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Textbar: Ben Franklin’s Virtues

I previously wrote about implementing Ben Franklin’s Virtues in OmniFocus (here). I have found that putting this information in OmniFocus feels like task manager clutter as I’m not really acting on the information, it’s more of a reminder to myself. I decided I wanted a way of simply seeing the current week’s virtue at all times, regardless of what I’m doing on my Mac, along with the virtue’s full explanation.

After an hour of frustration and Googling I came up with this script using the app TextBar to put the text in the Mac menubar: Ben.scpt

Save the file in a folder named “scripts” in your home folder then set the script to “osascript $HOME/scripts/Ben.scpt”; I also set the refresh interval to 10000 so it’s not constantly running the script unnecessarily.


Textbar: Ben Franklin’s Virtues2016-09-25T23:06:50+00:00

5 Mac apps for keyboard powerusers

Here are five Mac apps I use to be more efficient. I recently discovered #5 so I’ll be working on integrating all of those shortcuts into my muscle memory.

When I don’t have these installed on the computer I’m using, my brain feels broken.

Work smarter, not harder.

Listed in order, from beginner to advanced:

1. Alfred: “Alfred is an award-winning app for Mac OS X which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.”

2. Paste: “Stores everything you copy and extends your system clipboard capacity up to unlimited.”

3. TextExpander: “Imagine never typing the same email address, chunk of code, brand message, directions or data more than once. Store them in a snippet—a keyboard shortcut you create. Use them for yourself, share them with your team, update across all your devices.”

4. Keyboard Maestro: automation tool

5. BT Keybindings: manipulate text like a wizard

5 Mac apps for keyboard powerusers2016-09-16T00:30:29+00:00

→ A new email trick with SaneBox, Spark, and OmniFocus

Here’s a cool way to use SaneBox, OmniFocus, and Spark together to add emails to OmniFocus.

You can also do this using a custom swipe gesture in Spark through the More action which activates the iOS sharesheet…but, as I am using all four swipe gestures, and the sharesheet adds an extra tap, I prefer Brett’s solution:

A new feature that SaneBox added recently, SaneFwd, lets you set up custom folders that automatically forward emails to one or more addresses. I was excited because now I could use a “move to folder” shortcut to send emails to my OmniFocus mail drop. When the SaneFwd feature first launched it lacked the OmniFocus domain, so I requested it and was just informed that it’s been added.

This makes it easy for me to add OmniFocus capabilities to Spark, which it’s currently lacking. I created a folder called @OmniFocus that forwards to my sync.omnifocus.com address. By customizing a swipe gesture in Spark settings, I can now do a long swipe to the left to move an email to my custom SaneFwd folder, automatically creating a task for it in OmniFocus.


→ A new email trick with SaneBox, Spark, and OmniFocus2016-06-23T05:31:05+00:00

OmniFocus: Ben Franklin’s Virtues

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

The above are Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues. After several iterations I’ve arrived at what I think is the cleanest implementation of Ben’s virtues as an OmniFocus project.

I’ve placed this project at the bottom of my Navigation Folder which is at the top of my OmniFocus projects list; above the Virtues project are Vision, Land & Sea, and Life Goals.

To create this yourself:

  1. Make a new flagged, Single Actions project.
  2. Enter each virtue as a new task.
  3. Set the defer date of the first task to today.
  4. Set the defter date of each following task to the first day of the week following the previous task.
  5. Select all tasks and set them to repeat every 13 weeks on every day of the week.

This results in each virtue appearing at the top of my task manager at the beginning of every day for 1 week; at the end of each day I reflect on whether I have fulfilled the virtue and then check the task off. Then the next virtue appears every day at the start of the next week. And so, on. After 13 weeks, the first virtue will appear again and the cycle continues. With 52 weeks in the year, the cycle will be repeated 4 times.

OmniFocus: Ben Franklin’s Virtues2018-08-04T22:23:28+00:00