From: Marcelo de Moraes Serpa <email@example.com>
To: Org Mode <firstname.lastname@example.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)
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 ;)
next 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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