Yeah. Ok. Fair point. It is an experiment after all.
So I’ll try to formalize it, maybe even make a separate topic for this experiment if anyone is interested. But I’ll toss out a quick teaser:
Above is my home page for my iPad. It’s in flux at the moment as I’m retooling pretty much everything this year. You’ll note Things in the dock.
In Things, you’ll also note a lot of similarities to Joe’s OmniFocus setup. Honestly his book / video series was the first one that clicked for me. I’m guessing because developers tend to think alike? :: shrug ::
I’m working on familiarity with Things. So, for now I’m using it similarly to how I was using OF2. As I work through it, I expect I’ll start taking advantage of any unique features.
I’m very much liking the Today and Upcoming perspectives (views?). I like that Things uses a soft rollover by default. If you don’t get all your “today” stuff done, it just rolls forward (essentially just stays in Today).
I have my GtD concepts broken into “Areas” (collections of Projects).
Son / Brother
Cayuse Technologies (worky-work)
Knight of the Old Code
And I also have a “Cleanup” area where an import of OF2 and a few other things were moved to. This will, of course, be deleted after items are processed into their proper places in the new system.
Most of the above is obvious, roles I own.
Guidance is a top-level “Manifesto” style thingie. It’s part of GtD that isn’t covered as well as the actual process part, so I do want to go into details over time to give an example…hopefully it can help demystify that portion for some. (All the altitude and runway stuff was a bit weird to me at first.)
Cayuse Technologies is payroll that puts steak on my table. I’m basically a development manager, I code when I can, and run several development teams (more on this over time).
binaryblade is an LLC which my wife and I use for any 1099 stuff we do (she’s a freelance digital artist and I have a few side-gigs that pay randomly).
Knight of the Old Code is my professional branding site. It’s … not awesome at the moment and needs a lot of love this year.
These are ordered in my priority (this mattered more in OF2 than it seems to in Things, but it still makes sense to my brain).
50,000 (lightly redacted for privacy)
This is basically what do I want to accomplish in life, playing around with this a bit, but it is meant to drive your overall goals. You shouldn’t agree to anything that doesn’t move you forward in this plan.
3 - 5 Year Goals
Monthly summary of what I want to accomplish from the higher levels.
All the above areas are used during reviews to keep myself on track.
Email to Things
So, as mentioned earlier, I plan to automate the crap out of my task list. The initial automation target GitHub.
I setup and verified my email in Github (which was kinda awesome since the “verification Email” GirHub sent appeared in the Things Inbox, and I was able to click the verification link and check it off—heh).
I then opened the fire hose and sent everything to my Things email. (Yup!) Obviously this will be trimmed back over time, but I wanted to jump in and see what will be valuable and what won’t.
It was really busy this morning, but I setup a simpler sample by planning a new project to convert my site from AWS hosted to GitHub Pages hosted. Here are the results of a few issues created and fired off to Things:
The verbosity isn’t super helpful, but it is fine. I could probably throw some automation at this at some point. But it’s quickly edited.
And deleted / moved.
They are under the KotOC Rebrand project (this needs to be cleaned up, it has a few temporary parking spots as is—some need to be deleted, some need to move to the Rebrand project).
So far, so good.
That is Ulysses with Things in slide-over.
And after tapping issue 1: