3 Vital Mac Apps in My Plain Text Productivity System

How Drafts, Obsidian and Hook bring it all together

Ellane W
Produclivity

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Photo by Efe Kurnaz on Unsplash

Four years ago I set myself a task: recreate in the digital realm the spirit of the highly effective analog productivity system I used in the 1980s.

I was searching for a system that —

  • was easy to use, but could grow with me
  • was easy to get data into and out of
  • had the spirit of digital minimalism
  • wouldn’t fall apart if I ignored it for a few weeks (or months)
  • put me in charge of my own data instead of trusting it to someone else
  • didn’t rely on proprietary software; future-proof
  • functioned perfectly offline on all my Apple devices
  • could help me keep track of my personal and professional life
  • could function as my second brain
  • would help me avoid shiny object syndrome

I’ve used Things 3, Omnifocus, Trello, 2Do, todo.txt, Plutio, Notejoy, Notion, Roam Research, Evernote, interactive digital planners, Bullet Journals, and Post-it notes.

Each of those are wonderful — I know many people who love and rely on at least one of them to increase their…

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Ellane W
Produclivity

Designer and educational publisher for 30 years+. Plain-text advocate. Still using paper, but less of it. https://linktr.ee/miscellaneplans