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mgorman85 2011-02-11 06:22 AM

Quick Project Creation
Does anyone know of a quick way to turn an item in the inbox into a project? The only way I can find is to drag it to the side bar, but when I'm processing my in-box, I'd really like to not have to leave to add items to that particular task.

whpalmer4 2011-02-11 06:51 AM

Outdent with cmd-[

whpalmer4 2011-02-11 06:56 AM

Better yet, select everything in the Inbox you want in that new project, group with G, type project name, re-arrange anything out of order, then outdent.

mgorman85 2011-02-11 07:12 AM

Thank you! Wow, makes life so much easier now.

whpalmer4 2011-02-11 07:51 AM

Another tactic, if you've got an action in the Inbox for an as-yet-to-be-created project is to simply tab over to the project field, type in the desired project name and follow with cmd-return. This creates the project and assigns that action to it (assign a context, too, if you want one). When the clean-up step happens, it will be swept out to the sidebar with no further action required. This is better suited for individual actions you are turning into projects rather than groups of actions, which are more efficiently handled by the group/outdent approach. Group/outdent is also better if you need to set any parameters for the project, such as parallel/sequential, context, auto-complete, etc. because you have something to inspect with the inspector. I use the "create project in place" approach most often on the iPad/iPhone, I think; it's kind of a wash on the Mac.

jens 2011-02-14 02:09 AM

The outdent approach was really helpful for me. But one thing I'm struggling with is then how to move the project into a folder without having to use the mouse.

I know that you can use the "Folder : Subfolder" naming scheme if you assign a project through the project field, but it would be great to first set up everything around the project and then simply file it via some kind of shortcut. I think The Hit List had some kind of function for this which I really liked.

RobTrew 2011-02-14 07:48 AM

[QUOTE=jens;93257]how to move the project into a folder without having to use the mouse.[/QUOTE]

One approach would be to assign this script to a keystroke using something like FastScripts or Keyboard Maestro.

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