Drafts

Drafts is an excellent app. On an iPad.

Back when I had an iPad Drafts was probably one of my most used apps, but when my iPad died my usage of Drafts died with it. There may be people out there who are good at taking useful notes on an iPhone. I, sadly, am not one of them.

The beauty of Drafts is its “write first decide later” nature. Drafts isn't trying to be Evernote, or Scrivener, or Bear, or Twitter. Drafts is a place to capture a quick thought or idea before it disappears. Once you've captured an idea you can decide it's a new blog post and send it to Wordpress, or decide it's part of a story and send it to Scrivener. Or it's a note for work and send it to Evernote, or it's a note for work that should be on Slack.

The problem is that my iPhone is the center of all distractions. It's hard for me to grab an idea without getting distracted by all the little red circles on apps that want me to know that there's something for me to think about right now. And if I can make it past the thicket of notifications then I have to contend with the fact that I suck at phone typing. the iPhone's predictive text is pretty good, but I'm still slow enough that by the time I've written the first few sentences of an idea I've forgotten the last few.

So I've found an idea catcher that works for me:

A Field Notes memo book in my back pocket, and a Fisher “bullet” pen in my front pocket. I find I have a much higher rate of success capturing fleeting ideas on paper than in any app.

So in this case, Drafts, it really isn't you, it's me.