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  • David Seah's Emergent Task Tracker Online: Procrastination Solution!

    From talking to other people, I seem to not be the only one with the opinion that even though GTD organizes your life and your next actions into convenient lists, it still requires discipline and willpower to DO the next actions. In otherwords, you can use the GTD system well and STILL be a procrastinator, as after all, we are still human even with GTD.

    For those of us for whom @desk, @computer, and @internet tasks are the main ones each day, David Seah has created a beautifully simple aide that I will go as far as to call a solution to the procrastination problem simply because for me, it HAS been a solution: The Emergent Task Timer: http://davidseah.com/archives/2006/0...nt-task-timer/

    It's so simple, so elegant. It just sits minimized on your desktop and chimes every 15 minutes (or not) and you click a bubble for what you did. At the end of the day (or at anytime for that matter) you can see both VISUALLY and quantitatively where your time has gone. In my experience, and it seems others', after a day or two of seeing where your time goes, you start wanting to fill in the constructive task bubbles, you start promising to yourself that you will get x bubbles of task y done, and so on. I have been using this for a week and love it and wanted to share it with you all.

    GTDWannabe has also covered it on her blog (Monday July 10): http://gtdwannabe.blogspot.com/

    There is also a print version for folks that like that. I just print mine to pdfs at the end of the day to keep an archive. That way you can total for weeks, months, etc.

  • #2
    Looks interesting...

    Thanks for posting the link. I have tried a hundred times to keep a good time long. Maybe this will help me succeed.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Vramin
      Thanks for posting the link. I have tried a hundred times to keep a good time long. Maybe this will help me succeed.
      No problem. He posted some good hacks to make the chime shorter (I find the default one ridiculously long) and you can even make the chime your own mp3 if you upload mp3's to a website and link it: http://davidseah.com/archives/2006/0...acker-updates/

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      • #4
        It's a good idea....

        It probably could have been better implemented as a Yahoo widget or something that would actually pop up and get you to put in your new activity status. I ran it yesterday afternoon, but it's pretty clear that unless it starts itself and insists on my input, it won't be something I will remember to use.

        Who knows, maybe I'll take a run at it someday. In my "spare" time. :P

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