At Timyo, we are big fans of David Allen‘s book Getting Things Done, and the time-management system that it outlines. So it’s no accident that Timyo aligns so well with the “Four D’s” of Getting Things Done:
In case you aren’t familiar with the Getting Things Done approach, it basically boils down to the idea that so many of the vague stresses in our lives are stressful precisely because they are vague—our brains are full of nebulous, free-floating anxiety that stresses us out unnecessarily.
By simply enumerating what all of those stressors are, naming each one and writing them down, you’ve already gone a long way to relieving that bad stress. Then all you have to do is look at each item on your list and apply the four D’s.
The core belief of Timyo is that your time matters, so it’s no surprise that Timyo‘s functionality is consistent with GTD:
Some emails don’t require responses; they require actions. Timyo gives senders an easy way to let recipients know that an email is asking them to do something:
And once you yourself have acted on an email, simply mark that email as “Done”—
and watch it magically disappear from your Today folder.
As a sender, Timyo lets you tell recipients when you would like them to read, reply, or act upon your email—this time-based approach is perhaps our single biggest improvement over the email status quo.
And as a recipient, Timyo helps you quickly and easily assign an email to the appropriate date with Agenda View:
Unlike any other email management system, Timyo gives you the power of time when you delegate tasks—with Timyo, you can not only ask someone to do something, but also let them know when you would like them to do it:
We’ve talked here before about the quixotic quest of getting down to “Zero Inbox”, so this one isn’t about diving into an ocean of unimportant email and desperately trying to sort out the few good ones and deleting the rest.
Instead, Timyo‘s version of “Delete” is the Done folder mentioned above.
Once you’ve dealt with an email, either by reading, responding, or carrying out a requested action, simply mark the email as “Done” and know that if you ever need to revisit it, you can easily find it in your Done folder, safely out of your way.
But, wait! There’s more!
Timyo is not only great at managing your email with time: Timyo’s To-Do feature also allows you to keep track of your own list of to-dos, and integrate them seamlessly into your Agenda.
By helping you to clearly and consistently communicate with email and letting you easily manage your own to-do list, Timyo makes sure that Getting Things Done with email has never been easier.