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From: David O'Toole <dto@gnu.org>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: my GTD setup
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 23:02:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <20071221.230243.10858071.dto@pod.lab> (raw)

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Hello folks, 

I decided to finally sit down and read up on GTD and implement a
simple setup for Org. But instead of writing a big article about GTD
and org-mode, I have decided to add notes and paste my config.

Not very complicated, but I'm trying to keep my GTD setup simple so
that I will actually stick with it and get used to the process.

Enjoy!


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;;; org-gtd.el --- dto's org-mode configuration for GTD

;; Copyright (C) 2007  David O'Toole

;; Author: David O'Toole(require 'org) <dto@gnu.org>
;; Keywords: tools

;; This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option)
;; any later version.

;; This file is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
;; GNU General Public License for more details.

;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with GNU Emacs; see the file COPYING.  If not, write to
;; the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor,
;; Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

;;; Commentary:

;; There are several articles about using GTD (GettingThingsDone) with
;; OrgMode. I'm publishing mine as an Emacs Lisp source
;; file. 

;; This is a very basic example org-and-gtd setup. It's also my real
;; configuration, so you can load it yourself or just take a few
;; pieces.

;;; Code:

(require 'org)
(require 'remember)

;; I have a nice Wacom tablet, so I like to use the mouse. Org-mouse
;; adds various clickable menus to org-mode constructs.

(require 'org-mouse)

;; I want files with the extension ".org" to open in org-mode.

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.org$" . org-mode))

;; I keep almost everything in one big org file.

(defvar org-gtd-file "~/gtd.org")

;; I open my gtd file when I hit C-c g

(defun gtd ()
  "Open the GTD file."
  (interactive)
  (find-file org-gtd-file))

;; Some basic keybindings.

(global-set-key "\C-cl" 'org-store-link)
(global-set-key "\C-ca" 'org-agenda)
(global-set-key "\C-cr" 'org-remember)
(global-set-key "\C-cg" 'gtd)

;; This seems like a good basic set of keywords to start out with:

(setq org-todo-keywords '((type "TODO" "NEXT" "WAITING" "DONE")))

;; Some projects need their own org files, but I still want them to
;; show up in my agenda.

(defvar org-gtd-other-files)

(setf org-gtd-other-files (list "~/eon/eon.org"))

(setf org-agenda-files (cons org-gtd-file org-gtd-other-files))

;; When I'm using org to track issues in a project, I use these
;; keywords on a file-local basis: 

;; #+SEQ_TODO: TODO | DONE
;; #+SEQ_TODO: REPORT BUG KNOWNCAUSE | FIXED 
;; #+SEQ_TODO: | CANCELLED

;; The lisp version is:

;; (setq org-todo-keywords '((sequence "TODO" | "DONE")
;;   			  (sequence "REPORT" "BUG" "KNOWNCAUSE" | "FIXED")
;; 			  (sequence | "CANCELLED")))

;; Easy basic searches. Get a quick view of nextactions, etc

(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
      '(("w" todo "WAITING" nil)
	("n" todo "NEXT" nil)
	("d" "Agenda + Next Actions" ((agenda) (todo "NEXT")))))

;; I use org's tag feature to implement contexts.

(setq org-tag-alist '(("STUDIO" . ?s)
		      ("COMPUTER" . ?c)
		      ("MAIL" . ?m)
		      ("HOME" . ?h)
		      ("FIELD" . ?f) 
		      ("READING" . ?r)
		      ("DVD" . ?d)))

;; I like to color-code task types.

(setf org-todo-keyword-faces '(("NEXT" . (:foreground "yellow" :background "red" :bold t :weight bold))
			       ("TODO" . (:foreground "cyan" :background "steelblue" :bold t :weight bold))
			       ("WAITING" . (:foreground "yellow" :background "magenta2" :bold t :weight bold))
			       ("DONE" . (:foreground "gray50" :background "gray30"))))

;; I put the archive in a separate file, because the gtd file will
;; probably already get pretty big just with current tasks.

(setq org-archive-location "%s_archive::")

;; Remember support. This creates several files:
;;
;;   ~/todo.org      Where remembered TODO's are stored.
;;   ~/journal.org   Timestamped journal entries.
;;   ~/remember.org  All other notes

;; and a keybinding of "C-c r" for making quick notes from any buffer.

;; These bits of Remembered information must eventually be reviewed
;; and filed somewhere (perhaps in gtd.org, or in a project-specific
;; org file.) The out-of-sight, out-of-mind rule applies here---if I
;; don't review these auxiliary org-files, I'll probably forget what's
;; in them.

(require 'remember)
(setq org-reverse-note-order t)  ;; note at beginning of file by default.
(setq org-default-notes-file "~/remember.org")
(setq remember-annotation-functions '(org-remember-annotation))
(setq remember-handler-functions '(org-remember-handler))
(add-hook 'remember-mode-hook 'org-remember-apply-template)

(setq org-remember-templates
      '((?t "* TODO %?\n  %i\n  %a" "~/todo.org")
        (?j "* %U %?\n\n  %i\n  %a" "~/journal.org")
        (?i "* %^{Title}\n  %i\n  %a" "~/remember.org" "New Ideas")))

(global-set-key "\C-cr" 'org-remember)
(global-set-key [(f12)] 'org-remember)

;; My preferences. These are less related to GTD, and more to my
;; particular setup. They are included here for completeness, and so
;; that new org users can see a complete example org-gtd
;; configuration.

(setq org-return-follows-link t)
(setq org-hide-leading-stars t) 
(setf org-tags-column -65)
(setf org-special-ctrl-a/e t)

(setq org-log-done t)
(setq org-deadline-warning-days 14)
(setq org-fontify-emphasized-text t)
(setq org-fontify-done-headline t)
(setq org-agenda-include-all-todo nil)
(setq org-directory "~/")
(setq org-export-html-style "<link rel=stylesheet href=\"../e/freeshell2.css\" type=\"text/css\">")
(setq org-export-with-section-numbers nil)
(setq org-export-with-toc nil)
(setq org-adapt-indentation nil)

;; widen category field a little
(setq org-agenda-prefix-format "  %-17:c%?-12t% s") 

;; fix new keybinding that clobbers mine
(add-hook 'org-mode-hook (lambda ()
			   (local-set-key [(control tab)] 'other-window)))

(provide 'org-gtd)
;;; org-gtd.el ends here


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Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-12-22  4:02 David O'Toole [this message]
2007-12-23 11:20 ` Ivan Kanis
2007-12-23 15:23   ` William Henney
2007-12-23 16:22     ` Ivan Kanis
2007-12-23 16:41   ` Rustom Mody
2007-12-23 22:38     ` Pete Phillips
2007-12-24  0:50       ` Adam Spiers
2007-12-30 16:26         ` Solutions for making org-files portable [was: my GTD setup] Sven Bretfeld
2007-12-30 17:39           ` Adam Spiers
2007-12-30 23:11           ` Charles Cave
2007-12-24  4:28       ` Re: my GTD setup Rustom Mody
2007-12-24 12:37         ` Adam Spiers
2007-12-24 16:49           ` Pete Phillips
2007-12-24 17:23             ` [OT] org-musicians :-) David O'Toole
2007-12-25 15:36               ` cezar
2007-12-29 14:30         ` Re: my GTD setup Bastien
2007-12-24 21:33     ` Gour
2007-12-24 16:10   ` David O'Toole
2007-12-24 21:59 ` Kirill A. Korinskiy

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