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FacileThings: Improving the Process stage

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez

Why can’t I directly send an action to a list while I am capturing it? Why can’t I freely drag and drop my actions into the different lists? These are common questions that some new FacileThings users coming from other applications ask.

It is easy to fall into this kind of visual tricks to make a more friendly and usable app, but the truth is that if you want to be truly productive you cannot sacrifice your thought process just to avoid a few clicks.

The Processing stage is very important to have real control over your day-to-day activity, and it must be performed in isolation, so your brain does not get distracted by other things.

Processing means thinking and making decisions, and is one of the 3 habits needed to get things done. So, no way we are going to skip the step of processing in FacileThings. What we will do is to constantly improve the way to do it, adapting the process design to the psychology that emerges from the feedback you are giving us.

Today we have updated this section with a few details that hopefully will help you process your stuff with the most information at hand, and faster (follow the numbers):

processing screenshot

  1. Progress bar. With a clear vision of what more needs to get processed, your motivation to empty your inbox will be higher.
  2. Viewer for notes. You can view the notes associated with the item, if any. Only the first few lines will be shown.
  3. Show more. This link allows you to extend the space for the notes and see the whole content.
  4. New auto-complete for tags, people and commands. Much faster and less intrusive than the one before. It will be activated every time you type any of these symbols: “#”, “@” and “:”.
  5. Edit notes, checklists and perspective. Now you can edit every detail of an item at the same time you are processing it.
  6. New most-used-tags toolbar. This list with the 10 tags you most use will help you quickly assign categories and contexts most of the time. Click on a tag and it will be added to the text.
  7. One action? Several? Is it a recurring thing? If it is an action that you have to get done, here you can quickly create a project if further actions are needed, or assign it to an existing project, or create a routine from this action.
  8. GTD workflow. First, define what exactly it is. Second, ask yourself if any action is required or not. According to this answer, select the appropriate option.

You also should read: GTD: Best Guidelines to Process your Stuff

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4 comments

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Commented almost 6 years ago John Iskra

Nice! This is a big step forward.

8cf1af7581e45868b2240ae4f68f1006 John Iskra

Nice! This is a big step forward.

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented almost 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks, @John!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks, @John!

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Commented almost 6 years ago Guy Emond

I must tell you, your team thinks intelligently. I am really impressed.

I appreciate the fact that you understand and respect GTD's rules so well.

Congratulations! Keep the good work!

A6af45387bd34a098c61ef4c26d2f127 Guy Emond

I must tell you, your team thinks intelligently. I am really impressed.

I appreciate the fact that you understand and respect GTD's rules so well.

Congratulations! Keep the good work!

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb
Commented almost 6 years ago Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your kind words, @Guy!

You can be sure we'll respect GTD 100%. It's our reason for being ;)

Fcb879f1bc70aa0f661b842011f280fb Francisco Sáez

Thanks for your kind words, @Guy!

You can be sure we'll respect GTD 100%. It's our reason for being ;)

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