GTD: More thoughts on Do It

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Since my last post on Do It, I’ve spent time using it and thinking about it in terms of GTD.

As I mentioned in my last post, the categories in Do It, could be thought of as contexts to follow the GTD format, but — after giving it some more thought — I think it makes more sense to think of these categories as what would be called “projects” in GTD.

I’ve been able to easily replicate the projects that I had been using in my kGTD set up.

The problem is that there is then no context, and certainly context (where you actually work on the project) is a crucial element to any GTD system.

Additionally, we’re missing “next actions,” which are — imho — the most important part of a GTD system.

However, given the very cool “notes” section in Do It you can work around these omissions.

I’ve been using the notes (which are accessed by clicking the “i” key in the Do It interface, and then hovering over the ellipsis) to add in next actions for the item under each project.

So, for example, I have a project called 9GiantSteps, where I add in items that relate to this blog.

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Each of these items, “approve comments,” “clean up categories,” etc. are elements of the project called 9GiantSteps.

I then add next actions under the note section.

do it next action [click on to +/-]

So, in order to finish my “clean up categories” item in my “9GiantSteps” project, I have to:
√see how many posts are attached to each
√consolidate
etc.

As these are completed, I just delete the next actions.

You could easily assign a context to these actions too using the note section.

Again, this isn’t perfect, but I really believe that the simplicity of the system balances out the not-quite-GTD compliant aspects.

For example, one of my most crucial GTD “projects” is something I call “Zen.” It’s where I brain dump all of those little things that have to get done. Once I click all of these off, I’m approaching my “moment of Zen.”

This never really worked that well with something like kGTD, because by the time I got through putting each of these elements into contexts or attaching them to projects, I could have knocked a couple of them off.

Do It completely streamlines this. I simply created a category called Zen, and whenever I think of something that needs to be done, I invoke Quicksilver, and have it added in to Do It under the Zen category without interrupting my workflow one bit.

Practically speaking, while I’m sure some would disagree, GTD works best when you take the elements of the system that work best for you, and utilize them, rather than getting too doctrinaire about it. Do It is working for me. I urge you to give it a try.

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