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My GTD txt template

As a kind of addendum to the previous post on hacking Getting Things Done , I thought I’d share my Hamburger Helper template for a new GTD list. It’s pretty underwhelming, I have to admit, but it has a few features that are kind of neat.


First off, it’s text. Nice, simple, ASCII that opens perfectly any place UNIX line breaks are honored. If you save it as stationery in BBEdit, it will be available as a new document type any time.

Second, it’s structured using Markdown, so I can instantly convert it to a valid XHTML doc. (Remember: always leave two spaces before a line break if you want to make a “<br />”; I made a text factory in BBEdit that does this automatically).

Third, there’s a little area for “Done.” This is an artifact of my “Now Up-To-Date” days; I like seeing what I’ve accomplished. It just makes me happy, and I’ll own that. This is totally optional, but it can also be a handy place to drag “Pending” items that need to live someplace else.

Finally, you’ll notice an infelicitous sounding area at the bottom called “Dumps.” This is so that, when I do the Quicksilver trick, new line entries get shunted to the bottom—so as not to disrupt any previous entries.

A tip: if you want to be a really good GTD doo-bee, only use that append function for @inbox; personally I also use it all the time for @sometime, @tech, @groceries, etc.—anywhere I know stuff “just needs to go.”

Please do share your mods and suggestions in comments and via trackback.

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Oh that was a nice...

Oh that was a nice little present. That script should be easy to modify.

What I've really wanted for a long time though is have BBEdit tied to a nice outliner. If they could make that happen creating structured docs in general (and using Latex in particular) gets to be easier than using MS word for the average user. And I wouldn't have to wonder about which tool to open up ;-)




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