[kdepim-users] Setting up GTD with Kontact/Korganizer?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 07:21:25 BST 2008

2008/7/27 M. Fioretti <mfioretti at nexaima.net>:
> On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 08:33:16 AM +0300, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Hi, Dotan, nice to meet you again!
>> Doesn't GTD involve setting up folders like "important" and filters
>> and whatnot? What specific feature are you trying to implement?
> All and none in particular:-)

You assume that all readers of the list are familiar with GTD. Not
everyone is. That's why you should ask very specific questions that
have specific answers.

> Yes, GTD is based on folders and
> filtering, but email is just one of the possible inboxes. Let's say
> that right now I' am _specifically_ interested in:
> - handling tasks, to-do lists with sublists, and projects too, not
>  just email

Kontact does that.

> - with an interface that integrates as much as possible all of them,
>  example: minimize (both management-wise and visually, ie ideally it
>  should list everything in one view) the difference between a to-do
>  item which is an email you got and a to-do item which is just a note
>  you typed yourself on the pc. Yes, one could type an email to
>  himself instead of a note, but what if there is no connectivity?

That sounds like either a case for the Summary View, or better yet, a
separate GTD view that does not yet exist. The ability to work with X
component isn't (and shouldn't be) available in Y component.

> - with an interface that uses (=can be configured to mimic) as much as
>  possible the "official" GTD terminology and process (google for
>  images of "GTD flow diagram" to have an idea)

Rather than have us google it, I suggest that you file a wish-bug for
a GTD view mode, but file it with the assumption that the person who
hypothetically will write it is not familiar with GTD. Be very
specific and explicit.

> I'm also evaluating other apps in the same way, but can one do this in
> Kontact? Interestingly, there was a GSOC project in 2005 just on this
> topic, "GTD in Kontact", but it seems completely disappeared.

Googling "GTD Thunderbird" leads me to lots of tips, and many of them
depend upon Thunderbird's labels. The KDE4 version of Kmail will
support labels as well, so that should help you. I see that lots of
people get by with Thunderbird as their GTD client (bccing email to
themselves and such) and kmail with labels seems to do everything
relevant that Tbird does.

Dotan Cohen


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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