Thanks for this community contribution from Pete Tambroni. Here’s how he has setup his GTD organization on the iPhone…
In the original Getting Things Done, much of the focus was on paper systems with an electronic complement. These days much of our world is the opposite.
I try to have as much as possible in electronic form with a paper complement. Having things on a computer or PDA allows it to be searchable and easily changed from one category to another. But just because we can search for something doesn’t mean we should. Why not just know where it is? [Read more →]
Having a total and seamless system of organization gives you tremendous power because it allows your mind to let go of the lower-level thinking and graduate to intuitive focusing, undistracted by matters that haven’t been dealt with appropriately. – David Allen
In other words…get a seamless, leakproof system for tracking everything you can’t do in the moment–personally and professionally. And make sure you trust it more than holding stuff in your brain.
In our podcast series on the best practices of GTD, we’re moving on to the 3rd stage of mastering workflow: organize. Once you’ve collected and processed your work, then you just need to put it into places that you trust.
For those of you who want even more on this topic, the Getting Things Done book club on GTD Connect is just about to move to Chapter 7 of the book, which is all about organizing. The book club is a great way to make sure you really “get” all of the pieces of GTD to put together a complete and intuitive system that makes sense for you.
I recently spoke with Dean Hering of Netcentrics about the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In. We had a fun chat about how the product came to be and what it does these days for GTD’ers on Outlook. Listen now.
Right before the podcast, I Tweeted that I’d be speaking with him and I asked Dean some of the questions some of you sent to me (such as getting tech support, Office 10 release, how it interfaces with Toodledo and more.)
I recently interviewed Ken Case, CEO for OmniGroup, about the ever popular OmniFocus for Mac. You’ll hear about the history of OmniGroup, what their company culture is like today, what OmniFocus does for a GTD’er, and more. Here’s an excerpt:
Ken Case: The big thing that we tried to do as we were designing the application is really think about the parts of the GTD workflow that we could address, and automate those, and then maybe not try to touch the parts that didn’t make as much sense. For example, we don’t do calendaring; we leave that to whatever calendaring system you already have. I use the calendar app that’s built-in to the iPhone, but you can use a paper calendar or whatever works for you for that part of the system. We do focus on the GTD collecting and processing–capturing stuff out of your head and getting it into your inbox. We tried to make that really easy with a keystroke…
Grab a list of all of the OmniFocus speed keys.
In this 30-minute podcast, David and his team talk about the critical “thinking” stage of GTD. They share practical tips, personal examples and suggestions for the processing stage of mastering your workflow. Listen now.
If you missed the previous episode in our GTD best practices series on Collect, you can catch it here.
Years ago, David Allen worked with software design firm Netcentrics to create a GTD solution for Outlook users. In fact, it’s one of the few applications (Eric Mack’s eProductivity product is another) that has David’s fingerprints on the look, feel and functionality. Although you can customize Outlook to be more useful via the GTD & Outlook whitepaper, the Netcentrics GTD Outlook Add-In automated many of the customizations we suggest in that paper and adds a few key things that only the Add-In will do:
Link Projects to Actions (solving the timeless question and request from GTD’ers, “How do you know which project a next action relates to?”)
Process input more easily (gives a GTD toolbar for one-stop processing, linking and organizing) [Read more →]
Like the desktop quest, many GTD’ers are searching for the perfect GTD list manager app for the iPhone. The NY Times just posted a nice, simple article on organizing apps for the iPhone. While it’s certainly not an extensive look at the topic, nor will it cover all of what’s out there, or even your favorites (but I’m sure you’ll let us know!), it’s worth a read.
I’ve also written a few articles on my experience of GTD & iPhone over on my blog:
Stay tuned to GTD Times for more on Getting Things Done with the iPhone.
David Allen & his team sat down to record a podcast on the best practices of Collect.
In this 35 minute podcast they talk about:
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