iOS dictation microphone logo and Evernote logo

As a commuter with a baby, it’s more than a little tough to find time to write, so I’m attempting to devise a workflow that allows me to use the many hours I spend during the week with my hands busy. Possible workflows I’m investigating:

  • Record audio and transcribe
  • Use a text-to-speech app to transcribe directly

Both methods would require editing and formatting after the initial capture, but there are several factors to consider:

  • Cost
  • Time
  • Accuracy
  • Integration with voice assistants for spontaneous recording

I’ve determined that I’ll need to use at least one app for the initial audio capture, but I’m not ruling out using a combination of apps. One such scenario that also happens to be free (mostly):

  • Record audio using Evernote (I’m already using it for several things and am a premium subscriber so recording limits aren’t a problem)
  • Convert Evernote mp3 to mp4, upload to YouTube and use their free transcription

The issue with this method is the amount of file conversion that would be necessary.

Capturing video instead of audio could be another option. It does, however raise the issue of storage space on my phone. It also eliminates Evernote from the equation since there’s no video recording option. There is likely a way around this with yet another app, but once again complexity increases, at least in initial setup.

While I was debating this scenario with my husband, he suggested I could call and leave myself a voicemail and the cell service would transcribe it for me. I tried it, but am directed to my voicemail when I call my own number, so I’d need to call from another line.

In the end, what I finally concluded was using Evernote to make a note and simply use the iOS dictation feature was the simplest, cheapest and best route to go. It works pretty well!