Workflows

One of these days, I am going to sit down, spend the time, and figure out some of these workflows over which power users celebrate. I don’t know that I have ever really mapped out the distinct workflows for research versus teaching versus personal interest. And, to be honest, those differences have led to what can only be described as *document sprawl*.

I’ve taken efforts to bound/tame the sprawl by putting an increasing amount of material in [Papers][], and letting it manage things. It does a pretty good job now, especially, of letting you set up collections and letting you sync those collections to an iOS device — making sure everything in a collection is local to the device when you are about to leave the webosphere is not quite as convenient as I like, but I trust the developers to figure it out. (They release updates at a pretty impressive pace.)

Still, there are things I handle in GoodReader, if only because some of the electronics work in which I am interested or teaching myself linear algebra doesn’t strike me as “worthy” of Papers. (And that’s a weird thing to consider. Are research materials sacred in some fashion?)

In the mean time, I’d like to start collecting notes on workflows:

* Michael Schechter has written about [“Sending Files to Evernote While Creating Tasks in OmniFocus”][ms] using Hazel, an app about which I have only heard much but never tried.

[Papers]: http://www.papersapp.com
[ms]: http://bettermess.com/sending-files-to-evernote-while-creating-tasks-in-omnifocus/

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