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ISO mouseless 'quick jot-and-save' tool for Mac OS X

Hi. I work at a computer all day (Mac OS X), and frequently it happens that some idea pops in my head while I'm right in the middle of working on something else...

I don't know about you, but I find managing my focus and my attention far more difficult than managing my time. If I take the time to pick up pen and paper and write down the idea, or to cmd-tab to my mail program and open a mail window to write myself an email, etc., I run a great risk of wrecking my precious and extremely fragile attention. Getting back to where I was in my original work flow may take me many times longer than it took to collect the stray idea. (It really sucks, I know, but that's what I have to deal with.)

Therefore, I'm looking for a tool that will enable to quickly jot down the idea and file it away at a consistent location for later processing, preferably somewhere accessible to Spotlight, and all this without having to move my hands away from the keyboard at all. Mouseless operation is a non-negotiable requirement here! The goal is to interrupt as little as possible my focus on the task at hand while I collect the stray idea.

Is there anything out there for the Mac?



P.S. I imagine that some people will recommend something using Quicksilver, which is everyone's darling these days... I find Quicksilver way too inscrutable and too poorly documented to qualify as a reliable everyday tool in my book. (Also I'm not yet convinced that it is completely safe and secure, but I digress.) Nevertheless, if Quicksilver is in fact the best tool for this quick, on-the-fly jot-and-save task, I would be eternally grateful if you could be very explicit and detailed in your post!

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I find Quicksilver way too...

kynn;8032 wrote:

I find Quicksilver way too inscrutable and too poorly documented to qualify as a reliable everyday tool in my book.

Ask and it shall be given unto you, the essential Quicksilver ebook http://mysite.verizon.net/hmelman/Quicksilver.pdf (PDF alert)




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