David Allen on the new frontier of computers

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by GTD Times Staff

How much more creative could you have been in the last 24 hours? Are your tools working as catalysts for your creative

thinking? Hear David Allen’s perspective on computers helping us think and why eProductivity for Lotus Notes is forging a new frontier.


10 Responses to “David Allen on the new frontier of computers”

  1. Kelly says:

    I promise you it wasn’t intentional that DA looks like he’s preaching here! Just the way the video still froze.

  2. Chris says:

    Hey Kelly- interesting vid! Presumably lots of GTD staff were big-time Outlook users but all or most now use eP. What are the 2-3 killer features that represent a quantum leap for those switchers?


  3. Hi Chris,

    1. Linking Projects to Next Actions
    2. Special email toolbar for processing email (e.g. create a Waiting For in To Do’s when you send an email–my favorite)
    3. A built-in Weekly Review Coach

    We’ve never been big time Outlook users. We’ve always been a Lotus Notes shop. We have a few staff that use Outlook personally (and OmniFocus, paper planners, some Linux tools too), but Lotus Notes is the standard for most.

  4. Scott says:

    I honestly don’t know anyone that uses Lotus Notes because they want to. Only for legacy databases.

  5. Kelly says:

    I honestly don’t know anyone that uses Lotus Notes because they want to. Only for legacy databases.

    I do–David Allen. If you took eProductivity and Lotus Notes away from him he would not be a happy guy!

  6. Photon says:

    @Kelly: By the way, you can change the thumbnail of the video in YouTube’s video settings. First, visit the video’s URL. Then just click “Edit Video” on the top, scroll down a little bit and you’ll find “Video Thumbnail” tab. :)

    I wonder what would David Allen think of http://www.smartytask.com/ and how they implemented GTD. Though, its a webapp.

  7. Kelly says:

    Thanks! I’ll see if ICA (who posted this video to YouTube) can change that thumbnail. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Davey Moyers says:

    What I most interesting about this commentary by David is the concept of “freeing up” time for more productive pursuits through using the correct technology.
    My problem with implementing any e-productive tech platform has been immersion. Finding the best way to implement the technology into a productive workflow, creating a “better practice” on how best to utilize the platform to its potential.
    Any change creates a push-back tension. The question becomes, “do I have the discipline to stick with this platform and determine whether or not it will produce the desired results based on my workflow scenarios?”

  9. Greg says:

    Hi David,
    I know the tool! The tool that can really help to arrange any stuff. For the last few years I was looking for the right methodology for it, and when few weeks ago I ran into GTD I said WOW! I am sure that GTD is exactly what I was looking for, and I will setup it soon for use according to GTD.

    The tool name is Atlassian JIRA, the issue tracking tool that is designed by IT people for themselves, in order to arrange huge numbers of projects and task and to collaborate on them. It is widely used in high-end IT developments, but the possibilities of the system go far beyond mere IT bug tracker, and it can be used to arrange almost any types of issues.

    I will also drop in my blog few examples of GTD for JIRA in couple of days, and I am looking forward to hear the opinions of GTD community.

  10. Ok, thumbnail on the video has been changed. Now David looks more thoughtful, and not so much like he’s preaching. :)

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