A long time ago I wrote a blog post about how I was progressing with my GTD (Getting Things Done) system. I thought I would circle back to see how things have progressed.
I still don’t follow the GTD method that is laid out by David Allen. I just couldn’t get it to work right. I also found I was just making more time for me to do more work. Not what I want to do really.
For one thing, I gave up on OneNote. For me it is just to unwieldy. I also now have an iphone and there is no OneNote client for the iphone. Also, I could never get the OneNote mobile client to work the way I wanted it to when I had a windows based smartphone. I do like the Evernote application. It is a really nice desktop and iphone application that can do many things and does them well. I use evernote to type up my notes and take pictures of things I want to remember like business cards and things like that. It is easy to search for my information which is a key requisite in my system.
I also use the “Remember The Milk” (RTM) application. It is a web based application. It also has a really nice iphone application (paid version only). I started to use the RTM application because I started to work somewhere where I didn’t have full control of my Outlook tasks and couldn’t sync to my iphone. I use RTM to set up reminders and to remember things I might have to do for work or need to be done around the house. I can be alerted via several methods whether it is an SMS text, email, or even by twitter.
I have started using a moleskine cahier as my catch all “to do list”. I take a cahier with me everywhere. I don’t always carry my iphone with me wherever I go (I know blasphemy!). I still haven’t gotten used to typing on the iphone and can write faster in the cahier. I protect it with a leather cover from Renaissance Art. The cahier has a very flimsy cover and while that makes it easier to carry in your pocket, it will tend to fall apart without this protection.
I have a large moleskine notebook that I use to take notes in. I keep the notebook in a Rickshaw folio. I like this folio a lot. It holds a few of my pens and pencils and some other odds and ends and isn’t too big.
I also keep a journal. It is an Oberon Design Lotus Icon journal. This is starting to go with me everywhere. I might do a post later about this journal in more length.
All in all this system works for me. Yes, there are a lot of “inboxes”, but it allows me to be flexible. I have successfully dealt with the “What should I use, digital or analog for my GTD system?” by using both ;-). I might have a few minor tweaks like using the new extra small moleskine volant’s instead of the larger cahiers for my catch all notes.