Automatically Create an OmniFocus Task with AppleScript and BASH

Thanks to the Mac Power Users podcast, I discovered OmniFocus about a year and a half ago and it changed my lifeSeriously. I could (and very well may) write an entire post about my love for OmniFocus, but today I want to talk about mental friction and how I elevated a little of mine. Tools like OmniFocus are great for drastically reducing stress by allowing you to easily get all the stuff in your head into a trusted system, process it and take action on it as needed. If you’re anything like me though you put everything into your system and end up some tasks that, in some cases, repeat daily wether they’re actionable or not. The repeating task that prompted me to figure out how to automatically create an OmniFocus task was “Process action folder”. The concept of the action folder is simple: as things come into your system that need to be dealt with later in the day, they’re moved to the action folder and that folder is processed, well, later that day. I chose to put my action folder on Dropbox and having a universally accessible location where I could drop and continue with whatever I was doing while knowing it would get dealt with later was awesome! That is, until I discovered DevonTHINK.

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