1 week, 5 days ago PuttyPedroParticipant
I’m really in to automating and optimising my task creation process. Through the day lots of little things pop in to my mind that need to be done at some point in the future. Often it’s when I’m out walking or driving, and would love to just quickly jot down the task for later planning.
Speech recognition is the future! But currently I’m having to jump through a few hoops to make this happen. Here’s my workflow:
- Apple Shortcuts app activated by “Hey Siri, create Skedpal task”
- Dictate the task
- (The command actually creates a Trello card)
- The Trello card is copied to my SkedPal Inbox via Zapier
From there I can tidy it up and schedule it when I’m ready.
I’d love this to be more efficient of course. Ideally with SkedPal support in Shortcuts. And 2-way communication support in Trello so that when my task is completed it gets archived in Trello too.
I’ve tried dictating tasks directly in the SkedPal iOS app, but it only accepts 1 word at a time.
Thoughts on how I can improve this circus act? 🙂
Peter Spence1 week, 5 days ago SethParticipant
If Trello is only playing a transitionary role to get the task from Siri to SkedPal, you may want to just create a board or list just for this purpose. In other words, you can periodically empty everything on that Trello list because you know all tasks have already been added to your SkedPal Inbox. Just a thought.
On a separate note, I do agree that voice recognition and processing will continue to improve to a point where it’s totally reliable.1 week, 5 days ago SethParticipant
Here is a related thread by the way:1 week, 5 days ago PuttyPedroParticipant
OK, I’ve refined the process a little by hooking up an Evernote account to SkedPal. Apple Shortcuts links directly to Evernote, so that’s a slightly shorter route.
Also there’s a huge advantage, as the Evernote hook-up takes in to account the title scheduling ability. (Something gets lost in translation from Trello, and it just brings in the whole phrase without parsing it.)
I tried with the classic “Call John five minutes on Wednesday” and it worked very smoothly. Much faster to sync than Zapier too, which only updates every 5 minutes.
So now my process looks like this:
- Apple Shortcuts app activated by “Hey Siri, Skedpal task”
- “Call John five minutes on Wednesday”
- Evernote note created
- Instant sync to SkedPal Inbox with task “Call John” set to 5 mins length and scheduled for Wednesday
I also took your advice and set up a separate notebook specifically for these tasks. We like tidy. 🙂
1 week, 4 days ago SethParticipant
- This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by PuttyPedro.
That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing this automation workflow.
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