Let us become more organized
We use the reminders app on iOS for sharing to-do's at home, along with a small white-board on the fridge. This works great for the kinds of things we do at home, and let's be honest, Lisa keeps things up to date, like a Boss.
But, at work it makes more sense to keep notes and to-do lists in text form. I work on multiple operating systems and I like to enter notes on whatever system is more convenient at that particular time. A while back I switched to Markdown for these documents. It lets me keep the files on Dropbox, and share them between Linux, Mac OS X, and iOS with little hassle. I thought I would share what I'm doing currently on each of these platforms.
- Node JS: I have a simple Server running on my Work Desktop that serves up all files in my share folder. One of the files in this folder is a symbolic link to a folder in Dropbox where I keep my work related markdown files. This server will serve up HTML versions of all my Markdown files. This lets me share and view these files easily.
- Sublime Text: I have a licensed copy of Sublime I use to edit my notes. I'm working on some Sublime plugins to help me with repeatable tasks.
Mac OS X
- Sublime Text: Works on all major desktop operating systems.
- NVAlt: I'm taking a look at this, but I'm not sure if I like the way files are managed.
- Drafts: Gives me the ability to quickly create and append to markdown documents stored on Dropbox. If I have a quick thing I need to add to a to-do list I can type it and choose where I want the text to go.
- ByWord: A simple Markdown friendly editor for iOS.
- Editorial: A great programmable editor for the iPad. I've created scripts for Editorial to add tasks to todo lists, mark them as complete, and even timestamp when they were completed.
- Mingle: We use Mingle to manage stories and tasks. I try not to duplicate the information stored here.
My Ever Changing Workflow
- I keep a separate directory for each sprint. Something like 'Work/2014/Sprint 7'. I have a script that creates a new directory and places empty files for things like a to-do list, planning notes, retrospective notes, and demo notes.
- If I need to add something to my to-do list for a sprint. I use Drafts, ByWord, or Sublime-Text. Which I use depends on where I am, what platform, and whether its a quick addition, or something more involved.
- If I need to share these notes with someone, I can simply give them a link to my desktop Node server. That way they will always have the latest version of the file.
- As I complete tasks I just add DONE.
I mentioned above that I'm writing some Sublime Text plugins to match what I have on Editorial. I don't always bring my iPad to work.
I hope this helps in some small way. I'm still trying to be more disciplined about updating my notes. I hope to evolve and update the tools I use while keeping it simple.