Gtdagenda launches their Android app

March 10th, 2010

I’m becoming more and more confident that my next phone will be an Android device.  The ties to Google are excellent for me, and the apps are finally reaching the point of being pretty good.  The Apple app store still rules, but Android is catching up quickly.

Today saw the release of a very nice Android app — Gtdagenda. I don’t have an Android device yet, so I’m not able to test it out, but it looks to be a pretty solid program.

Below is a collection of screenshots from the app, and you can learn more about it on the Gtdagenda for Android page.  If you have an Android phone and can try the app, give it a shot and leave us a comment to tell everyone what you think of it.

Trying to find the perfect GTD system

January 19th, 2010

As most of you know, I’ve been using Nozbe for a while now and I’m fairly satisfied with it.  However, it has a growing list of issues that are starting to bother me — horrible waste of space on the page, a very buggy iPhone app, and tasks that occasionally move from one project to another without warning.  It’s the last one that bothers me the most, as it’s causing me to lose a bit of trust in the system.

At this point, I’m sticking with them.  Their support staff has assured me it’s an isolated incident and that a new iPhone app is coming “soon”.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, I figured it was time to re-investigate my options.  I have a short but specific list of things I need in a GTD system for myself: web based, iphone accessible, project based, overview screen, recurring events and sharing.

On my personal blog, I’ve reviewed 32 different systems and I’ve come up empty.  None can do what I want, other than Nozbe.  A few are close, but they’re not there yet.

Is it a lost cause?  Check out the list of applications and let me know if I’m missing any.  I’m hoping “the one” is still out there and I just haven’t seen it yet…

Using GTD to survive the holidays

December 1st, 2009

GTD Times has a nice article today about tips to survive the holidays using GTD.  This time of year gets very hectic for many people, and staying on top of your GTD system can help quite a bit.

Their tips include:

Staying on top of your calendar — How best to deal with various party invitations, keeping your calendar blocked out for shopping and remembering to plan for prep time if you’re hosting a party.

Use your tickler file — You’ll have lots of date specific items coming your way; events, invitations, coupons, etc.

Simplify shopping — They suggest using a shared Google Doc to manage your shopping lists.  My wife and I use Google Wave for that, though in this case it works pretty much the same.  Good tip.

Weekly reviews — They’re always important, but this time of year they’re essential.  Don’t skip them!

All in all, it’s a great article.  Check it out, and then let us know of other tips you have for managing your life this time of year.

GTD using Google Wave?

October 9th, 2009

As you probably have heard, Google Wave released to a much larger (but still invite-only) audience last week.  I’ve been playing with it for a few months now, as I was fortunate enough to get invited to the developer preview earlier in the year.  It’s got a ton of potential for collaboration, and will probably get extended to other uses far beyond Google’s original goal.

My question: could GTD be one of those uses?  If so, how would it work?

Offhand, I’m not sure how it would go.  However, with tagging, searching, sharing, and maybe a “to-do” list type gadget for it, it might work.  Any ideas?  Does this have potential to become a great GTD tool, or is GTD better left to the “normal” task management solutions out there?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Another small Gmail bonus: Hide Read Labels

September 25th, 2009

Gmail Labs has some of the coolest stuff.  I try to keep it as clean as possible (Inbox Zero!) and I’ve shown you other small time-savers from Gmail Labs, like “Send & Archive“.  This is along those lines.

Recently, Google made it where you could hide labels (if you’re not familiar with Gmail, labels are similar to folders) from the sidebar on an individual basis.  I took that opportunity to hide most of mine and keep them out of the way.  Now they’ve added a tool in Labs to let you hide any that don’t have unread items in them.  This keeps them all out of the way for me, unless something drops in to one of them.  Most of the time, those e-mails would go in my inbox too, but I have a few mailing lists and such that I have go straight to a label.  This will alert me when those arrive.

This is certainly not as cool as “Send & Archive” (which I still love), but it’s a nice tweak nonetheless.

The little things count too; Nozbe adds automatic scrolling when switching projects

September 4th, 2009

I’ve written before about how small things can make a big difference: Getting rid of your email folders in Outlook, Using “Send & Archive” in Gmail, and things like that.  This is another example of that — it’ll only save you a couple of seconds, but it’ll save you those few seconds often, and it adds up to decent savings.

The project list in Nozbe can get a bit long for some of us, especially in Nozbe 2.0.  I’m waiting for them to compress the size of it a little bit more.  In the meantime, this will help.  I often have to scroll down pretty far to find a specific project.  When I click on it, the project data would load in the center panel, but then I’d have to scroll all the way back up to the top to see it.  Now, when you choose a project on the left, the view automatically scrolls back up to the top.  Like I said, it’s a very small change, but very useful.

If you’re still confused about what I mean, check out the video below or read the full post on the Nozbe blog.

How I use Dropbox to get things done.

August 23rd, 2009

I’ve found Dropbox to be a huge timesaver, and it’s an essential part of my GTD system.  Watch this short screencast to see how I use it to Get Things Done:

A real cost saver due to GTD — fewer administrative needs

August 23rd, 2009

Late last year, I was considering getting an administrative assistant for myself.  I simply had too much to do — to many e-mails, too many tasks.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hire a local person to help, or just use a virtual assistant.  During that internal debate, I was also trying to get more organized.  As you can see in my initial post on this blog, I dove into GTD and started using Nozbe to manage it.

The result? I have no need for an administrative person of any kind.  By keeping my email inbox at zero and my task list up to date, I can easily find the information I need and get to work.  Having another person in the mix would only serve to complicate things.

I’m sure there are many jobs that require an assistant of some kind.  Anyone that deals with a large volume of incoming calls and meetings would do well to have someone sift that information for them and keep their schedule up to date.  However, I’m finding that simply dealing with email and tasks is best managed by myself.

It’s hard to calculate the exact savings, but let’s go with this: $10/hour, 20 hours/week = $200/week or about $800/month. That’s some nice savings!  Factor in the small costs to get GTD in place (buy the book, get a filing cabinet, perhaps pay a little bit for some software), and you’re still saving a ton of money.  Not bad.

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August 21st, 2009

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Nozbe 2.0 finally released

August 13th, 2009

nozbe20-loggedAfter months of waiting (and being teased with a partially-finished beta a few months ago), Nozbe 2.0 has finally been released.

I’ve intentionally waited a few days to talk about it, because I wasn’t sure how I felt.  My initial reaction was pretty disappointed. While it looked much better than previous versions, it had some substantial problems.  Here are the comments I left for their developer:

1 — No filtering on Next Actions. Why?
2 — Next actions don’t show which project they’re from until you click on each one. MUCH harder to scan through them.
3 — The list of projects still take up WAY too much space in the sidebar. Granted, I have a lot of projects (53), but it’s pretty bad. On Nozbe Classic, the bottom of my last project in the list is 1490 pixels down the page. In Nozbe 2.0, the last project is 2053 pixels down the page — a 500+ pixel increase!

I was feeling kind of bad for them at this point.  While they were very legit concerns, the blog comments were full of things like that.  We were all appreciative to the team for getting it launched, but it appeared it was in big trouble.

In fact, I even started looking around again for an alternative to Nozbe.  The two that came the closest were Vitalist and Toodledo,  but they couldn’t measure up to Nozbe even with some of the broken features.  Nirvana HQ is looking pretty slick, but it’s a closed beta and I haven’t been able to get access to it yet.

However, the very next day Nozbe posted an update that addressed every concern.  Point by point, they answered each question and explained how they’d fix it (or why they wouldn’t/couldn’t).  They even fixed item #2 from my list above right away!  There are still some issues, but they’re getting resolved quickly.  On top of that, the new features (like “notes on tasks”) are very useful.

As it stands now, I consider Nozbe 2.0 the best GTD app out there. I’ve long felt that Nozbe has been the best, and with the recent bug fixes to 2.0 they’ve kept the crown.  Hopefully Michael and his team can knock out some of the other small bugs and feature requests in the next week or two and they’ll have a pretty awesome product.