Last count, there were something like 60+ software programs based on GTD. Add another several hundred, if not thousand, web sites chewing over GTD and all the options for implementation. With so many choices, it can become overwhelming to build the “perfect” GTD system. And, you’ll never hear David Allen say one product/tool/list manager is the only way to do GTD. Wouldn’t that be nice actually? It would simplify things for all of us! Choosing your system comes down to your personal preference and some people find themselves faced with the paradox of choice.
I know, I know – we’ve been blogging so many GTD apps lately that you probably needed to create a new task list just to look through them and make a decision. iGTD, however, packs one heckuva punch, so I thought it would be worth mentioning.
Now back to my GTD adventure. It’s been nine months since I started and I must admit GTD changed my life. It made me to do two thing first I made me “busy” and second helped me think.
NetCentrics has a great plugin that works for me. The only problem is that I’m still stumbling with GTD and can’t seem to find time or space to do my weekly reviews lately. I’m all plugged in and ready to go with the Outlook, it’s just getting used to the new features [thank you for the Project Manager features for adding items to projects!,] learning about the old, and dealing with the amount of paper that is generated.
This weekend, Vitalist added more functionality to their service. They added the ability to create subprojects, make contexts as tags, quick add/edit and even added priorities. The improvements are great in that they add some elbow room in using the system. They did, however, get something wrong that is important to people who adhere to the GTD system. They removed the ability to sort by context and by project. That’s like having a Corvette with a lawnmower engine. They took out the heart of the GTD system and put in Priorities.
The vertical map, otherwise known as the horizons of focus, is a key element of GTD yet it is very often neglected, probably because the GTD book does not go into any great detail about it. As such, much of it is open to interpretation and you will find people using it in different ways. Below I’ve tried to condense some of these interpretations with my own personal thoughts on the matter to hopefully give you all a more clear idea of how it can be used.
If you find the GTD system to be too confusing, time consuming, etc. give WSD a try. WSD is a simpler form of staying organized which is based on making sure you have a writing utensil and note card on you at all times.
JourneyPage helps you get a jump start on some of your larger goals by creating visibility and accountability. JourneyPage lets you create a web page dedicated to your goal(s) and even add a project champion.
Vitalist is an online list manager that subscribes to the GTD methodology.
But, Michael…they all do, what makes Vitalist different?
I am glad that you asked. Vitalist is different than many other applications in this space right now. I think that it is one of the best implementation that is available right now. It is not perfect, but it is jam packed with features with (at least) 4 more on the way.