Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Emily Boyd
Too many tasks cluttering up your brain? Try out this very useful tip from RTM user ovanrijswijk:
Those of you who are using RTM as a GTD-system might also be using "Mind Dumps". A mind dump is simply a way for you to get everything out of your head and into writing (paper or digital).
Our brains aren’t made to remember things forever, but written down text is; with an empty brain, we’re able to either focus on new things or deal with the task at hand, instead of constantly dwelling on past things taking up valuable bandwidth. This writing resulting from a mind dump is an important part of collecting stuff. Once written down, the stuff is to be processed an organized into your RTM-system.
Now here comes my Tip: use an e-mail to write down your mind dump to add it fast-and-easy to RTM. Send it to your RTM Import Email Address.
Once a week – i.e. during your Weekly Review – open a new e-mail and start writing. One item per line. After this mind dump send the e-mail to your RTM Import Email Address.
The result: all the items in your "mind dump e-mail" are converted to tasks in your RTM Inbox. That's where you can start to process and organize. Add data one task-item at a time – make it a project or a next action; add tags, location, notes and/or other metadata. And put the task on the right list.
…. and the stuff is off your mind and into your RTM-system.
Subject: Inbox To: [Your Remember The Milk import email address] Buy birthday present for Mike today Pay the phone bill tomorrow Make dentist appointment on Tuesday #errand Pick up the milk tomorrow @Supermarket
Thanks for sharing this tip, ovanrijswijk! You’re our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week. :)
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