Getting Things Done, or GTD for short, is a methodology invented by David Allen around 15 years back. GTD introduced two revolutionary ideas:
Here's the personal workflow from Erlend Hamberg's GTD in 15 minutes.
The GTD personal workflow has certainly stood the test of time. Tasks that take less than 2 minutes must be done right away. Open loops must be off-loaded to an inbox. And so on. The trusted system, however is getting outdated.
In 2012, David Allen and Charles Simonyi partnered to develop a “meta application” that will help people practice the GTD methodology in conjunction with their existing apps and devices. We believe that Yoke is such a meta-application.
A typical knowledge worker uses 3-10 cloud applications. Each app tracks multiple projects that are worked on by distributed teams. With Yoke, you can track your virtual inboxes and buckets using data from the apps that you use today, and set up your own personal trusted system.
Here is a screenshot of a sample Yoke board:
The above figure shows a Yoke board connected to Gmail, Google Drive, Wunderlist, JIRA, Slack, Twitter, LinkedIn and GitHub.
A Yoke board consists of lists which are laid out as columns in the board. On mobile devices, you can swipe left or right to scroll across the lists on your board.
A list can have several cards which connect to your accounts and track specific items that you care about. For instance, a Gmail card can track emails that are starred, and a JIRA Agile card can track tasks/bugs in the current sprint.
A GTD-style Yoke board consists of the following lists: