Thanks for the episode. Just finished going through my podcast backlog and had to chime in.
I agree with Joe’s exploration of the Dashboard and how he has started to move away from it.
I know that I like to use my OmniFocus “dashboard” or Today perspective showing my due or flagged tasks for the day. But I don’t always work exclusively from it. I do like the flexibility to see my due (high priority) or flagged (medium priority) but I do need to get some inconsequential stuff out of the way. I know I’m taught to try to finish some Due work and flagged work first before doing anything else. But if I’m doing a highly focused task that just drains my mental capacities (finish my taxes or administrative monthly reports), I need to switch off and do something brain dead like wash the dishes or process my photos from my digital camera. It’s often a task that requires little focus or mental energy.
It’s nice to be able to break away from official GTD canon and just spin off to create a GTD-based workflow that works best for each of us.
But I think the best teacher is experience. Let people work on their dashboard or Today list. Then they’ll branch away eventually and incorporate other methods of working into their productivity system.