After fiddling around with the todo.sh script some more I got the idea to create a digital tickler-system.
I have not used a digital or non-digital tickler system before (I tried the mail.app IMAP version, but it just didn’t stick).
First, you need to add the following line to .todo:
or whichever folder you’d like to use.
Then, create a foldertree like:
Tickler days 01 02 .... 30 31 months 01 02 ... 10 11 12 today
You can use a short bash-script for that.
Next, download tickler.sh and place it somewhere you can find it (right next to todo.sh, I’d say)
Next, patch todo.sh with the .diff:
patch todo.sh < todotickler.diff
Setup all done!
So how do you use this?
Pretty simple: tickler.sh checks the date, and then checks the appropriate days and months folder for the presence of a .txt file with the same name. For todays date, it would check ‘/Users/yourname/GTD/Tickler/days/20/20.txt’ and ‘/Users/yourname/GTD/Tickler/months/07/07.txt’. The script will take the contents of them and appends it to todo.txt .
It doesn’t stop there!
It also checks the entire directory and moves all files to the ‘/Users/yourname/GTD/Tickler/today’ folder and makes a todo stating ‘check /Users/yourname/GTD/Tickler/today/$filename’
So how do you get things into the .txt files?
Easy, the patch adds a ‘tickle’ option to ‘todo.sh’.
Say your todo-list looks like:
04 (A) get rich 05 (A) take over the world p:world domination 03 buy DVD 06 fold laundry 07 wash dog 02 vacuum p:household 01 x 2006-07-14 do dishes p:household
Type the following command:
todo tickle 7
The script will then ask you if you want to put it in a day or a month folder (press ‘d’ or ‘m’) and which number and then proceed with moving the task to the .txt file. You can skip the questions by typing:
todo tickle 7 d25
This moves task 7 to /Users/yourname/GTD/Tickler/days/25/25.txt
For month-folder use something like:
todo tickle 7 m8
Leading zeros get added when needed.