Monday, January 15, 2007

Quick-add for projects and actions

I was doing a long overdue inbox process the other day and I realised that MonkeyGTD was very slow and tedious at doing this. I realised I needed to be able to enter projects and actions as fast as I could type them instead of waiting for my system to keep up. So, here it is the new "Process Inbox" function. The format should be quite familiar to d3 users. It will even let you put in two dots if your fingers are used to it. MonkeyGTD alpha users. upgrade now and never be jealous of d3'ers easy action creation again. ;)

Warning, this is very buggy in IE. Apologies to IE users.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice feature. A few more words of help will be useful.


Project Name1|Area1
.Action Name11|Context11
.Action Name12|Context12
Project Name2|Area2
.Action Name21|Context21
.Action Name22|Context22

Note: Area and Contexts should be created before hand.

10:47 PM PST  
Blogger schilke said...

awesome, Simon, nothing more to say (even me...)

12:03 AM PST  
Blogger Riduidel said...

All these features seems awesome, but how can I insert them in my MonkeyGTD 1.0.10

1:16 AM PST  
Blogger schilke said...

because this is an alpha release it's not spread out publically - have a look here (and read the warnings!): Getting started with MonkeyGTD 2.1 alpha

1:22 AM PST  
Anonymous Ian Roberts said...

Ooh, I like this. I don't think the name does it justice though. To me, you process your inbox in order to decide what's actionable. This seems more like the actual inbox itself.

In fact, I think it makes sense to have this one called "Inbox" and on the left. Then have "Review" which shows you all actions (next, waiting, future, and untagged) grouped by their projects, and "Do Work" which shows you just the Next Actions by Context.

This would also address something that seems to be missing (or I'm missing it :) and that's the ability to see a) the future actions of a project without drilling into the project, and b) the someday/maybe actions (future actions with no project)

9:03 AM PST  
Blogger DougTech said...

Great feature on a great tool. I find that once I create a bunch of new tasks I have to immediately go down find them and assign them to their projects. As a result I don't really save anytime over just entering them the old way. However this feature is good for doing a quick brain dump.

It would be good to have a "Process Inbox" on a per project basis. The button could be on the project tiddler.

9:51 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better still, the action should also accept a project name.

10:31 AM PST  
Blogger Scott said...

Definitely rockin! I like the example right on the page so people can 'get it' fast.
IE bugs? People use IE??
One bug, for me any way, is the web url is no longer in the drop down on the upgrade tiddler. Not sure if I did something to make it go away or one of your tiddlers wrote over another one (I just imported all).
Also, if people have errors in Firefox from trying to import all the tiddlers, my how-to is here:
How to fix the script time out error in Firefox

10:46 AM PST  
Anonymous Ian Roberts said...

The action does accept a project name. You list the project name first, then use a (.) to indicate the next items are tasks assigned to that project. You just have to list the project name first (the area is optional)

Say I want to make a new project called "Eat Banana" and have existing contexts called "Home" and "Errands". To do a quick input of several items I would type:

Eat Bananna
.Pick out a nice one|Errands
.Separate the banana from the others|Home
.Peel banana|Home
.Eat banana|Home

This will create a new project, and assign the actions to the project as next actions (I haven't figured out how to make them future or waiting actions yet). The projects can be existing ones, or MGTD will create it if it's new. If you type something without a period you get a new project.

10:55 AM PST  
Anonymous Ian Roberts said...

Oh, duh. The 'W' or 'F' go after the context, separated by a pipe. It's in the teeny tiny example text! :)

Eat Banana
.Wait for good ones to show up|Errands|W
.Someday get more bananas|Home|F

11:00 AM PST  
Anonymous kailden said...

Thanks for this update...its just what I needed!

5:42 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any guide to outline the proper way of importing existing tiddlers from monkey GTD v1.x to v2.x ?
And once on v2.x (alpha), how do you guys upgrade to the latest versions?



12:17 PM PST  
Blogger schilke said...

> Is there any guide to outline the
> proper way of importing existing
> tiddlers from monkey GTD v1.x to
> v2.x

a sort of - but before clicking: be sure to read the warnings ;-) - here: Getting started with MonkeyGTD 2.1 alpha - TiddlyWikiGuides

> And once on v2.x (alpha), how do
> you guys upgrade to the latest
> versions?

seems that the preconfigured URL is missing - but the file is still there:
1. click on "upgrade" on the main menu
2. fill in the URL manually:
3. hit "fetch" and import either all - or what you need only...

If not already seen before: you could post questions/suggestions etc. at the GTD TiddlyWiki Google Group


1:28 AM PST  
Anonymous eden said...

When I try it just adds everything as projects. The tasks get added as projects with a . infront of the name.

Any suggestions?

3:05 PM PDT  

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