Thanks, Zenrain. I actually checked your WebBrain before making this thread
So here is an example of how I decided to use Types/Tags vs Parent thoughts vs Thought Links for GTD and everything else. I would like to know what do you think about my current implementation.
Anyway there are some main conclusion I made.
There are 3 main ways to approach and navigate the Plex.
1. Top Down approach
2. Bottom Up approach
So basically the Plex with Parent thoughts provides a Top Down view while Types/Tags provide more of a Bottom Up view.
I use Reports for Bottom Up view for daily task management and
navigate the Plex by Parent thoughts for Top Down view.
Top Down approach is the most obvious. I mean you create a thought and them add child thoughts and etc. which means you go from the Top to the Bottom.
This is my Home thought and its child thoughts. Keep in mind that I haven't really added most of the stuff to the Brain because I want to decide how I'm going to use it first...
I have a quick access to the Inbox and the Focus thought. (Focus thought works like a daily to do list which could be changed every 5 minutes).
But as you can see there is no quick access to Next Actions or Projects and so on. This is because in my Brain daily task management is approached from the Bottom Up perspective.
My GTD thought.
Again this is a Top Down view. So it doesn't provide quick access to anything useful for daily task management. I'm not going to use this thought for daily task management at all. But it's there because I still want to have the whole GTD system fully implemented and connected and in the Plex.
So here you can see I have an overview thought and thought for the highest level of the six level model. I find this approach to be the "cleanest". I could connect all levels from the 6-level model to the same Parent thought, it doesn't really matter much in this case.
Moving to overview
I can't say if the decision to use Jump Links is correct all I can say is that again it provides the cleanest structure.
Here is why
This is how my each level from six-level model looks. (BTW the Goals and etc are just examples and not my real GTD model)
6. Life Purpose Level
Here you can see that overview Jump thought provides a clean way to go back and select any other level. On this level it's not really useful because the Parent thought could be used. However on lower levels it becomes really useful.
Moving lower to 3-5 year vision
Well the lower you get the more useful this overview Jump thought becomes.
Anyway here is an example of how this thing would've looked if the overview thought would've had all levels as Child thoughts
A little too cluttered for me. Also note how it is not obvious that "have fun" is my Life purpose because it's mixed with Children thoughts of "overview" thought as siblings now (in previous screen they are Jump thoughts and you see only "overview" as Jump thought without siblings). Well I don't want to see unrelated siblings so I'll undo this change.
I'll skip 1-2 year goals.
Moving to lower levels.
Areas of Focus.
From this point we are getting into more useful GTD thoughts
So let's go to Personal Area of Focus (I'm actually also using AoF as criteria for filtering Next Actions but it's impossible to filter by a Parent thought criteria so I also assign AoF as Tags to Action thoughts)
Projects are connected to Areas of Focus. So whenever I add a new project I connect it to an Area of Focus. And that's it, it's really fast and I don't go through the whole 6-level model of course. But more on how I actually use PB for daily task management later. For now I want to discuss other things (Types/Tags vs Parent thoughts).
Anyway let's go to set PB as gtd tool project... (also note how long it takes to get there, this is why this path is not used for daily task management)
Here I have Action thoughts, a thought for project support material and a Jump thought for project support from a different but related project. Also a note thought. Every Action thought has Tags for context, time, energy, AoF and I have a hotkey for showing and hiding Tags. 99% of the time I don't need to see Tags in the Plex.