as an iPad user. But I knew that the Mac was something that I wanted to have in my life. It made me happy when working on the things that mattered to me.

So I made a purchase.

 

So, I bought a new MacBook Pro. I know that some people may think that I made a bad decision not waiting until September to see if new Macs come out, but I am happy with my purchase and I feel that this Mac will get me by the next several years without issue.

I loved this computer the minute I took it out of the plastic and cracked it open. The keyboard is actually really enjoyable, the Space Gray color is beautiful, and the power this computer has is incredible. I love my Mac, and I know that I made the right decision getting one.

My co-host to Getting Caught Up, Mike Rapin, chimed in on my purchase. To you give you some background, I am notorious for starting new projects or jumping the gun on things and this was something I mentioned to Mike earlier in that week. I knew I was going to be getting this computer I just didn’t tell him.

Christopher Lawley, my co-host for A Slab of Glass, also knows of my woes with the iPad and me wanting to do more on my Mac. In the conversations we had I also expressed my interest in changing the name of the blog to something other than Tablet Habit, but clearly they felt that that was a bad idea.

The two of them, who I call my friends, wanted to make sure that I didn’t do anything stupid like changing the name of my website again. They knew that I felt like an imposter using a Mac and writing on a website called Tablet Habit. It was like having a Star Trek blog and writing about how Star Wars is a great series as well. But it wasn’t just those two who felt that I shouldn’t change the name.

But when your friends are persistent on making sure you don’t do something silly they make it known.

 

So we sat down and spent almost an hour recording a special episode together where both Christopher and Mike tell me why they feel so strongly on me maintaining the name of Tablet Habit and what I should do next.

So, to avoid spoiling it for you, I will refrain from posting the second part of this journey until after it is posted on Thursday.

I will say Tablet Habit isn’t about the tools I use. It used to be, but it isn’t anymore. It is about something much bigger than what tools I use to get my work done. It is about the work itself.

You see, blogging has always been a narrative format to me, and this is just part of my narrative. Tablet Habit was originally meant to be about the iPad, how I use it and how others can use it as their main device, but that changed over time. It became less about the devices and more about what you can do on those devices. It was less about tools, and more about results.

Until then, I can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you all. I am so excited to share this podcast with you all in a couple of days!

Bear Notes and Things 3 Collaboration – Workflow Wednesday

  • June 27, 2018
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Bear Tools Built by the Community:

If you use the excellent Things 3 to organize your tasks, and Bear to organize notes, a clever workflow can turn them into the proverbial peanut butter and chocolate.

(they go really well together)

Created by Craig Eley, this workflow will:

  • Create a new Bear note
  • Ask you for a note title
  • Create a new task in Things using that title
  • Add a link to the related Bear note

It’s a powerful, quick way to use both apps to tackle your projects, thoughts, and just about anything else.

This seemed a bit redundant when I looked at this the first time. Then I got to thinking about all my tasks that have a long list of sub tasks, like my grocery list. So with that I decided to give this workflow a whirl because I have been wanting to make Bear a more useful app for me.

This workflow is incredibly simple, but it works for me to get a task in Things as quickly as possible and then use that x-callback-URL to then get into Bear to expand on my new note/list.

How it Works

After running the workflow and making a title for the note, it creates a Bear note with the given input I wrote down in Workflow. Afterwards I am presented with the new task in Things 3 and I can open the note directly thanks to the automated link created in the task’s note. From there I am ready to start listing all of my needed groceries.

So now, instead of a list of every single thing I need at the grocery store clogging up my task manager, I now only have a link of the Bear note where I can switch modes in my brain and start to focus on the task at hand, rather than the tasks I need to handle.

I plan to play around with this a bit more and see if there is anything I can do to make this workflow even more powerful for things like blog posts and podcast show notes.

If you want to see some other amazing automation tools you can use to make Bear an even more powerful notes app you can do so on Bear’s blog.

The Outpost Show 16: ‘A Slab of Keyboards’

  • June 25, 2018
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I had the opportunity to be on Daryl Baxter‘s podcast The Outpost Show. We talked about my setup, what the future of the iPads will be with iOS 12 and Project Marzipan, and we spent time talking about my favorite topic: keyboards.

Daryl’s show reminds me a lot of The Talk Show with John Gruber, it has a general topic but it also isn’t afraid to expand on things off the agenda. It was a ton of fun to be on this show. If you want to listen to my episode, you can do so here. Honestly though I just want more people to listen to The Outpost Show in general.

Drafts 5 Workflow – Workflow Wednesday

  • June 20, 2018
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I found this Workflow late last night and it’s golden. With this you can now send text into Drafts 5 with Workflow. Rosemary Orchard really nails it with this Workflow and you all should read more of her!

Rose Orchard at Rosemary Orchard:

Workflow has built in support for Drafts 4 – but no actions for Drafts 5. This workflow is intended to replace some of that functionality. You can share text to it, get text from the clipboard, type text in, or modify the text on the keyboard to start.

If you want to have more info on how to use this find her article in the link above for a more step-by-step walkthrough.

You can get the workflow here: Drafts 5

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