Getting Things Done: An Update

I have long been a fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ (GTD) [affiliate link] . If you are serious about increasing your productivity, this is the one book you must read. His methodology is the most effective I have seen.Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Filmwork, Image #2680384

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I have written extensively on my implementation of David’s system. Here is a sampling of previous posts:

As a result of these articles, GTD users often email me, asking about the technology I am currently using. I have used several over the past several years. For the past three years, I have used Microsoft Entourage. David’s company, The David Allen Company, has a wonderful white paper on how to use GTD with Entourage. (They also have one for Microsoft Outlook.)

Unfortunately, Entourage tasks do not sync with the iPhone. So, last month, I switched to OmniFocus. It has a Mac desktop version and an iPhone version. They sync with each other, so that whatever I do on one platform is reflected on the other.

OmniFocus is not the easiest or most intuitive program. (If you want something a little easier, check out Things.) However, the program is extremely flexible. It can also be controlled by AppleScript, which is essential for me. I have a script, for example, that automatically converts an Entourage email into an OmniFocus task.

All in all, I am very pleased with OmniFocus. If you are serious about implementing GTD and are on a Mac platform, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Question: If you are a GTD fan, what system are you using?

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