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Quote: Thanks to everyone that have shown interest in getting PB up and running on an iPad (and iPhone).  As you may have observed, it is far and away the number one request we receive here at TheBrain and on our feature suggestion page at http://thebrain.uservoice.com.  We do hear you and I can assure you that our engineers are working diligently to make this request a fully functional, amazing reality.  

Stay tuned....  


mcaton, sounds good, would be nice to know if you're talking about a webbrain update or a native app  with full offline support 
Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
Note how "collect loose papers and materials" is replaced with "gardening of the Brain".

Anyway here is the same thing in outline view (it might be easier to read that way)

And fully expanded

After I walk myself through this process I feel completely on top of everything in terms of control and perspective
Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
Also here is m weekly review process...

This is the standard process

And here is more detailed process I use for myself(it won't fit on a single screenshot)

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean about controling the focus.

Waiting thought has a link to Waiting thought type as an URL attachement so I don't use that "Activate the Type Thought" Triangle in the Thought tool

Clicking on the icon gets me to the thought type and I can see all thoughts with this type (waiting)
Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)

This is an interesting approach with unlinking actions with tags you don't want to see.
Yeah, I do similar thing with inverse filtering.

Here is a mind/concept map I did about daily reviews.

There are basically 2 approaches. The process is exactly the same for both though
run a report which would show exactly what actions I want to see.
 run a report which would show most actions and then run another report and select all tags I don't want to see and then turn inverse filtering (to hide them). 

In case I just want to review all actions I would just go to my Project Groups thought and use outline view and expand everthing,  that way I would see all my projects and actions and single actions nicely grouped.

...Btw it takes just 2 keystrokes to link report results
 (Edit - Add report results to selection 
Edit - link selection as children)

I can see that you have more steps in your AHK script. What are those steps?
And why use the script that clears the report? I mean you can just ctrl-click on the Reports thought gate to select all its children and and then unlink them

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
Here is just a short explanation of why it doesn't matter to keep things perfectly clean in PB in terms of GTD all the time.

Why it doesn't matter to assign a type (action,project and etc)

Every thought should always be assigned with some certain thought type otherwise it becomes an untyped thought and I consider all untyped thought as my inbox items.

Since the inbox is processed daily then nothing falls through the cracks, I won't miss anything

Why it doesn't matter to connect actions to projects in PB.

assigning to a proper project is not important because I don't do Projects, I do Actions anyway. During daily reviews I filter actions regardless of what Projects they are connected to.

As long as the thought is assigned with the Action and has all Tags then I will see it anyway. Why it will have the Action type is explained above and why it will have all tags assigned I'll explain below.

How to make sure all actions have all tags/attributes assigned.

I have saved reports to show me if there are any tasks which are missing any of attributes (context,time,difficulty,project group) so I'm always 100% sure all tasks have all attributes. 

It takes very little time to check all tasks have all attributes assigned. 
There are saved reports to check for each attribute

an example how to see all actions which are missing Difficulty criteria.

So you just run 4 such reports to check for each attribute.
btw I actually did never forget to assign any of those criteria to any action yet but it's nice to have those reports as a safety net to be 100% sure

So those things make sure nothing falls through the cracks however to completely trust the system you will need to do the weekly review once every week or 2 or 3 (at least ) to really stay on top of everything.

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
Some of the scripts I use work only on my pc because they are based on mouse clicks coordinates (for example to select a saved report, the script simply automates mouse clicks to get to the list of saved reports, it's nothing fancy).

 A lot of them are just simple hotkeys like switching view from normal to outline and such but they are presented as on screen buttons so I can use them with my touch screen nicely. 
The program I use for on screen buttons is Comfort Keyboard and it displays on screen keyboard (customized) and then autohotkey reads those keys and runs ahk scripts based on what key was pressed.

Here is ahk script to link report results as children of active thought

SetTitleMatchMode, 2
IfWinActive, ahk_class SunAwtFrame
WinGet, active_id, ID, A
WinSet, AlwaysOnTop, toggle, ahk_id %active_id%

Sleep 1000
Send, {UP}{UP}{UP}{SPACE}
Sleep 1000
Sleep 1000
Send, {UP}{UP}{UP}{SPACE}

WinSet, AlwaysOnTop, toggle, ahk_id %active_id%

And then there is a script which would launch it after a certain keystroke(F7)

run C:\BRAIN\May_brain\Files\7C9D9C90-EB68-0002-6CEE-313C8649F10A\link Report as children.ahk

But you can also just press 2 hotkeys in PB without any ahk scripts.
As long as you have hotkeys assigned to tose actions in PB:
 Edit - Add report results to selection 
Edit - link selection as children

The waiting for list simply has a PB link to a waiting thought type as attachment.

The scripts are useful for my touch screen tablet, they are not important when you have mouse and keyboard

" Doing my GTD with PB has the advantage of not having to switch to another program, but the advantage of PB's "fluidity" is actually a disadvantage for doing GTD as I have to maintain the rigidity myself which adds to the mental workload. "

Yeah, I agree that it adds to the mental workload but it does so only in the beginning while you're still implementing the system and don't fully trust it yet. Once it's implemented then there is no mental load and it's just as simple as adding thoughts.

Actually the only important thing to do is to just add a thought, it doesn't matter if all tags are assigned and if it's connected to a project and even if it has a type assigned.

The safety net that will make it all work and keep eveything up to date and make you trust the system is the weekly review. It's an essential process anyway, regardless of the tool you use. It's just that the "get clear" part of the weekly review would be specific to PB.
I will post the process I came up with a little later. 

Also in the standard gtd as described in the book you actually don't link actions to projects at all.
You just have a flat list of all projects and separate lists of actions grouped by contexts and other lists and that's it.
As long as you do the weekly review then the connections are obvious at a glance anyway.

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
glientsc, that would be cool. I would be interested to see how it works for you.

 I think that as long as you get the gtd thinking then it's possible to implement gtd in pretty much any software but what Personal Brain does really well is that it makes it possible to keep everything in a single tool and also connect everything and look at things from any possible angle, it's very flexible. I really like this. 

However I find that it's really important to understand gtd concepts and avoid mixing them. I mean even though it's great to have everything in a single tool you still wouldn't want to to mix actionable with non actionable, projects with areas of focus and so on. They are connected but they also have clear boundaries which do make the system work.

 Personal Brain gives me unlimited flexibility so I have to really define and understand all those boundaries clearly by myself which actually also improves my understanding of GTD

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
here are my types for gtd.

Most are used just as a convenient way of assigning icons/colors (which is also useful)
Some are used for grouping "categories" like project, project support, project groups and some are used for grouping "single items" like action, scheduled, calendar, waiting and so on.

I might remove visions type.
Also I might remove action completed/project completed and use archived project support instead( It's a subcategory of project support) for things I would like to keep. I just delete most of the actions/projects after I complete them.
The most important ones are action/scheduled/calendar/waiting/project.

I actually slightly changed the way I deal with calendar and tickler(start dates) and due dates in Personal Brain, it's not a huge difference but I now track everything with Personal Brain. I will post about it a little later, after it passes a test of time

Also I use a hotkey to turn tags on/off and they are off most of the time. I turn them on when I review next actions and I always use the outline view for that so the tags are always displayed nicely regardless of length. 
I use the outline view very often especially when I review Projects, Areas of Focus, Actions and etc. 
Even though I use normal view the most I actually switch between all views very often, I find them all extremely useful.

Linking with Evernote now possible
zenrain, evernote does supply an api for developers to integrate with other apps so its possible, it might be necessary to contact them so that they will provide support though

This new feature (links) actually brings Evernote a lot closer to Personal Brain even though it might be not very obvious.
 Those links in EN could be used in the same way as thought links are used in PB except of course they are not going to be as visual and etc. but still this is very intersting. 
I'm still sticking with PB though and will keep using EN just for capturing web content to organize later in PB.
But the direction EN took with this looks very intersting especially if they are going to continue developement in this direction
Linking with Evernote now possible
pvonk, yeah it's windows version
Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
 it doesn't really matter I just found it easier to sort tags by using combination of words and symbols and prefer to rely less on symbols.
Thanks for the reply

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
mcaton, thanks
 thanks, but actually I just copied those tags from my mind map in the Brain as text outline, here is how they actually look
I used to have those symbols but then changed it because symbols aren't flexible enough
but yeah, it's still very easy to find/assign them 
Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
I actually use some of the most standard tags for gtd

For context I use


For difficulty (it always means mental diffuculty)


For project group


For time

more than 2h

I've experimented with more granular tags in the past like @thinking and so on but in the end settled with the most basic tags because first of all I want to have as few "lists" as possible and moving tasks to more lists doesn't reduce the amount of stuff I need to get done it and just makes it harder to find

Another reason is that I use all other criteria instead of contexts so I don't have to rely on just contexts as much. I also use Project group, Time and Difficulty and I find that this approach works best for me.

For example I would rather see all tasks with 
+ high difficulty 
+ work related
- (not) more than 2h 

in the morning when I want to get work done instead of checking multiple contexts like @thinking and what not.
I'm just 100% sure that I want to see the most mentally demanding tasks at first instead of easy tasks and that I want to see only work related tasks which are not too long to feel comfortable to start them for example.

Also after running this report and linking its result as children of reports thought I might also run another report to make the list even shorter and hide the things I don't want to see.

For example I then might hide things like @talk and @errands and @home if they are there and so on.

 I find the contexts are very useful for actually not seeing certain things.
Because it's very easy to decide what I 100% don't want to see in the moment.
This workflow is very flexible but I also can be very specific with what I want to see because I can specify if it's work/personal/maintenance related and how hard it is and how much time I need to feel comfortable to start doing it.

Then I chose 3-6 actions and link them under Focus/Later Focus.

I also link all @talk tasks under certain people in my People category  that way I don't have too many tags but can still be very specific about this context.

Also more about @offline context...
It's kind of interesting that David Allen suggest to keep a separate @online context as an addition to the @computer context.

Well for me it actually makes more sense to keep an additional @offline context instead because most of the time I have online access.

@online context means I need computer and internet.

@offline context means I need only computer without internet.

If I'm online and want to see both online and offline actions then I will just combine both @online and @offline tags with the Reports tool (show any)

One more thing is that to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks I have saved reports to show me if there are any tasks which are missing any of those attributes (context,time,difficulty,project group) so I'm always 100% sure all tasks have all attributes.

Personal Brain and Getting Things Done (GTD)
About my Waiting for list.

All "waiting" items are assigned with "Waiting" Type and are connected either to their relevant Project or to a relevant Project Group if they are not related to any certain Project (like a single action).

There are no items in this list because it is actually just a link to a Waiting  thought Type. So it doesn't have to be maintained manually. If I click on the icon it will show all Waiting for items.
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