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From: Marcelo de Moraes Serpa <celoserpa@gmail.com>
To: Org Mode <emacs-orgmode@gnu.org>
Subject: Making GTD more mangeable with org
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:19:12 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <AANLkTikcVwwKo1uAr-uH3KHKMCzfR3s6dUdHM_ka=oHe@mail.gmail.com> (raw)

Hi list,

So, I have been using org for GTD for quite a long time. I love org,
and the more I learn about elisp and about it, the more excited I get
about it, and the more I see there's nothing out there that reaches
the simplicity and powerfulness of org.

However, I started noticing I was getting lost in my own system. This
is partly because I still don't have the habit of reviewing it all
very often, but I also found out that my main gtd.org file (the one
that has projects and next actions/tasks) was getting really long. I
know I could just use use the visibility functions to make it more
mangeable, but somehow I was still getting confused about what to do
at certain points in the day.

Then I had the idea of creating a braindead index. Something that I
could access quickly and that would give me *perspective* and help me
decide what path to take. Here's how it looks like:


It can be thought of as a:
 * A dashboard
 * Overview of my system - a way to glue the most important parts
 * A way to trigger my mind and help me stay on track (avoid procrastination)
 * A "cache" area where I can list the projects or files that matter
the most *now*
 * A checklist / workflow
 * A quick way to regain perspective and help you go back to the "zone"

I know we have the agenda, but the agenda view doesn't really give me
the perspective I need. It's also more of  GUI for querying data from
your org "database".

I've set it up so that emacs will set this specific buffer as
read-only when opening it. This helps making it more of a dashboard
and prevents me from adding more stuff to it unless I really have to
:) If I need to edit it, I just do a M-x toggle-read-only.

I also bound a small wrapper around a find-file to open this file with
the F3 key. Whenever I need, I can just press F3 and "navigate" from

What I want to do now is setup the links. Is there a way to setup a
link to an agenda function? It'd be nice.

Anyway, I know it might sound like a stupid small thing, but I found
that this entry-point to my system actually helps me stay focused.

What do you think ? Share your thoughts ;)


             reply	other threads:[~2011-03-18 18:19 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2011-03-18 18:19 Marcelo de Moraes Serpa [this message]
2011-03-18 20:05 ` Making GTD more mangeable with org Matt Lundin
2011-03-18 21:11   ` Marcelo de Moraes Serpa
2011-03-18 21:33     ` Nick Dokos
2011-03-18 21:41     ` Matt Lundin
2011-03-18 21:46       ` Marcelo de Moraes Serpa
2011-03-19 20:55         ` Eric S Fraga
2011-03-23 14:21 ` Thomas Renkert
2011-03-23 17:40   ` Marcelo de Moraes Serpa
2011-03-23 18:21     ` Matthew Sauer
2011-03-23 18:24       ` Marcelo de Moraes Serpa

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