Getting Things Done with Mindmanager, ResultsManager, GyroQ, and now MindReader

I’ve used Mindmanager as my core information-management tool at work for several years. For the last few months I have also been using it as the underlying support for my “GTD-like” personal productivity processes, augmented with the excellent ResultsManager add-in from Gyronix.

ResultsManager is very powerful, I particularly like the way it allows me to have a mindmap per project, yet pull all of my “Next Actions” into a single Dashboard mind map. However to exploit this power requires the capture of several pieces of information for each action item.

This is where another Gyronix product comes in – GyroQ – this provides a hot-keyable place to capture odd thoughts without breaking flow, queueing them for later addition to a set of ResultsManager mindmaps.

One of the great things about GyroQ is that the tag-based interface allows end-users (with the approprioate developer licence) to extend the functionality of the tool.

The most active contributor of new tags and macros is the anonymous ActivityOwner, who is both active on the Gyronix support forums and runs an excellent website packed with hints, tips, and example GyroQ tags, MindManager macros, and ResultsManager dashboards.

Latest offering from ActivityOwner that I’ve grabbed and put into service is a set of tags and macros entitled MindReader. This extends the functionality of GyroQ to allow you to enter natural-language phrases such as “Email Bob about project X tomorrow” and have these parsed to create ResultsManager activities with key information fields pre-filled – potentially a huge timesaver.

I run a mixed economy of MindManager versions – X5 at work, 6 at home. MindReader is designed to work with version 6, and I discovered one version-dependency in the code. I’ve posted a fix to make MindReader work with MindManager 5 on the ActivityOwner wiki here.

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4 Replies to “Getting Things Done with Mindmanager, ResultsManager, GyroQ, and now MindReader”

  1. Thanks for the comments on MindReader and your wiki contribution. It was great to see someone jumping in and using it.

    I implemented your fix to the main code and uploaded the new version, which I guess now obsoletes the wiki page :-).

    Feel free to continue to contribute as it is clear you have a bit of experience working with wikis. I’m finding all the dimensions of potential functionality it adds a bit overwelming.

  2. Thanks for your comments, and I’m impressed you’ve responded so quickly!

    I wondered if this had in turn broken the code for V6, as to be honest I hadn’t checked that – this was something of a fix for the X5 case – but I’ve just tested on V6 and all appears well.

    Wikis certainly open up lots of possibilities (some of which are for confusion), especially with such a full-featured tool as MediaWiki

  3. I had initially tried to implement the code using the categories field but had run into some road blocks in setting and comparing the categories due to my beginner VB skills. I think I may have been using a “=” instead of a instr.

    We will have to see how the wiki evolves. I’m finding it very easy to rapidly clean up the MindReader documentation and to accumulate resource links that would fill up the blog side-bar eventually. On the otherhand, it is less obvious how this exchange should happen there — on a blog entry comment string, in the “discussion” tab of the page,…?

    It is too bad it can’t all just be done with maps so that it stayed in the theme of the site.

    Thanks again.

    -AO

  4. As you say “It is too bad it can’t all just be done with maps so that it stayed in the theme of the site”

    Some kind of server-side mind mapping program perhaps?

    The sort of thing MindMeister and Mindomo are producing perhaps, but integrated into client web site

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