Tuesday, October 17, 2006

ThinkingRock: a GTD-centric organizer

Before posting a few more sketches, I want to recommend ThinkingRock: it is a free software application for collecting and processing your thoughts, following the GTD methodology. It is simple, easy and quick to use.Overview screen in ThinkingRock, a solid GTD workflow
First, I must say I love their slogan: “If you don't have time to download and use this software then you really need it.”

What ThinkingRock can do for you is better explained quoting the developers’ explanation:

The philosophy of the program is simple: it allows you to collect your thoughts and process them into actions, projects, information or future possibilities. Actions can be done by you, delegated to someone else or scheduled for a particular date. Projects can be organised with ordered actions and sub-projects. You can review all of your actions, projects and other information quickly and easily to see what you need to do or to choose what you want to do at a particular time.Processing thoughts in ThinkingRock
Why we recommend ThinkingRock:
  • It will help you to store in one safe place all the things you have to do or would like to do one day;
  • Unlike many task management applications, ThinkingRock lets you to group your actions in projects and sub-projects;
  • It gets you moving on your thoughts by encouraging you to think of the next physical action to take;
  • It has good on-line help;
  • We provide free customer support;
  • The data file is separate so you can have the application installed on your home computer and at work, and transfer the small data file between computers; or simpler still: run it from your pen (USB) drive;
  • It is multi-platform (Java): use it on Linux, Machintosh, or Windows;
  • And, best of all: It's free.

I like the export functions of the program: it will generate custom lists of actions, projects with actions sorted by context, an ical calendar with tasks and events, and even print in a Pocketmod format. It’s a great piece of software!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

About GTDrawings

Whenever I’m reading something, and it doesn’t really matter what, be it a breathtaking novel or a boring manual, I just can’t help myself doodling and sketching whatever comes to my mind —and to my hands.

Sometimes the drawings have something to do with what I’m currently reading, sometimes they don’t. They may be completely unrelated. Some of the sketches are detailed representations of some character or situation, with detailed line or textural work and details; others are more careless and impulsive.

Reading David’s Allen Getting Things Done has been no exception. Being such a succesful and enthusiastically envangelised book, I was compelled to create these visual side notes.

Here they are. I’ll post a selection of the sketches (around fifty) and derivative works. The images are available under a Creative Commons licence (see below). Read the licence terms for detailed usage information.

If you want me to create more polished, vectorised or colour versions of these drawings, please contact me for a quote.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.

1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

My artwork at Flickr

Inspiring books for the creative type

My GTD (Getting things done) illustrations

I conceived this blog basically to share my visual side notes of the Getting things done process. My most recent posts about GTD software and related topics have “masked” the original posts.

You can access most GTDrawings in the archive of december 2005 and january 2006.

Here's a miniature with most of my sketches: this is what you will find, commented and in larger sizes, in those previous posts.

See also the article about GTD drawings.

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