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    I'm completely confused about how to choose the best GTD software. I tried using an gtd outlook add-in but some of the lists didn't sync with my blackberry so I'm thinking about starting from scratch and buying an iphone. Problem is, I still want to use outlook for my email. So...that means I need a GTD software program that's compatible with windows but designed for the iphone. To confuse you even more, I may even consider getting rid of outlook if another email manager is integrated with the GTD software that you recommend. Thanks for your help!

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    Two different things.

    Originally posted by FactoringWizard View Post
    I'm completely confused about how to choose the best GTD software. I tried using an gtd outlook add-in but some of the lists didn't sync with my blackberry so I'm thinking about starting from scratch and buying an iphone.
    I think you want to implement GTD and you want to buy an iPhone. These are two different things (although they can support each other). You don't need an iPhone to implement GTD and you don't need GTD to have an iPhone.

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    • #3
      re: GTD Software Advice

      What is the successful outcome vision?

      What are the necessary steps that contribute toward that outcome?

      What is the very next physical action you can take to move toward this outcome?

      If you are just getting started with GTD I would recommend looking at your tool-choice less in terms of which tool is the best and more in terms of which tool is the best coach for helping you learn the habits. Paper is as good a tool as any; and the truth is that most veteran GTDers migrate through various tools over time -- sometimes because the tool is no longer supported, costs too much, or just simply because they need a change. So just go into your tool-choice knowing that you are likely to migrate. Perhaps that will make the initial tool-choice a bit easier.

      Also really think through those above questions. Your true outcome vision may be peace of mind in trusting your tools than it is finding something that fits X, Y, and Z together and syncs them perfectly. There is a big difference between those two outcomes and a lot of difference in how your time is spent in pursuit of each one; so tread carefully and good luck.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by FactoringWizard View Post
        I'm completely confused about how to choose the best GTD software.
        Why not practice GTD first and as a project add in determine best GTD implementation for me?

        You don't need any particular SW or device to do GTD, you need to change how you think and your habits. Most people go through several iterations of tools used but the methodology stays the same.

        I started out in paper, rapidly migrated to LifeBalance, went back to paper for a bit when LB failed me during a particularly stressful time and now am on Omnifocus.

        My tools change but the system and methods do not.

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        • #5
          You've asked the timeless question

          to which we give the timeless answer in this podcast:

          The Perfect List Manager - Part I
          The Perfect List Manager - Part II

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          • #6
            Thanks to all of you for your helpful replies.

            I guess it won't hurt to start the old fashioned way and progress into a handheld. Oogiem, do you use Omnifocus on your iphone and your mac or do you have a PC? Did you consider using "Things."

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            • #7
              And thanks, Kelly for posting the podcasts. They were very helpful.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FactoringWizard View Post
                I guess it won't hurt to start the old fashioned way and progress into a handheld. Oogiem, do you use Omnifocus on your iphone and your mac or do you have a PC? Did you consider using "Things."
                I use OmniFocus on my mac, sync to iCal and then to a Treo 755p with missing sync for my handlheld. There is no ATT phone service here, Sprint is best and I depend on my cell phone, no wire line here either. Even our internet is wireless

                I didn't really look at Things beyond a cursory check. Seemed less intuitive to me.

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                • #9
                  Isn't it a pain to togle back and forth between Omnifocus and icalendar? Why wouldn't Omnifocus have an integrated calendar so you wouldn't have to use icalendar?

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                  • #10
                    Maybe what you're saying is that becuase you use a Treo instead of an iphone, you have to sink with icalendar first?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FactoringWizard View Post
                      Isn't it a pain to togle back and forth between Omnifocus and icalendar? Why wouldn't Omnifocus have an integrated calendar so you wouldn't have to use icalendar?
                      No it's not. The only things that really go on the calendar are hard appointments iCal also has a to do list and that is synced from omnifocus.

                      Omnifocus didn't want to try to build in a calendar because there are several calendar options available and they didn't want to tie you into one. Plus calendars in the GTD system are separate from your next action lists.

                      The Palm OS Treo has a built in calendar and to do function and the conduit to get stuff into it is via iCal.

                      And yes, if I had an iPhone I'd run Omnifocus directly on the iPhone and my next action lists would be in there. My calendar would still be totally separate.

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