"The GTD methodology encourages to collect all inboxes into a trusted system in order to free your mind, process and organize everything and then review and do actions."

ThinkingRock has been designed to match the GTD flow:

  • Collect thoughts
  • Process thoughts
  • Organize thoughts into Projects, Actions, Reference Items, Someday/Maybe Items and Goals
  • Review Actions, mark them done and document them

No need to follow procedures to adapt ThinkingRock to GTD!

ThinkingRock can become your trusted system:

  • Data is stored in one file which is backed up at every startup
  • A recovery file is kept to save your work in progress
  • Data is kept locally, i.e. not on the web

GTD Flow vs. ThinkingRock flow

GTD methodology - Collect, Process and Organize
ThinkingRock - Collect and Process

Collect stuff, empty inboxes
Collect thought

  • Is it actionable? Yes - Type of actions: do it, delegate it/waiting for, defer it, calendar
  • No - Delete, possible later actions, reference

Process thoughts:

  • first screen process into actionable: actions, projects, sub-projects
  • second screen process them into non-actionable: reference items, someday/maybe items or goals

Organize: If a stuff item requires more than one action, create a project
Process thoughts: create a new project or add action to an existing project

GTD Review and Do
ThinkingRock Review

Daily Review
Review actions with user defined tabs and filtering. Mark actions to done, re-schedule, update notes with timestamp, links
Weekly Review
Review projects: planning, auto-sequencing, reports

GTD Other concepts

6 Level Model: Life, 3-5 year vision, 1-2 year goals, areas of responsiibility, current projects, current actions
User defined goal levels, topics to cover area of responsibility, active projects, active actions
Tickle functionality
Someday/Maybe item with a tickle date when to re-appear on top of the unprocessed thoughts inbox
Context with filtering and report
Priority, time, energy
Priority, time, energy criteria with filtering


GTD flow diagram - copyright The David Allen Company

About ThinkingRock

ThinkingRock is developed by Avente Pty Ltd, an Australian registered company.

Read more about the ThinkingRock team in this interview on the Netbeans website

GTD Links

We have compiled a list of useful resources related to the Getting Things Done methodology and its implementation.

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