I often see text in emails or other programs that make me think, "I need to create a Reminder or Calendar Event from that." It just bugged me having to select the text, copy it, then start or switch to Reminders or the Calendar manually so I created two automator workflows that let me convert text selected in any application to either a Reminder or a Calendar event.
You can download the automator workflows, save them to the Users/yourname/Library/Services directory of your Mac, and then they will be available from the right-click context sensitive menu under "Services." Of course you have to enter some details yourself, but I think this is a lot faster (dare I write, "more elegant"?) than doing all those things manually. The files are available here.