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rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
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+1 for OmniFocus

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February 10, 2009 1:39 pm
kingkaramel

kingkaramel

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from Germany
415 posts

Things. Though I'm not a GTD dogmatist. wink

February 10, 2009 1:42 pm

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Things

February 10, 2009 1:43 pm
rawn027

rawn027

Automaton Tech

from Rochester, NY
464 posts

smile I used Things for a long long time during the beta, it seemed too clunky. It was also lacking the sync features I needed. I since switch to OmniFocus and I am quite happy. An upcoming app for those that are interested but haven't made a decision is The Hit List.

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February 10, 2009 1:43 pm
Frank Sinatra

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Every freaking time I see GTD, I assume it has to do with that miniheist. I had no idea it was a real acronym until now sad.

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February 10, 2009 2:03 pm
rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
464 posts

As Bill Nye would say... "Now You Know!"

David Allen (Creator of GTD) is now on twitter!
@gtdguy

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February 10, 2009 2:06 pm
stocke2

stocke2

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from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
179 posts

things and things touch

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February 10, 2009 2:06 pm
rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
464 posts

stocke2 wrote:

things and things touch

I have Things Touch, because I thought I was going to buy Things. Made that mistake.
I cant shell out the 20 bucks for OmniFocus Touch Yet.

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February 10, 2009 2:07 pm
bhp

bhp

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from San Antonio, TX
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I guess you could say Taskmate, though it's not real "GTD."  I've tried most of the GTD apps, and haven't gotten into them enough to make it worth my time/money.  Taskmate's been nice since I use Windows at work, so I can still update my list from a text editor there.  I keep looking at Things, though, and thinking I should try it again.  Maybe after the MH bundle I can budget some money towards it.

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February 10, 2009 2:08 pm
patrick1985

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+1 for Things
+1 for Things touch

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February 10, 2009 2:09 pm
rawn027

rawn027

Automaton Tech

from Rochester, NY
464 posts

Before you get Things... check out The Hit List, or something simple like TaskPaper.
If you dont think you can work it into your everyday life, its not worth it.

You have to LOVE the app you are using. Post-It notes work too.
The book is REALLY worth the read.

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February 10, 2009 2:10 pm
Kristijan

Kristijan

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from Croatia
109 posts

Things... Simple and powerful. I like it more than Hit List.

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February 10, 2009 2:14 pm
TheBaker

TheBaker

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96 posts

Another avid Things user here.

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February 10, 2009 2:14 pm
fr0stbyt

fr0stbyt

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from Ridgeland, MS
468 posts

OmniFocus

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February 10, 2009 2:14 pm
AVargo

AVargo

Tinkerer

from Boston-metro
34 posts

TaskPaper

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February 10, 2009 2:16 pm
ben.mcmahan

ben.mcmahan

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from Mostly Tucson
455 posts

I tried out omnifocus, but found it far too complicated (or perhaps specific) for what I wanted to use it for.  I really liked my demo of Things, and have been considering purchasing, but when Process was included in the loot, I've been meaning to give that a spin. (i work on a lot of different projects/contracts, and while Things had an intuitive way for me to organize tasks within larger headings/projects, I'm broke and figured if I could use Process, it would help)...

So, is anyone using process for GTD?

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February 10, 2009 2:20 pm
rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
464 posts

Ben,

Did you work at RIT before?

-Ron

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February 10, 2009 2:21 pm
zackkitzmiller

zackkitzmiller

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591 posts

Things + Things Touch

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February 10, 2009 2:22 pm
GMMStraider

GMMStraider

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from Munich, Germany
41 posts

Things + Things Touch, too

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February 10, 2009 2:37 pm
JPDyson

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Things. It works.

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February 10, 2009 2:39 pm
markr

markr

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559 posts

I don't GTD unless the wife insists smile

For tasks - taskmate / voodoopad / shovebox

Have Things Touch and it remains a regretted purchase.

February 10, 2009 2:45 pm
rawn027

rawn027

Automaton Tech

from Rochester, NY
464 posts

markr, right with you on regretted purchases, oh well...

I dont think the issue is if any of these apps work or not, but if they work for you.

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February 10, 2009 2:55 pm
tradersvic

tradersvic

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14 posts

Definitely Taskpaper (pimped up with some AppleScript to manage due dates). I worked with OmniFocus for some time but eventually realized, that it has been to overcharged for my present needs.

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February 10, 2009 2:58 pm
TheBaker

TheBaker

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ben.mcmahan wrote:

So, is anyone using process for GTD?

I tried it for a while, but found it cumbersome and it didn't really do what I wanted to do. It's more project management than life management.

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February 10, 2009 3:00 pm
ben.mcmahan

ben.mcmahan

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from Mostly Tucson
455 posts

rawn027 wrote:

Ben,
Did you work at RIT before?
-Ron

Not even sure what RIT is, so I guess not.  For better or worse, Even though I like to think of myself as a unique individual, I'm not the only "ben mcmahan" (i think the other one that comes up works for Google or a subsidiary - but that's not me). 


TheBaker wrote:
ben.mcmahan wrote:

So, is anyone using process for GTD?

I tried it for a while, but found it cumbersome and it didn't really do what I wanted to do. It's more project management than life management.

That was what I feared and I really like Things and it's simple integration into my iCal tasks.  (which syncs w/ my berry very well)..I guess another vote for Things.

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February 10, 2009 3:23 pm
hiddenlucas

hiddenlucas

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from Silesia > Poland
49 posts

Things too!

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February 10, 2009 3:27 pm
step

step

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from Georgia, US
1,787 posts

Things Touch.  Well, I should be using it.  Some days I do better than others.

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February 10, 2009 3:27 pm
antmuz

antmuz

Automaton Tech

from UK
212 posts

I'm finding Things on both the Mac and iPhone is doing it for me. Quite good at syncing and after watching both apps grow over the last year it's looking quite good. Hopefully the developers can keep on building on it.

February 10, 2009 3:34 pm
xaledo

xaledo

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from Copenhagen, Denmark
211 posts

I use Things, and just got Things Touch today. The automatic sync is incredible!

February 10, 2009 3:35 pm
telonaes

telonaes

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from Marburg, Germany
98 posts

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February 10, 2009 4:02 pm
squawky

squawky

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from Miskatonic University
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+1 for TaskPaper.

I tried Process, and it's just overly cumbersome  - esepcially for (if you're like me) multiple projects with many small tasks with different deadlines.  I wanted to copy/paste entire projects to avoid some of the set up work, and couldn't figure out how to do it (if you can).  I liked that it put the tasks into iCal, though, so I might put it to use for larger projects (lots of small tasks but with fewer deadlines).

Yes, I can't put deadlines in TaskPaper, but it's easier to input what needs to be done and check it off once it is done.  The most important tasks go into iCal by hand.

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February 10, 2009 4:09 pm
revjdg

revjdg

Automaton Tech

from Nampa, ID
232 posts

I use Things Touch and Desktop for my general GTD needs. I like the look of Process, and will probably use it for more media intensive one off projects, like new web builds, or storyboarding when I want to pull together lots of documents etc.

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February 10, 2009 5:32 pm
vicker

vicker

Urchin

9 posts

OmniFocus

February 10, 2009 5:55 pm
TheSlash!

TheSlash!

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from Derby, England
142 posts

I've settled on Things and Things Touch after months of switching between Things (beta), Omnifocus, Taskpaper and trying The Hit List for a bit. Things was the one I found easiest to integrate into my life and the iPhone synchronisation is incredibly useful. Omnifocus was just too inflexible imo, or at least to get the most out of it you had to follow its design religiously.

Another great thing about Things is that the team behind it (Cultured Code) listen constantly to our suggestions and are gradually developing something which is just as beautiful to use but has more features.

I'm definitely not bashing any of the other task managers, they just didn't provide me with what I wanted (either too little or too much)

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February 10, 2009 6:46 pm
rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
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Wow, I am impressed by how Things actually took the Mac community by storm.

GTD in general has been insane! Thanks David Allen! twitter.com/gtdguy

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February 10, 2009 6:59 pm
jamesljobs

jamesljobs

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from UK
82 posts

Things + Things Mobile ( I need it to sync over the air before I use it fully)

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February 10, 2009 7:17 pm
compugurl

compugurl

Gearhead

59 posts

Things!!! ftw

February 10, 2009 7:46 pm
Bob Nahasapeemapetilon

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bhp wrote:

I guess you could say Taskmate, though it's not real "GTD."  I've tried most of the GTD apps, and haven't gotten into them enough to make it worth my time/money.  Taskmate's been nice since I use Windows at work, so I can still update my list from a text editor there.  I keep looking at Things, though, and thinking I should try it again.  Maybe after the MH bundle I can budget some money towards it.

Most of the GTD applications people praise are not "true" GTD applications. wink

I guess that as long as it works for the users, that's good.
In my case I use Thinking Rock 2, and gladly donated to it even though it's free. I also have OmniFocus which I don't use, and I've tried probably dozens of "GTD" applications including Things. I always come back to Thinking Rock, but I do follow David Allen's methodology.

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February 10, 2009 8:04 pm
MattNZ

MattNZ

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from New Zealand
129 posts

+1 Omnifocus (Mac & iPhone)

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February 10, 2009 8:04 pm
dkoerner

dkoerner

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Taskpaper, since it was in the last Heist Bundle...... wanted to check out Things sometime, maybe in the next bundle :-)

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February 10, 2009 8:08 pm
Bob Nahasapeemapetilon

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rawn027 wrote:

Wow, I am impressed by how Things actually took the Mac community by storm.

GTD in general has been insane! Thanks David Allen! twitter.com/gtdguy

Not bad for a Task Management application smile I actually like Things, but for what it is I think it's overpriced. When people compare it with OmniFocus' $80 price tag, $50 sounds like a good price, but OmniFocus is also overpriced. It's precursor, Kinkless, used to be free. I actually paid less than $20 for my copy of OmniFocus (pre-release), so I can't complain.

As GTD becomes more popular, hopefully people will read the book or at least some description of what GTD truly entails.

For example:
"Software listed here has been verified to support Getting Things Done and related systems as of 06 Feb 2009."
http://www.priacta.com/Articles/Compari … ftware.php

They might as well list Word or Excel. People could also implement GTD with those programs. big_smile
I actually often used the templates found here and a pen:
http://www.diyplanner.com/templates/official
During my weekly review I would incorporate the information from the templates into Thinking Rock, just to have a reference of what I did and when I did it.

I also don't get the inclusion of mind mapping software, while excluding XMind. Perhaps it's because of the integration of MindMap and MindManager with Project Management applications, but I have no idea. Just the letters GTD are now a powerful marketing tool smile

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February 10, 2009 8:42 pm
rawn027

rawn027

Automaton Tech

from Rochester, NY
464 posts

I was able to get OmniFocus for 50 (academic pricing) so I am not unhappy which is why I compare it to Things.

As for mind mapping I use MindNode... GREAT cocoa app!

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February 10, 2009 10:57 pm
jetcx

jetcx

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from Canada
41 posts

I use RTM.

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February 10, 2009 10:58 pm
macbruski

macbruski

Automaton Tech

from Ireland
180 posts

I've tried OmniFocus and Things. They are both great apps. I prefer OmniFocus, though I have to admit that Things is more intuitive out of the box. Once you get used to OmniFocus you realise the power and efficiency of the app. The syncing with the iPhone app is top notch. The Hit List is also shaping up nicely. Really, we are spoiled for choice.

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February 10, 2009 11:18 pm
rawn027

rawn027

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from Rochester, NY
464 posts

OmniFocus definitely has a higher learning curve, but at the end of the day, I am more productive.

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February 10, 2009 11:39 pm
beatej

beatej

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296 posts

Things. Desktop & Phone
Got trial of OmniFocus desktop and bought iPhone version for my "busy time" as I needed more flexible organization.
Back to Things.
Tried The Hit List & Midnight Inbox.
Back to Things.
Tried Process - really like it and use it for that "special project" where I want to link a lot of files, docs and info.
And...Things is still the #1 choice for me.

(I'm spending more time playing with...umm...Testing productivity apps than I am GTD)

February 10, 2009 11:53 pm
twodogsguy

twodogsguy

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from So. Cal Desert
122 posts

Things + Things Touch - As well

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February 11, 2009 12:40 am
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TaskPaper.  It's simple, elegant, and intuitive.

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February 11, 2009 1:31 am
rjhindinger

rjhindinger

Tinkerer

from Union City, NJ
46 posts

Things and Things Touch for me as well, and I tried pretty much everything else first, including Omnifocus.  Things is the only one that felt smooth enough and unintrusive enough for me to stick with it.

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February 11, 2009 1:40 am
celse7en

celse7en

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from Chestnut Hill, MA
55 posts

Things... love it... used it for over a year!

I am using Evernote a lot these days (and in the last couple of days, Shovebox) for collecting (not just actions, but collecting into trusted systems needs to be done as well)... need to get the groove of this to tell if it is permanent.

In general, my GTD system is as follows (fairly analog for a coder):

Capture:
- In general: By means of my hPDA
- If more prose form notes or photos: Email Evernote (I have a BlackBerry at my job)
- If at computer, directly to Things/Google Calendar

Sorting:
- Dump cards, etc. to Things, tag, sort, and put times on everything
- Add dates to Google Calendar (which shows in iCal/Blackberry)

Orienting myself:
- In AM: look at Things, look at calendar, plan out day on notebook
- Refer back to notebook during day, checking off
- If things change, rework notebook lists.

I think I focus better writing the final list on the notebook, rather than just twiddling things in the interface (kind of what I did like in TaskPaper).

But I digress.

How does everyone else do GTD or whathaveyou (beyond using X or Y piece of software)?

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February 11, 2009 1:47 am
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