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My Writing Workflow on an iPad

“Hey Siri, it’s writing time.”

Akshay Gajria
Mac O’Clock
Published in
6 min readMar 26, 2021


Recently, I wrote an article on how the iPad is a writer’s computer. In this one, I’m going to break down my writing process using the said iPad.

Using Shortcuts:

Shortcuts on iOS has become an integral part of my life. I’ll write a separate piece on all the shortcuts I use, but for now, there are two shortcuts I use to increase my productivity when it comes to writing.

1. Daily Scene

The first one is something I call the Daily Scene.

This shortcuts prompts me with three simple questions:
1. What did you get done yesterday?
2. What are you going to do today?
3. What is blocking you from achieving these things?

Once I answer these questions, it copies the text to the clipboard and it iMessages it to my partner. (The iMessage part of it ensures that I can do this via my iPhone or iPad without missing a beat — I tried WhatsApp before, but then I was limited to only the iPhone.)

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It takes me about 2 minutes to jot everything down, but they are powerful 2 minutes. It almost feels like I’m distilling my day, channelling and meditating on all the tasks that are yet to be done, willing them into existence. I love this practice and every morning when I start my day, I run this shortcut on my iPad/iPhone and get moving. The text also acts as a to-do list for the day.

I’ve tried using several task managers, but none of them seem to stick. I use reminders sometimes, but this to-do list has been the most effective for me.

2. It’s Writing Time

I don’t usually write to music. But this is something I’ve had to do while under lockdown. With the house full, I had to write over the voices coming from the other rooms. And quite often with everyone locked in, tempers ran high. I don’t own noise cancelling headphones, so playing loud music was my only option. I played around with a lot of music, but I eventually…