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Posted on Fri 14 October 2011 in Technology • 2 min read

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<p>Post an unproductive week and some moments of retrospection later; the root cause of my state of non-action seemed to be lack of clarity and focus. Every day this week, I had bunch of ideas related to the on going projects. Somewhere during this cycle of dealing with tasks, I got overwhelmed with the chained "task" reaction, and lost the focus to organize/think through.</p>

Looking back…

I needed to get into the System again, let the System worry about ideas/projects/tasks. And then my goal should as simple as knocking the tasks off, one by one. My previous attempts to hack on a System were only moderately successful (apart from the few months when I hosted Tracks on my domain). Two lessons from the past -

- Go for the most minimalist yet tweakable user interface. You must know where what is - Carefully choose the system (GTD et. al), or the system would get too complex, and ultimately take me down with it :)

Made the jump

Remember the Milk, it is. The biggest other online contender was Toodledo with great many features (per this comparison chart). I do care a lot about how and where my data goes (read encrypted), todoist only provides SSL with premium accounts. No go. Plus with RTM, I loved their usability and the amazing community around. If you haven’t done already, check out their Tips and Tricks blog posts. So far so good :)

Next, choosing a system. I started with Zen To Done (loved the principles), thanks to ssimon for this nice writeup on implementing ZTD with RTM.

Tweak it up

Here are the RTM mods I’m using:

- User style: Remember the Milk - Keyboard Shortcuts (Smart Add) - User style: RTM on top -chrome (with some modifications, available here)

And this is how the interface looks currently.

[![58](http://arun.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/58-scaled1000.jpg?w=300)](http://arun.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/58-scaled1000.jpg)