Inboxes and Task Triggers

Last edited 1st December 2020

This water-tower-like capture and release of creative opportunities is the job of inboxes in your system. Inboxes store the opportunities that chaos presents, and inboxes save those opportunities until you can use them. Mind Management, Not Time Management pg 226

The inboxes store tasks tagged with various states of mind. When tasks or ideas get moved around different inboxes, they trigger automation flow (like reminders to follow up on some action) allow you to set up a system once and then you no longer have to tend to it. You just keep adding tasks and then the automation takes care of the large majority of the flows.

Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.
– Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) noted in 1980

The cascading inbox approach aims to remove many of the time consuming tactics from other approaches (manually switching in between software for task tracking vs task ideation) and tries to focus on logistics. The focus being "When I'm in x mindset, is everything ready for me to execute my tasks?" What I envision for this approach is that you don't have to waste energy on setting things up for you to start being effective.

Inboxes only work when we trust how their drained

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