Using Drafts for iPad As An Action Inbox
Drafts 4 is great for keeping notes and sending them elsewhere, but without the proper settings in place, it can be very easy to compile a very large list of notes that haven’t been processed. I’m currently trying a different way of organizing my tasks in a paper notebook with the Bullet Journal system, but I still want to be use my iPad as an information capturing device as well.
So my current approach is to use the Drafts badge as an inbox for items that still need to be actioned in some way. Any time I see a badge in Drafts, I’ll take a moment to action the items within the app and get that badge down to zero. After activating the badge option this morning I realized I had 39 notes just sitting in the inbox. Some of these were small notes to myself about items I was interested in, some were mini journal entries that I had forgotten to send to Day One, and some were work notes I was supposed to save to my Evernote work notebook.
I used the new multi-selection capability, added in the most recent update, to delete all of the outdated information in that list. I then used custom actions to send the other notes into Evernote and Day One, and since I set Drafts to auto-archive any notes I’ve taken an action on, my inbox was a little cleaner with every note I processed. Going forward, I plan to use my notebook as the hub for my tasks, but Drafts will remain my tool for capturing thoughts as they pop up.
I’m liking this setup right now. Drafts feels like a great bridge between digital and analog note taking, and its inbox badge feels like the perfect solution for reminding me to act on my quick digital scribbles.