FacileThings: Improving the Process stageAUTHOR: 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.
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):
- Progress bar. With a clear vision of what more needs to get processed, your motivation to empty your inbox will be higher.
- Viewer for notes. You can view the notes associated with the item, if any. Only the first few lines will be shown.
- Show more. This link allows you to extend the space for the notes and see the whole content.
- 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 “:”.
- Edit notes, checklists and perspective. Now you can edit every detail of an item at the same time you are processing it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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