Monkey GTD

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[edit] Overview

Monkey GTD is a GTD inspired task manager by Simon Baird. It uses standard Tiddly Wiki with a number of plugins that make a clever use of Tiddly Wiki tags. It can be found at http://simonbaird.com/monkeygtd/. After creating actions with context and project tags, Monkey GTD will organize those actions into context and project lists to help implement GTD.

[edit] Usage

See http://simonbaird.com/monkeygtd/ for an example of its usage.

The system is based on tagging tiddlers with the names of other tiddlers. For example, the Context tiddler lists all tiddlers tagged with Context just as the Task tiddler lists all tiddlers tagged with Task. Tiddlers that are tagged with Context that also serve as tags for various other tiddlers will be listed under the Context tiddler and will contain a list of every task tiddler tagged with that context name. Similarly, tiddlers that are tagged with Project that also serve as tags for various other tiddlers will be listed under the Project tiddler and will contain a list of every task tiddler tagged with that project name. This allows for basic GTD operation.

The Dashboard tiddler shows a summary of all tasks across all projects. Each page tagged with Project has a similar page that shows a summary of all tasks for that particular project.

Tags can be added to tiddlers either by manually adding a tag to their Tags field or by going to a tiddler that uses the same name as the desired tag and clicking on the New Here button in its mouseover menu.

A basic GTD operation might go as follows:

  • Create a tiddler marked with the tag Task. This can be done manually or by viewing the Task tiddler and selecting New Here from its mouseover menu. It can also be done by creating a new tiddler and adding Task to its Tags field.
  • This tiddler should have a descriptive action name like, "Call Phil to get Nancy's phone number".
  • Add a context name to the tiddler's Tags field. For example, you might add "@Calls" (without the quotes) to the Tags field.
  • Add a project name to the tiddler's Tags field. For example, you might add "Judy's birthday party" (with the quotes) to the Tags field.
  • The contents of the tiddler should be any additional information you think should be associated with this action.
  • Save the new tiddler.
  • After saving, various checkboxes will be displayed across the top of the tiddler. These allow you to do things like mark the action as "Done," mark it as a "Next" action, mark as an "Urgent" action, and more.
  • If you view the @Calls tiddler (which should be tagged as a Context), this action will show up in its list of actions.
  • If you view the Judy's birthday party tiddler (which should be tagged as a Project), this action will show up in its list of actions.

This organization can make for an effective GTD task manager.

[edit] Optimizing for Mozilla Browsers

  • Mozilla users: Due to the size of Tiddly Wiki, sometimes Mozilla-based web browsers can time out initially loading the JavaScript. This is especially the case with Monkey GTD, which has additional plugins applied. This will cause an "Unresponsive script" warning. To prevent these warnings from occurring, try the following.
    • Type about:config into your address bar
    • Search for dom.max_script_run_time
    • Change the value to a larger one

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