Getting Things Done (GTD) made simple

For many years I have been looking for Getting Things Done (GTD) in a simple way. And now I have found one:

Monkey GTD at

It’s a TiddlyWiki file with a very simple, very sparse user interface, yet extremely powerful and versatile. No wasted screen space, just plain and simple look-and-feel. Since it is a TiddlyWiki, it comes as a single (html) file, requires no installation except a browser supporting javascript. It works perfectly with Firefox.

You can create actions, ticklers and references. Actions are set next, waiting or future, ticklers are connected to a date at which they will appear on the dashboard, and references are just entries with no timing constraint. Each can be connected to a contactperson, a project, an area (e.g. a department), a context (i.e. a category) or a realm (e.g work, personal), and it shows and updates cross-relationships on-the fly. For example, if an action is connected to a person and a project, you will see the action from the person and from the project, but also from the area that the project is associated with.
Each of the entries are just tiddlers, with some additional features. A tiddler is a wiki-page in TiddlyWiki. This means that you can add (formatted) text, or change the title or other settings. And of course you can make ordinary tiddlers.

I also use it to first define an action (e.g. “Schedule meeting with Joe about CruiseControl”), then add my meeting notes (preparation notes and discussion notes) to it and finally change the action into a reference (e.g. “CruiseControl”) or into a contactperson (e.g. “Joe Plummer”). This way I build up my own wikipedia, while also supporting GTD.

If you don’t know TiddlyWiki, you definitely need to take a look since it is the simplest wiki in the world, yet extremely powerful and extended by macros and plugins.

About Frank Schophuizen (fschop)

Hi, my name is Frank Schophuizen and I am working as a consultant in CM, Agile and ALM for TOPIC Embedded Systems. I have over 30 years experience in software development in the technology industry, with the last 15 years mainly in process improvement, deployment and integration of methods and tools in the area of Agile (SAFe, Scrum), CM and ALM. I am strongly interested in the complexities of collaboration and integration in multi-project and multi-site organizations. I have worked with various technology companies such as Philips, ASML, NXP and Vanderlande, and with various tool vendors such as Atlassian (e.g. Jira, Confluence),IBM Rational (e.g. ClearCase, Synergy, Jazz products) as well as open source tools (e.g. SVN, Git, Jenkins, Trac, Eclipse). I am living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with my wife. We have 3 adult children. My main hobbies are classical music and photography.
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1 Response to Getting Things Done (GTD) made simple

  1. dannielo says:

    For implementing GTD you can use this web-based application:< HREF="" REL="nofollow"><>You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.A mobile version and iCal are available too.


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