I want an ability to add a task to the inbox. Fast.
It would go something like this:
1. Press alt+space.
2. A small box appears.
3. Fill in some thought.
4. Hit enter.
5. The thought is saved to a pre-destined list. 6. Return to what you were doing before getting that irrelevant thought.
Why? Because… When I'm in a work project and I come to think about wanting to buy a new car, I don't want to be interrupted bu this thought—instead, I'd like to hit a hot key and put the thought in my inbox.
This short video demonstrates it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TDb3xhXfBM&feature=player_embedded#!
Thanks for describing your scenario, Mario!
Honestly, this issue was filed before 'mm' feature has been implemented, and now it is less crucial :)
Mario T. Lanza commented
Checkvist is already fast with this.
I have an "In" list. Regardless of what list I'm on I just press ENTER (assuming an item is already highlighted) and this gives me a new item. I type in my random though and press ENTER, then up, then move ("mm") it to the In box. I do this daily and it's fast despite the extra keystrokes.
Not as nice as having a dedicated inbox, but it'll get you what you want in the interim.
Now I have a sweet workflow: i) type alt+space ii) write the task and hit enter iii) close the window and return to what I was doing.
The workaround is as follows. Firstly, I use AHK/keyboardmaestro to do step 1 to 4 below.
1. open terminal window
2. type cd /Users/jl/Dropbox/PlainText/2checkvist
3. type touch ".txt"
4. press left arrow five times
5. I can type something, hit enter and then exit the terminal window.
After it's typed in I can return to what I was doing. What happens after a while is an IFTT.com recipe triggers because any new file in the folder /2checkvist will be sent as an email from my gmail. The to-adress is pre-set and the email subject=filename without txt extension. Bonus: I'm able to double check in the sent folder my gmail if I am paranoid. Of course I can add ^tomorrow #errands to the text files name and thus get due date and tags.
When I move to windows (soon) I can share the AHK script, it will be simple. For now, I use a mac and here is the keyboardmaestro program https://cl.ly/0n3n0B2b0T0V
Detail, if I wanted to use notes, I would instead type echo "notes">'filename here.txt' so that step 3 would be to type echo "" >'.txt'
Cheers Kirill, that's a reasonable thought. It's probably very simple to do something like that using Automator. One way or another, I think I'll figure out something for myself when I have a bit of time to spare.
You're right, for this use case a native app is required.
May be, the simplest way to write it would be to create an app which sends e-mail to a given address, thus you could use "Send task via e-mail" feature to add tasks.
Just a thought :)
That would help in the (perhaps) 10% of the time I'm in Chrome when working on the computer. I think Chrome extension keyboard shortcuts need Chrome to be the focused app before they can be triggered?
The kind of thing I'm talking about is a universal keyboard shortcut that opens a quick-entry dialogue regardless of which application is currently foregrounded (I'm on a mac, so this means Chrome, Xcode, Mail.app, etc).
This really requires a native app, which I realise isn't what you do, so it's probably out of scope. I'll add it to my todo list to have a look at making something like this for myself, using the Checkvist API.
To avoid context switching, you can use Checkvist Bookmarklet Chrome extension, https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/checkvist-bookmarklet/pheahjlflgbnajeilgglgcdlbkdckamf?hl=en
It works from the same page, you'll only need to login the first time you use it. Unfortunately, so far it cannot be activated with a keyboard shortcut, but I hope we'll add it (but we have to choose it wisely :)
Just to reiterate, the requirement is to be able to quickly throw some text into Checkvist when you're working in another app, and to do this *without* leaving the current context. No changing browser tabs or apps.
The fact that this feature is so commonplace (Evernote, Todoist, Wunderlist, etc, etc) I think makes the point that it's widely valued. Distracting 'todo' thoughts are best thrown at something where they stick, and Checkvist is probably the appropriate 'something' for many users.
Fred First commented
Hotkey quick entry of a task or even a thought, idea or phrase has been crucial to Fantastical, ToDoist and other apps that I would replace with a pro account with Checkvist. A double letter keystroke would be my preference--not sure that would even be possible, but...
Something like this would be very useful.
The purpose of the bookmarklet as I understand it is specifically to add a link to a web page that's currently open.
What I (and I think the OP) would like is to be able to quickly throw some text (typed/pasted) into a list designated as 'inbox', without leaving the current list.
Would you like to do it while sitting in Checkvist, or your request is about any web page?
Checkvist has a bookmarklet (see Tools tab on profile), which you can use to add ideas to your inbox (or any other) list.
Thanks for the suggestion,