The new GTD-Q® app is a free productivity assessment for your iPhone and iPad. In less than two minutes you will get visual results of where you fit in terms of the two critical elements of self-management: control and perspective.
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This 3-minute sample is from a recent webinar about implementing GTD in the Windows desktop version of Outlook.
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The next live webinar on GTD & Outlook is on Thursday, September 19, at 10:00am Pacific time. It’s a 75-minute deep dive that will focus on email, tasks, calendar, projects, and reference. Click here for more information and to register.
With so many tools available that claim to increase your productivity, how do you choose? Todd Brown has compiled a set of questions in this blog post that will help you decide. Here’s a short excerpt, but you’ll want to read the full post to get his excellent and extensive questions that will save you time choosing among productivity tools.
Dealing with Promiscuous Organizing
It seems that information overload, which we’ve all been warned about for years, is now not just about too much email, too many tweets or Facebook posts, it’s also about an overload of the tools that are available to help us stay on top of things.
What we see out in the world is that many people have gathered lots of software tools, but they’re usually not getting the best out of them. Apps in particular are usually cheap, reducing the barriers to trying them out. So people end up with loads of them, and they often overlap. In a seminar recently I met someone who had four different list manager apps, each of which he used for about a week before losing enthusiasm and moving on to the next one. People like this are “promiscuous organizers”. They move from one tool to another, hoping to finally find The One Right Tool that will really change their lives.
I try to keep in mind that even the best tool is only as good as the thinking that I employ as I use it. A common phrase in Germany is “a fool with a tool is still a fool.” As much as the lazy side of my nature would prefer, tools can’t make the priority calls, deal unaided with ambiguity, or grapple effectively with the nuance of tough decisions. When it comes to those things, we need to employ that tool between our ears.
Evernote’s popularity as a list manager is growing fast. Here’s our brand-new setup guide with the best practices on how to use Evernote for GTD. You can get more information about the GTD and Evernote Setup Guide, including a free sample of the guide, here. It’s available in Windows and Mac versions.
The focus with this Guide is to show you how to use Evernote for your GTD workflow. Many people think of Evernote as a tool for storing your non-actionable reference information, but we have found it to also be useful (and fun!) for managing the actionable things as well. This Guide will focus on configuring and populating Evernote for your Project lists and plans, Next Actions lists, and Reference.
If you are new to Evernote, this Guide is an excellent starting point for you to build a solid GTD foundation for optimizing your productivity using the built-in features. If you already have an established system in Evernote, use this Guide as an opportunity to fine-tune or simplify, if you have found you’ve underused or overbuilt your setup.
For those of you who use OmniFocus, there’s a brand-new setup guide that describes how best to configure OmniFocus for GTD. The David Allen Company online store has letter and A4 sizes of the guide for sale as PDF downloads. You’ll find information here about the GTD & OmniFocus Setup Guide, as well as other guides. A free sample is also available for download.
A recent comment on our Facebook page asked about the best app to sync Android with Outlook. Anyone on GTD Times have an opinion about that?
Here’s some great news for Microsoft Outlook users. Netcentrics has released version 3.2 of their Getting Things Done® Outlook® Add-In. You can review the new features and benefits here and read their press release with additional details by clicking the …more link below.
Netcentrics offers a free 30-day trial, so you have plenty of time to take this terrific new software for a test drive. [Read more →]
For those of you on Outlook 2010, we just released a new Setup Guide to assist you in creating a rock-solid GTD system in Outlook. Since the 2010 version changed some ways things are done in Outlook, we created a new Guide specific to this version. A few of the updates in this new 45-page Guide include:
The eProductivity team has just launched a flurry of new products and improvements. In addition to a brand-new website, they released a free version, a new standalone product, and price reductions on all new subscriptions.
You may know that David Allen uses eProductivity. It’s also the GTD app of choice for his staff at the David Allen Company. If you use Lotus Notes, eProductivity is well worth a look. It’s the only app for IBM Lotus software to receive the GTD Enabled designation.