I’ve mentioned David Allen’s Getting Things Done in the past. It’s a great introduction to one man’s system for organising work. David Allen is a highly esteemed productivity consultant and GTD was written in the prime of his worklife.
When starting to come to grips with running a company of five instead of two, the book was a good starting point for redoing my systems.
Personally I think GTD a little bit of overkill. I’m not sure one can function as tightly roped down as Allen wants one to be. It kind of fits the Polo shirt and place in the suburbs and on the golf course middle manager but I’m not sure it would do for Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci.
For those who are into GTD and on Mac OS X, a Polish programmer has put out a lovely Cocoa version for free called iGTD.
You are a busy person, aren’t you? And there’s an easy way to track all things that have to be done… and to get those things done! iGTD takes some concepts from Getting Things Done methodology and makes them easy to understand and use in your every day life.
It’s a gorgeous application. Simple icons, standard OS interface widgets.
Other pluses. Feature: iGTD uses the existing databases for iCal and Address Book. Benefit: No duplicate data entry – finally an application designer figured that one out. Feature: Linking to documents in the Finder. Benefit: No hunting for the missing file when you need to get to work. Feature: Instant Task Search. Benefit: Easy to find your task notes quickly if you are on the phone and have to look something up (although GTD rules out the telephone most of the time!).
Still I’m not going to try to move into iGTD myself. At least not now. I don’t find time spent overorganising brings commensurate dividends (oh if I could have the months of my life back spent playing around with a PDA (Palm) before 3 years later moving back to a simple black book).
But if you are in the mood for reorganising from the ground up, iGTD would be a good place to start.
I’d love to hear from anyone who has put the full organisation into iGTD about database reliability under stress and whether iGTD brings a productivity boost over the long run.