This is part six of a five(!) part series on capturing everything. Previous entries:
- capture everything: buckets
- capture everything: tasks
- capture everything: ideas
- capture everything: out and about
- capture everything: the incubator
Jott is a handy little service that lets you call a toll-free number and speak a message. Jott will transcribe and deliver that message to someone else via email or text. I first played with it last October. It seemed clever enough, but at the time, I didn’t see how I might use it.
I have seen the light.
Last week, Lifehacker had a post on how to use Jott as a conduit into Evernote. Since I have been trying out Evernote, I thought I’d give it a try. It worked. It was slick.
And it got me thinking.
I already have a unique email addresses setup to send tasks into OmniFocus, and ideas into Yojimbo, as I described in Capture Everything: Out and About. In Jott, I set up each of those email addresses as a unique contact.
With a simple phone call, I can effortlessly channel a to-do or idea into the proper bucket. It is especially helpful for longer thoughts as you can just speak a stream of consciousness. Last week, I “wrote” a critical transition for a paper while walking to my car in a parking lot. The transcription is delightfully accurate…as long as you don’t include the word Cartesian. 🙂
Now…if I could only find a way to capture the inspiration that strikes while I’m in the shower without ruining my iPhone…