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  • iPad as a gtd tool

    So I am wanting to get an iPad 2 and looking for reasons to justify getting one haha

    It would be a great tool for my legal research for my phd and thinking that it would great gtd tool - for omnifocus, a diary / day planner etc.

    Any one use one and have any thoughts ?

  • #2
    Just do it!

    Originally posted by macgrl View Post
    So I am wanting to get an iPad 2 and looking for reasons to justify getting one haha

    It would be a great tool for my legal research for my phd and thinking that it would great gtd tool - for omnifocus, a diary / day planner etc.

    Any one use one and have any thoughts ?
    I was completely a PC woman--but now my entire GTD system is Omnifocus on the iPad. I just love it! I also use Evernote for just about all of my notes and the time-saving apps out there alone are justification enough. Don't hesitate! It is SO MUCH cooler and more useful than I ever would have dreamed it would be.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply! Very much appreciated

      Are there any good aps you can recommend. I was thinking that I would want to get a stylus and handwritting app for taking notes in meetings and classes - easier than using the screen keyboard I think? Any such apps that are any good?

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      • #4
        Apps

        There are apps for any and everything you might want to do! It would quite literally take me an hour to tell you about all the apps I use and what they do--I'm sorry, but I just don't have that much time today. But I'd recommend you go online and check out the Apple apps store and spend a couple of hours looking at everything--you'll be like a kid in a candy store!

        If you're a serious note taker, you may be frustrated by the apps that take handwritten notes. For those occasions when I'm really taking a lot of notes, I bring along the external keyboard (I type like the wind) and do it that way. For light note taking, either the on screen keyboard or a handwriting app will be fine.

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        • #5
          Thanks so much! I will have a good hunt through the app store. I have a MBA if I am going to take lots of notes. I just need to take small notes in meetings etc and also read docs of it and of course omnifocus and any other nice apps I can find haha

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          • #6
            Thanks Barb

            Originally posted by Barb View Post
            I was completely a PC woman--but now my entire GTD system is Omnifocus on the iPad. I just love it! I also use Evernote for just about all of my notes and the time-saving apps out there alone are justification enough. Don't hesitate! It is SO MUCH cooler and more useful than I ever would have dreamed it would be.
            How effective would Omnifocus be on iPad ONLY if I've never used Omnifocus?

            I primarily use the following for GTD
            -MS Outlook (used constantly through work and personal)..
            -Evernote
            -Dragon speech recognition (windows desktop)
            -iPhone/iPad/Laptop/work desktop/home desktop

            I don't see Outlook going away as my work uses it. I do use it personally as am an owner of the business.


            Please see link to separate thread about iOS and reminders:

            http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthr...5-reminder-app


            BTW, I listen to every single GTD podcast, and appreciate your contributions there! Have not had time to join GTD connect so have not been on the live calls.

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            • #7
              Everyone's different

              TJ,

              I still use Outlook for email and I still use the Outlook calendar. But on my desk sits my trusty iPad with Omnifocus at my fingertips. So if I need to refer to my task lists, I just swivel my chair and look at the iPad. If you're someone that is constantly turning an email into a task, you may not love OF on the iPad so much. But you might just do a 30-day free trial, play with it, and see what all the fuss is about.

              One very cool feature: If you have a task and you need to print it out or send it to someone else (along with all the notes), you can email it from OF. For instance, I had a long list of things to buy at a store yesterday and all those things were in the notes field. I emailed it, printed it from my pc, and off I went. Sometimes I send my husband a list of stuff to pick up on the way home too (much better, right?)

              If I were rich and had a huge amount of space in my office, I'd buy a Mac to go along with my PC just because of OF! But I'll never switch over to a Mac completely because of the investment I have in PC software and the learning curve to go "all Mac". If the OF people ever develop a product that works on PC's, LOOK OUT!

              P.S. Thanks for the kind words about the podcasts. It's a great group of people and a lot of fun to participate--I just wish I could be on every call, like the old days. As for GTD Connect, I can't say enough about it! I think I've been a member for about 5 years now and I learn something new every week. Best money I have ever spent (I own my own business too, by the way).

              Hope this helps. I'm happy to answer any other questions you have. I don't often look at the public forums and could miss something. Feel free to shoot me an email privately.

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              • #8
                Wunderlist is very nice for GTD

                I use Wunderlist for GTD b/c it is simple and easy to use.

                OmniFocus is good too but expensive and without freemium model.

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                • #9
                  Yes, the iPad is great for OmniFocus -- and for reading PDF files (iBooks)

                  I echo Barb's enthusiasm for the OmniFocus app and the iPad in general. iBooks makes a very nice reader, and I also use it to read PDF files that I "print" from various sources on my computer. I would probably use the iPad more, except my laptop is a very lightweight MacAir, and I usually don't want or need the extra weight of the (older version) iPad. Despite that, I never regretted the investment.

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                  • #10
                    I use omnifocus on iPad too and it's the best gtd app I've ever used. Also iThoughtsHD is another great app even though not necessarily for gtd, it is a mind mapping app, but it's great for project support and planning

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                    • #11
                      It does very well

                      Im not sure whether I have anything to add other than piling on to say the iPad is an excellent tool for GTD. the hardest part may be finding and deciding what the best apps are for your needs. Like most people my employer is standardized on Outlook. So moving information and tasks from outlook to your GTD app on the iPad is not seamless or automatic. I don't find that to be a problem. I have to actually process actions
                      I definitely am able to do GTD done better having the iPad.

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                      • #12
                        How do you back up your GTD on IPAD?

                        Last I checked, there was no usb port or way to hook up to an external hard drive. I recall there was talk about a cloud back upbut not sure where that went or if people would be comfortable from a privacy viewpoint. Second only to laptops, thieves love ipads and then there is the issue of inevitable electronic or mechanical malfunctions. Can you print something from a iPad if you need a hard list? Mac store people do not know the answers to these questions and take over six weeks to repair a laptop. so while I am sure I could find a great GTD ap for iPad, just not sure it is great idea. Please tell me I am just plain misinformed!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jamie Elis View Post
                          Can you print something from a iPad if you need a hard list? .... Please tell me I am just plain misinformed!
                          You sync the iPad with your computer using iTunes. That makes your backup.

                          Printing varies by printer model and make but is usually over wifi. Some will support printing over the 3G network.

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                          • #14
                            "How do you back up your GTD on IPAD?"

                            Use cloud services for stuff generated on ipad, eg
                            Omnifocus syncs data in the cloud
                            Evernote syncs in the cloud
                            IthoughtsHD integrates with dropbox

                            So all stuff generated and kept on ipad is synced with the cloud and with desktop. I also back up everything additionally with crashplan service. So for example if my ipad gets stolen and my home burns down so I lose all my desktop computers AND Evernote and dropbox and all cloud based services also go down - I would still NOT loose anything! Also it's all completely automated, there is no effort required to maintain this.

                            Btw ipad also backs itself up with iCloud but I dont rely on it, though it is still a very convenient additional backup
                            Last edited by supergtdman; 11-07-2011, 02:08 PM.

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                            • #15
                              The Apple Wireless Keyboard makes entering information into OmniFocus faster and easier on the iPad.

                              We use Outlook at work, but I use it only for work e-mail. All GTD stuff is done in OF.

                              Synching OF with iCloud (to three devices) works just fine. If terrorists want to hack into the Apple cloud servers and steal my "to do" lists and take care of the tasks for me, they are welcome to do so. I never have sensistive numbers or information in e-mails or OF entries.

                              I use iCal for calender stuff, also synched in iCloud. I have multiple layers, all color coded:

                              - Work
                              - Personal
                              - Spouse
                              - Child 1
                              - Child 2
                              - Church
                              - Girl Scouts

                              Contacts are also synch'd through iCloud.

                              I have been experimenting with DevonThink PRO on my MacBook Air and Mac Pro and DevonThink to Go on my iPad, as an alternative to Evernote.

                              I also subscribe to the Apple Joint Venture business class support program.

                              rdgeorge

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