Thank you for taking the time to check us out! GTD Reviews is a website created by GTDers for GTDers. It’s a pretty cool story how this came to be, and I hope the result is a resource that enhances your productivity and lifestyle.
Here’s a quick snapshot of how we got started. It may help out to view a brief bio of the founder, Evan before reading further.
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In 2009, I (Evan) ran across the term GTD in a post on Lifehacker.com related to personal productivity and work-flow management tools. I, like most geeks, like to incorporate any piece of new technology that can make me more efficient or productive, so I explored further. Four seconds and a Google search later, and I had discovered a video of David Allen speaking at Google, giving an overview of what GTD is and the general thought-process behind it. When the phrase “mind like water” was explained, I was hooked. I wanted to have mind like water!
I purchased Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity that day from Barnes & Noble and was finished reading it the following day, determined to masterfully implement it by the end of the weekend. When tackling that task, I did what any self-respecting geek would do – I did a Google search for GTD apps to find a piece of technology that would make implementing this methodology simple.
I spent the next six months reading reviews, paying for applications, signing up for subscriptions, and going through the try-fail-adjust approach repeatedly, trying to find the right app for me. There were blog posts with personal reviews of several different options, but they were of course subjective. There were massive lists of available “GTD”ish apps, but no indication of what makes each different, how they compare, or any information that would tell me if they would really work for me. I nearly allowed myself to completely burn out in my efforts to implement GTD into my life, and that would have been a tragedy.
I couldn’t stand the thought that there are probably a million other people out there wanting to give GTD a try who would most likely end up in the same quandary as myself. I asked David Allen Co. if they wouldn’t mind if I put something together that would alleviate that challenge. I had the privilege of speaking directly with David, his wife Kathryn, and others at DAC regarding how best to put such a resource together. While they were not in a position to sponsor or endorse such a project (there is considerable risk of showing bias, and GTD is an approach that is “tool-agnostic”), they saw value in having a resource that would provide an unbiased evaluation of options available to people when implementing GTD.
After getting married to my beautiful wife and moving I started to put this project together. I’d love to work with any GTDers out there who would like to contribute their time, experience, and knowledge to make this an ultimate resource to help people find a tool or app that fits them. If that’s you, please email me right away with your thoughts!
If you don’t have time, but you do have feedback on how we can improve, I again welcome your input either in the comments section below or via email.