Channels allow you to categorize tasks, events, and objectives so that you can better understand where you are spending your time each day. The daily shutdown , daily planning , and weekly review flow will show you a breakdown of how you spent your time by channel.
Contexts allow you to group several channels together so that you can quickly focus your on one context at a time. For example, you can switch to your "#work" context to see all just your work tasks, or you can switch to your "#personal" channel to see all your personal tasks for the day.
Accessing your channel menu · 1:45
You can click "Channels" in the left hand panel to enter the Channel Menu. From here you can create/edit context and channels.
Assigning to a channel · 2:58
Tasks, Calendar Events, and Objectives have a dropdown that allow you to set the channel. You can use the keyboard shortcut
Q to show the channel selector.
Navigating to a context/channel · 1:00
You can navigate to a single context or channel by clicking on that context/channel from the left hand panel. You can also use the keyboard shortcut
CMD+L to change the currently selected channel. This is especially helpful if you are in a view where the channel selector is not available.
When you select a channel, you'll see just the tasks and objectives in that channel. Your calendar events always show in the calendar view, regardless of the channel you have selected.
If you've selected a top-level context, you'll see all the items in that context and in it's nested channels.
The #all channel · 0:51
The #all channel shows you all your items across all your channels and and those that don't have a channel.
If you feel like your tasks have disappeared, make sure to go back to the #all channel.
Hiding channels · 2:37
If there's a channel you no longer want to use, you can hide it from the left hand panel by clicking the "Visible" toggle from the channels menu.
- Create at least two contexts, one for work and one for personal. During your workday, you'll mostly work with your #work context selected. This keeps you from getting distracted from things that might not be relevant till later in the day.
- Contexts and channels are also useful for timeboxing tasks to different calendars. Read more about how how you can link channels and calendars.
- If you have multiple jobs or part of multiple organizations, that's usually a good reason to create an additional context.
- Don't create too many channels per context. 5-7 channels is usually a good amount. It's easy to get obsessed with finding the perfect taxonomy and organization of your data but it won't actually help you work with calm and focus.
- Channels help you understand where you are spending your time and that's why their best kept fairly high-level e.g. just use #hiring instead of #phone-screens #interviews #debriefs.
Updated 4 months ago