Notes and Taxes

There are two certain things in this world: death and taxes. And since I’m not dead yet, I’ll have to do some adulting on a yearly basis and do my taxes. I’m not upset about paying taxes; in fact, I’m one of those people that likes knowing how my taxes work and figuring it out myself, because it’s my money. And sometimes, doing some tedious tasks bring me joy. It’s a sickness really. But I digress…
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Using Simple Dictionaries in Workflow

Normally when I have an idea, I’ll write about it. This past time, I decided to do something a bit different, and write more about how I felt rather than explain it. But, I also realize that this new-to-me idea might need a bit of help and guidance for those that aren’t well versed in the subject, like me. So I’ll do my best here to explain.
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A Little Note on Notes

As I was preparing to receive my Apple Watch,1 I started gathering different information that I wanted to refer to when setting it up. I used Notes.app to make saving links a breeze, and I like the way they are saved because they are visually appealing.

I also encountered several watch face layouts along the way that I wanted to keep in mind when setting it up. When I started adding the images, they weren’t visually in the right spot; I wanted to have them indented to the right. Turns Out™, that’s not possible in Notes.app.2 But I ended up stumbling on a feature of Notes.app that I didn’t even know existed.
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Lazy Markdown

No, this isn’t a new fork of Markdown. This is just a better way of doing things.

Jeff Mueller recently came up with a clever way to use Workflow to help pull in links after writing a post in Drafts. It’s seriously a fantastic idea that I wish I had thought of before.

After he sent it to me to check out, I thought of another use of Markdown links that I use: Blink affiliate links. After some quick changes to Jeff’s original workflow, I came up with a new one that allows you to select where the link is coming from: you can choose Search, Blink, or manual entry of the URL (note that this requires Workflow 1.5.1 to work).[1]

This is extremely helpful for writing. As Jeff said:

“I love these workflows because they let me focus on writing. The research can come later.”

And he’s 100% right. Little hooks like this allow me to focus on writing, rather than doing all of the little things. It’s the reason why Drafts is my main text editor, and I keep finding more and more reasons to keep using it.


  1. I am hopeful that the same functionality will come with a future update of Associate and that Workflow will implement this quickly so I can incorporate Amazon links too.  ↩