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  • Syncing action lists in Project view to PALM

    I am very happy working with Outlook 2003 and syncing to my Palm Tungsten3 (have had it for years and it still works a dream), but the one thing that doesn't work is getting a list of all actions under the Projects category view in the Palm. Also my Palm is limited to 15 categories.

    Does anyone know if it is possble to do something with this problem? I find that I often review my projects when out and about, and would really like to address actions in a Project View.

    Perhaps I'm running programs that are too old? Will updating to Windows 2007help? Will the GDT Add In continue to work if I update?

    I am very pleased how things are working out now and am scared stiff of losing information and the system I have established. I have also put a number of hours into this and am trying to avoid putting more. Any input?

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    How many categories do you have on your palm? If you ahve more than 15, then you will not be able to sync all categories in Outlook to your palm.

    Some users have had great experience with Key Suite, however it uses it's own database, so it does not sync well with the built in palm apps.

    I only use 8 categories in outlook and my palm:
    @Work
    @Home
    @PC
    @WF (waiting for)
    @Errands
    @Calls
    Someday
    Tickler

    I use datebk6 to set up a view with each category, based on where I am

    I use memoleaf as my project keeper and reference/list holder

    NA's go to the @categories, others are used for holders in memoleaf

    Weekly review - go through each view in datebk6, look at the projects, someday and ticker buckets in memoleaf

    Good thing is I can do weekly review in Outlookk or the Palm if out of the office.

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    • #3
      15 categories

      Thanks for your reply - I find I manage quite well with the 15 category limit - but the main problem is the view under the projects list. In outlook the the Projects View lists all the different types of actions which are applicable to that particular project, as an example:

      Project - moving office
      get boxes @errands
      organize movers @calls
      meeting with staff about moving @agendas

      However in my Palm this list will not appear under the Project kategori. The project list will only show all my different projects - but no actions!

      Has anyone found a work-around for this?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kari Anne View Post
        In outlook the the Projects View lists all the different types of actions which are applicable to that particular project, as an example:

        Project - moving office
        get boxes @errands
        organize movers @calls
        meeting with staff about moving @agendas

        However in my Palm this list will not appear under the Project kategori. The project list will only show all my different projects - but no actions!

        Has anyone found a work-around for this?
        The short answer is no, there is no robust solution that everyone would say works "good enough." There are sort-of and almost solutions. The simplest is to put a project name or code in every NA and use search. This requires extra discipline on your part. There are other methods using additional software (Keysuite, Agendus,...) but they all require changes to your workflow, additional cost, and are not foolproof. There is really no particular technical challenge to adding a ubiquitous project field, but that hasn't happened.

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        • #5
          Hmm - suspected as much. In that case - what would be the next choice (handheld or mobile og maybe Palm's life drive?) as a handheld which would cope with this aspect? How do others handle projects when out and about? It is often in flight or on the tram that I have time to work through projects and do reviews.

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          • #6
            Palm is still pretty but dying.

            I think that Palm is at the end of its PDA journey (no new models, no software upgrades).

            Palm is still pretty but dying.

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            • #7
              The newest version of PlanPlus for Outlook puts views on your Palm (or mobile PC device) that allow you to access tasks by Project. My Palm is a pretty old one and it can take a while to sort the database but it gives the same hierarchical listing of actions and sub-actions and sub- sub-actions that appear in my desktop Outlook.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kari Anne View Post
                Hmm - suspected as much. In that case - what would be the next choice (handheld or mobile og maybe Palm's life drive?) as a handheld which would cope with this aspect?
                You can by additional software. There exist some packages that work on the Palm as well as on the Desktop. What about the Nokia 800 device? It works well for some relatives. Or what about a full flesged laptop?
                Originally posted by Kari Anne View Post
                How do others handle projects when out and about? It is often in flight or on the tram that I have time to work through projects and do reviews.
                Paper. I print out my projects list and the hard landscape for the upcoming period. A notebook to scribble down my thoughts.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mcogilvie View Post
                  There are other methods using additional software (Keysuite, Agendus,...)
                  Just adding to mcogilvie's comment.

                  You can try Life Balance which works well on the Palm and can manage actions and projects. It's a hierarchical outliner so you can have actions as "children" of projects, and you can try it for free.

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                  • #10
                    Wow - thanks!

                    Thank you all for your constructive responses - I will check some of them out and see which works best - if any. I will report back in time!

                    After thought - all the suggestions above - do they combine with the GDT add-in I use with Outlook?
                    Last edited by Kari Anne; 02-21-2007, 11:51 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kari Anne View Post
                      Thank you all for your constructive responses - I will check some of them out and see which works best - if any. I will report back in time!

                      After thought - all the suggestions above - do they combine with the GDT add-in I use with Outlook?
                      I know that Life Balance on the Palm does sync with Outlook on the desktop but I'm not sure how well it works and if the Projects in the Add-in pass over. In Life Balance there are no notes or email so no syncing for those of course.

                      Life Balance is quite a simple elegant tool and does have a desktop version but it sound like you are very wedded to Outlook (like me!)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kari Anne View Post
                        After thought - all the suggestions above - do they combine with the GDT add-in I use with Outlook?
                        I'm using both PlanPlus and the GTD Add-In with Outlook with no apparent problems. I find that the two compliment each other.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Smithdoug! I have just checked out the PlanPlus site and am considering this solution. Could you conirm that the tasks connected with each project are viewable on your handheld? Do you think it would matter if the PlanPlus program is installed after the GDTaddin? Ihave used quite a few hours getting things organizedso far and would hate to have to redo everything. I appreciate that you cannot guarantee anything - but certainly would like to get your advice. I us the Chapura Pocket Mirror programto syncwith the Palm.

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                          • #14
                            They will sync, but probably not with Chapura

                            Sorry for not responding earlier, Kari Anne. Yes, I can open a Projects window on my Palm that fairly accurately mirrors the tree-like listing of tasks and sub-tasks in the Project screen of my desktop. But I doubt if this can be done with Chapura. I presume that both PlanPlus and the GTD Add-in must place a meta-tag in a task to indicate that it belongs to a particular project. A third-party synching application would be unlikely to recognize those tags. I've always used the synching tool that comes bundled with PlanPlus (they have tools for both Palm and Windows Mobile). It adds a few screens to the Palm and I generally like those better than the native Palm ones. One caveat: After you've done a synchronization, it will take a little while for the Palm to sort the PlanPlus database the first time you try to access one of those screens, but this is a one-time sort and only after you've done a synchronization. Once it's done, all of the screens seem to appear without delay. As long as you're aware of this and plan for it--and perhaps let the Palm do the sorting before you really need to use it--you should be fine. And this applies only to the special PlanPlus screens.

                            Furthermore, PlanPlus and the GTD Add-in will not recognize each other's project tags. There are ways to work around this, and I haven't found it to be a big issue for me. Finally, I doubt if it makes any difference which add-in you install first. They seem to coexist without interference.

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