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The white paper merely describes a method (excuse for?) putting
absolutely everything in your life into your Palm...and not just
anywhere in your Palm...all in the Task list. Yikes. Is that
really necessary?

Admittedly, it's probably not for everyone.

If you're like me, you switched from a paper planner to a Palm
device at some point in your life, but deep down were still
disenchanted with where that took you. Then you discovered
repeating To-do's. Still disenchanted. Then you read Getting
Things Done and really got excited. Man, sorting tasks by context
was like discovering zero in the world of math. What's the next
action? Boom, you're collecting everything now and when you process
your in-box and other buckets, you have Palm Desktop open for work
you've defined that you don't knock out in less than two minutes.

And then one day, "10.mind sweep" comes due (well, maybe for you
that's part of "Fr.weekly review"), and you're scanning your list of
incompletion triggers to make sure no commitment has popped up out
there that's not in your Palm and then you ask yourself...why can't
I be reminded of each of these things individually...at different
periodicities? It's really not possible to do an effective mind
sweep in a single sitting. Something WILL slip through the cracks
because that list is so big, you're kind of just yeah-yeah'ing along.

And then you run away for three days and write down everything in
your life which might possibly generate a commitment because you
have some degree of loyalty/obligation to it/him/her. Bam, you put
them all in the Task list and now they pop up at varying
frequencies, usually just incubating, but sometimes calling you to
an action you just now think of.

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