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How I use Drafts

After a purposeful 2 weeks of using Agile Tortoise's  Drafts , I think I am slowly understanding this tool, and here is how I am using it. How As advertised, Drafts is where text starts. So, you MUST put Drafts in the iPhone dock . When you have any thoughts, you start entering them into Drafts, so the app has to be within reach, fast. The Apple Watch dictation , or dictate through iPhone is a powerful way to capture thoughts. Start by putting the Drafts widget on the Home screen so that you can tap the microphone and start dictation. Similarly, put Drafts complication on each watch face. Drafts is for short notes , NOT long-form writing. Make it a point to review  your notes and act on them. I probably need to learn basic Markdown e.g. Header and subheader Act Here comes the second part. Act on your drafts. That means, having a mindset that Drafts is your temporary text storage place . You need to act on them by moving the text somewhere. I put my daily musings into Drafts, tag th
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