A GTD insight from Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann made one observation during his OmniFocus talk that I thought was useful enough to repeat (partially as a way of solidifying it in my own mind!).

Even though he’s Mr. Inbox Zero himself, he leaves items in the OmniFocus inbox until he knows what he’s going to do with them.

Thinking that way encourages the use of OmniFocus quick entry to quickly capture ideas and thoughts — I was shying away from using the quick entry box because I felt compelled to process the ideas immediately, at least to the point of assigning them to a context and project. But this morning, I dumped five things into that inbox during an early-morning call and left them there until I had a break in the action mid-morning; then I processed them all and was able to send four of them off for action almost immediately. It’s a much more fluid workflow.

Thanks, Merlin!

2 thoughts on “A GTD insight from Merlin Mann

  1. For implementing GTD you can use this web-based application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

  2. There are lots of GTD tools and apps out there; I’ve tried a bunch and have (at least for now) decided that OmniFocus is the one that fits my needs best.

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