Hidden at the end of this article on Mac GTD apps is a little gem of an explanation for how Leo Babauta, the creator of Zen Habits, organized everything he had to do using a simple system in a few text files. He refers to it as his custom-rigged setup. Mentioned as a kind of afterthought, I think it is great advice that some people might find useful.
While I love the apps mentioned above, I personally look for super simple. So I’ve settled on a setup taken from Gina and Adam’s articles on Lifehacker.
Text files: Basically, I organize my tasks in a series of text files. That’s because they’re super simple, easy to manipulate, and small. My four files:
- @today: my three MITs for today, along with calls, batch tasks, and an inbox for new things added to the list.
- @ideas: any ideas for projects, posts, or anything really.
- @errands: includes regular errands and my shopping list.
- @todo: my list of 3 projects I’m working on and any other todo items I’m not going to do today.