For those of you who have iPhones, there’s a brand-new setup guide that describes how best to configure the iPhone for GTD. The David Allen Company online store has letter and European A4 sizes of the guide for sale as PDF downloads. You’ll find information here about the GTD & iPhone 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?
What mobile tools are you using for your productivity? iPad? Android? iPhone? BlackBerry? Other? What works really well about the mobile tools you use (features you can’t live without) and what’s challenging about them (you’d be a productivity rock star if only…)? We’d love to hear from you!
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We often get asked, “What software should I use to view my GTD task lists on the iPhone?
For those of you on Mac, our recommendation is OmniFocus. For those of you on PC or using Web-based apps, we have not vetted an iPhone application yet. Rest assured, we’re working hard on this and will be sure to make an announcement when we find something that passes our rigorous vetting process. Here are the only software applications that have earned David Allen’s recommendation. And of those, just the Netcentrics GTD® Outlook® Add-In and eProductivity™ for Lotus Notes® have earned the coveted “GTD-Enabled” distinction.
In the meantime, tap into the wisdom and personal experience of your fellow GTDers by reading the many discussions about this :
We are pleased to announce the release of a resource that many of you have been asking for: a GTD & BlackBerry Guide. A few of us are now on BlackBerry as our portable solution and we put together a Guide on the best GTD tips, tricks, and practices for making your BlackBerry rock for GTD.
It’s chock-full of 45 pages of coaching advice on getting the most out of shortcuts, Email, Tasks, the Calendar and MemoPad using the built-in features of a BlackBerry (which means you won’t find any requirements of any 3rd-party software to buy to apply what’s in the Guide.)
Buy the Guide now (only $10 for a PDF)
So…the next question that’s been pouring into our customer service department today: What about a GTD Guide for iPhone users? [Read more →]
Ryan Norbauer wrote an interesting article on what he calls, “The Psychology of OmniFocus: How to Wrap your Head Around the Finest (and Most Perplexing) GTD App on the Market.” We know many of you are OmniFocus fans out there (we are too) and I thought this was an interesting read. I particularly liked:
“If you’re just borrowing ideas from GTD here and there, like the idea of grouping your to-do lists by context, you’re missing almost everything GTD has to offer, which is a terrible shame.”
This article is worth a read on tapping into the full power of GTD + OmniFocus. Read more…
A Community Contribution from Brian Isikoff, sharing how he manages GTD lists on his new iPad
I’m a four+ year adoptee of GTD, an IT Procurement professional since 1992, podcast producer, writer, and all around nice guy. Lastly, I’m the owner of a sparkly new iPad.
That iPad has quickly become the center of my GTD system. The form factor is the key for me. The device is highly portable – certainly around the house, neighborhood, and many of my favorite destinations. The iPad’s planner-ish size and capabilities allow me to not only implement GTD but take many of actions captured in the system. To complement the native Apple calendar, contacts, and email, I added Toodledo (which syncs with the free web service of the same name.)
My iPhone also running a synced copy of Toodledo (and calendar, email, safari, etc.) which provides the little notepad / Moleskine equivalent to my system. It’s also a little more discrete than pulling out an iPad – ideal for the BART train, while on a walk, coffee break or arriving at a meeting a little early.
Implementation Specifics [Read more →]
What does the David Allen Company recommend for implementing GTD® Task lists on the iPhone?
The iPhone was not built with a Tasks application, so you will need to find an App that will support the GTD best practices for a list manager (e.g. sort by category/context, allow but not force due dates, allows related notes to be attached to the Task, etc.) What you choose for the iPhone would depend primarily on what do you need to sync it to. The corresponding application you want to sync it to (Mac, PC or Web) would narrow down the best application for you to install on the iPhone for Tasks. The end result is that you would have a Tasks application on the iPhone–>syncing through a service–>that then shares that information with a corresponding application on the web or desktop. [Read more →]