Creating actions directly from Evernote
Sometimes you just need to create an action (for example, when reading an email where somebody asks you to do something). There is no need for collecting the item into your Inbox and processing it in zendone. Just use this very simple syntax in the the title of the Evernote note:
- the title of the action
When you start your note title with an '
-' (dash) character, zendone will know that this is not an Evernote note to be collected, but an action to be created. The created action will have the attached Evernote note to it. When zendone creates the action, its note will placed at the default Archive notebook.
Assigning action attributes
You can also assign attributes to the action. Just separate them with dots. For example, for creating an action inside the project '
first design draft' with a due date type:
- this is some action. fist design draft. due tuesday at 9am
Notice there is a typo in '
fist'. You don’t have to be precise! The same mechanism applies for delegated users. Just type the name of the person you are delegating the action to.
Also notice you can type dates with natural language, as in any other part of zendone.
You can use this mechanism for assigning all the properties of an action:
Calendar date: Just type a date to create a calendar action. E.g:
due/deadlineand a date. E.g:
- Delegated user
- Area of responsibility
Creating new elements for the action attributes
Sometimes you need to create new elements when defining the actions. For example, when you want to create a new project you don’t have in your system. In that case, you can use:
- this is some action. p: first design draft
If a project with a name similar to '
first design draft' doesn’t exist, it will be created. Similar keys exists for other elements:
u/delegated: Delegated users
Creating focused actions
You can also mark actions as focus by using one of the following keys:
*. For example:
- This is a focused action. x
Imagine you have the following configuration:
- 1 project:
- 2 contexts:
- 1 delegated user:
Action with a calendar date
tomorrowand contained in the project
- some action. tomorrow. invitations
Action contained in a new project named
improve documentationthat belongs to your
homearea of responsibility
- some action. tomorrow. p: improve documentation. home
Action delegated to Mike
- some action. mike
Next action with 2 contexts:
errandsand a new one named
- some action. errands. t: shopping. focus