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Patrick Rhone: Excellent productivity whitepaper

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patrickrhone.com: Org-Fu Überpost - Productivity Whitepaper

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but if you also hadn't spent much time with it yet, I suggest you check out Patrick Rhone's whitepaper on his version of a GTD system.

Some high points:

  • paper-based capture and task tracking via a Moleskine notebook
  • sexy "dash/plus" notation system for identifying item status (scroll way down for an image showing all the characters he uses)
  • Backpack for tracking projects and tasks
  • OmniOutliner Pro for "vertical mapping" of higher-level outcomes (20,000-foot view and up)
  • inbox kept at zero in Mail.app
  • further details on physical note-taking using notebooks

Great and thorough post -- and, for what it's worth, this is exactly the kind of thing I'm hoping people will post to the new "Projects" forum on the 43f board -- in my experience, people really enjoy hearing about implementation systems and love discussing how they can be improved and tweaked.

Good work, Patrick.

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Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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