Getting Things Done (GTD) on a Mac

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  1. tunecard

    tunecard New Member

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    Hi Guys

    I have been reading this book Getting Things Done by David Allen. Its a work productivity book and teaches a (rather complex) system of focusing on work and play tasks for improved personal and work productivity.

    Since dropping Outlook as a work planner - planning task management has been a holy grail for me on the Mac. I initially found iCal rather weak on functionality (compared to Outlook) as it just wasnt able to manage my list of multiple tasks and contacts over 2 Macs and iPhone despite an explensive $100 .Mac licience.

    Then Me.com came along and I am testing to see if this is the calender and address book is the remote sync solution that I have been looking for. It seems to work quite welll synching between various Macs and iphone. But Me does not resolve Task Management very well so I have been searching for the best tools to address this area.

    I have leveled it down to OmniFocus (at $75 for Mac version and $25 for iphone ver) its quite expensive. and Things ( iphone ver $25, $ Mac ver $35 but not launched) by CodeCulture.

    Things seems to be the better one for me due to its cleaner CoCo interface, easier to use and cheaper than OmniFocus. (Ive still to get the iphone sync working though as their software is so new its still in Beta)

    Do u guys have any experience using similar work productivity software on the Mac, how u use it and how it helps you plan your iWork and iLife ??

    Joe of Tunecard
     
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    Things is using a new 'simpler' paradigm for me. It's quite good actually. Most of the time, users prefer to choose GTDs that matches their 'workflow'. So far I've only found OmniFocus and Things that is simple enough to use (I'm prefer Things for me though), and they both have sync capabilities for the Mac and the iPhone.

    Things Touch is now $25? I think I bought it few weeks ago for just $9.99 or something.
     
  3. Erred

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    I suggest that you use Things.

    Though I must admit that OmniFocus is a more mature program, Things presents a simpler way to do GTDs; it has a simpler interface, coupled with intuitive organization of your tasks (by tags, today, next, someday, etc.).

    OmniFocus, I must admit too, is a very nice app, but has a very steep learning curve for me (what about looking at all the demo videos to learn how to use the app efficiently).

    To sum it up, I suggest Things. ^^

    Or you can check out this site too:

    http://putthingsoff.com/osx-task-manager-showdown/

    ^^
     
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    For implementing GTD you might try out this web-based application:

    http://www.gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

    Hope you like it.
     
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    Contactizer Pro is good too.
    But Things is not yet released. I'm waiting for it too, It has a gorgeous interface, for me it's a bit overpriced for what it does. But I have signed up for a 20% discount. =)
     
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    Among the ones I've tried, Things and iGTD are the best.

    Things from CulturedCode is still in beta but is already better than iGTD. The free beta version will expire though and you'd have to pay for it after. If you'd prefer freeware, iGTD is the best out there.
     
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    Things. Plain and simple to use. Yet its a powerful tool if you know how to make good use of it.

    And I just love the sync-over-the-air feature. Now I have the same tasks on my iMac,Mbp and iPhone. Great!

    Note***

    Btw, Things for iPhone is only $9.99 and not $25. So that's a no brainer for me already. I'd get Things over OmniFocus.
     
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    But you can still use their pre release version. It's working without any glitch.

    And the Sync feature is already working. Even with the Beta version.
     

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