Poll: What's your favorite GTD/task/to-do list manager?

Poll: What's your favorite GTD/task/to-do list manager and why?

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:59 pm Post

Hi everyone,

New poll: what's your favorite GTD/task/to-do list manager and why?

Thanks for participating!

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:24 pm Post

Things, no question!

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:27 pm Post

A year ago it would have been OmniFocus and Taskpaper, but I am a multi-platform gal these days, and that means OmniFocus has a serious handicap. Six months ago Things and OmniFocus were my favourites, but again, Things only works on a Mac. Taskpaper works great because ultimately it is just a text file, and there are syntax enhancements, web applications, and even full alternative programs for interfacing with it on other platforms---not to mention just using a text editor.

One area in which TaskPaper is still weak is the so called tickler file. These are things which have to be done at a certain time, potentially on a cyclical basis. While you can easily create tags with dates in them, TaskPaper doesn't provide a really solid way to alert you of when these items become available and/or necessary to complete within the next 24 hours. So, for that I've been using GTD-PHP. It is a PHP web application which uses MySQL to store its data, which means I can put it on my web server, or run it locally just as easily (vital for my laptop which may not always have 'net access). Since it runs through a web browser, I can access my lists from anywhere, even a public library. I'd prefer, from a coding standpoint, to use Tracks, which is Ruby on Rails based, but I don't much care for the Tracks interface. GTD-PHP isn't as pretty, and feels a little more rough around the edges, but philosophically it makes more sense to me. So while I much prefer Ruby (Rails or no) to PHP, I still know my way around that language, and if I need to make any adjustments to the code it isn't too difficult to do.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:07 pm Post

Tinderbox. (Near) infinite flexibility allows me to customize it so that it is intuitive (for my warped brain).

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:12 pm Post

AsafKeller wrote:Tinderbox. (Near) infinite flexibility allows me to customize it so that it is intuitive (for my warped brain).

That was definitely my favourite two years ago and beyond, and even for a short while earlier this year. I became frustrated with some of OmniFocus' limitations and went back to using my old Tb system. The main problem I came across there is speed. Supposedly, Tinderbox runs just fine in Rosetta for most people, but for me on my MacBook, it was so slow, even on a completely new installation. So I wrote a quick Taskpaper export template in Tinderbox, ultimately giving TbGTD a second goodbye with a pretty good reason to not say goodbye, ha. And yes, now the multi-platform thing exists.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:21 pm Post

iGTD used to be my favorite; but it seems its development has come to an untimely end.

But there is another GTD-program which is rather similar to iGTD and which is lacking in the list: EasyTask Manager.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:03 pm Post

I have dabbled with several, but never got the hang of them. I keep Thinking Rock up-to-date, just in case I get the urge, but I never work with it for everyday use.

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:48 pm Post

Using Things since it was available under invitation and it never failed me... for me it's like going with the flow of my thoughts, so it's Things or nothing. :D
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:48 am Post

The poll misses the one I've been using for several months now: Circus Ponies NoteBook. I find it the most flexible and customizable among all of them, and the only one remaining with a 'flat' view, so more compliant with Allen's idea of breaking everything into single small actions, clearing-up the mind from the context.

It is managing my (too many) tasks very well. I only miss an integration with Merlin (or similar planners), and a way to let me see how to work less, earn more, write better.


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Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:14 pm Post

I'm pleased Things is popular; it deserves to be. It's great for all the non-writing stuff.

Here's something for the writing stuff that's been described here before. It isn't a software task manager but is a system for writers: http://www.antonyjohnston.com/gtw/ , devised by antony of this parish. Highly recommended, especially if you have a number of large projects on the go.

And here's something if you want the full-on David Allen GTD experience, utilising your computer's file system including a true tickler file - quite complicated, but neatly done and with some nice icons: http://homepage.mac.com/toddvasquez/Ready-Set-Do!/Personal93.html.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:27 pm Post

Before answering this question, I need to frankly state that I rarely use a task manager or to-do list. My own work style just doesn't seem to mesh with a rigid system, which I basically find tedious and uninspiring. However, I do sometimes like to sketch out an action plan for a project. Curio is excellent for this process, and it now has incorporated many task management tools. Like Notebook, Curio is a multi-purpose application.