What Makes a GTD App Great?

GTD ListFrom business professionals to stay-at-home moms, GTD has engulfed itself into the life of thousands of people. It’s a fast-paced methodology because it’s meant to fit seamlessly into your life – regardless of how busy you are or are not.

With that, there are developers out there writing desktop, mobile and web applications for personal productivity – and some directly for the GTD methodology. We have an exciting redesign coming that will launch our reviews of many popular apps, but in the meantime I have been looking over scores of apps and seeing many similarities, and some with pretty strong differences.

That’s not necessarily a surprise of course, but it does make me think of what developers are thinking when they sit down to write their applications. Are they taking into consideration the wave of GTD users, or assuming that most don’t incorporate the GTD methodology completely? It doesn’t really matter what the answer is, because there are strong programs out there regardless of what degree of GTDer and productivity-ninja you are. What I am curious about though, is what you’re looking for.

No really.  What makes a productivity app great to you? Have you thought about it at all? I have. For me there is one thing that matters most.

Flow – Maybe you can’t relate to this, but I live a pretty busy life and have a lot going on. That’s not complaint (there’s never really a need for that), but I say that to make the point that when I’m considering a productivity tool, I’m looking for something that will seamlessly fit into the flow of my existence. Something that I can use on my mobile, and sit down at my laptop and have everything there too.

With that “flow”, the other thing that is synonymous with that topic is ease-of-use. Call me minimalistic, but I don’t think we need to have a seven-step process to do something that can be accomplished in three, for example. So I like it when an app is simple to use too.

Personally, I’m a GTDer, so having it be fully compatible with the GTD system is a must.

So what are you looking for? Do you like the flow I explained? Was there something I didn’t mention that you think is even more important? Maybe you think I’m completely off here – let me know!  GTD Reviews is becoming the voice of what people want out of their productivity apps. That starts with you voicing your opinion.

Let’s Get Focused on Quality Over Quantity, Shall We?

Quality over QuantityInformation overload is a common problem in this high-tech, high-touch world.  In fact, the GTD methodology addresses that very issue quite effectively, allowing us to free up our minds to think creatively and learn new things while making sure important things don’t fall through the cracks.  When you visit a blog about GTD tools and implementation, the last thing you want is more information overload, correct?

That’s why we’ve decided to modify our approach here at GTD Reviews.  Rather than committing to one post a day, and loading viewers up with an excess of information, we’re going to post only twice every week outside of app update reports.  In making this adjustment, we will have more time to make sure the information we provide is supremely relevant to helping you achieve “mind like water” as quickly as possible.

There is only one catch. With fewer posts, it’s even more vital that we hear from you.  We need to know what information you’d like to find on this site.  Ask, and you shall receive.  It’s tough to beat that.

Keeping Content Fresh and Relevant

Multiple PlatformsReviewing a specific category of software is not as easy as it sounds.  This is especially true when it comes to software that supports implementation of a methodology as flexible as GTD.  What qualifies as a “GTD” application?  What applications are worth reviewing?

While this topic of discussion is ongoing here at GTD Reviews, we have made a few decisions that we would like to discuss here.

One very important element of any application is how engaged the developer of that application is with the ongoing development of the application, and in the community.  As such, one decision we’ve made is that any application that has not been updated in 2 years will not be indexed on this site.  Those apps will be considered “stale,” and while any reviews we have done in the past for them will be accessible in the archives, they will not be an active part of our new dynamic grids.

Secondly, with the new version of  GTD Reviews that will be released in the coming weeks, we will be including all of the most commonly used platforms for list managers.  This includes platforms such as the iPad, Blackberry, Palm (or HP?), Paper/Analog, iPhone, Windows Phone, Linux, etc.  Again, this will allow GTD Reviews to be the most comprehensive source of information and guidance for new GTDers and veteran GTDers alike, in finding the right implementation to fit their lifestyle.

While we press on in the development of the official GTD Reviews redesign, we are consistently receiving feedback on what viewers want to see, and what would make this site useful for you.  It doesn’t matter if you have a suggestion resulting in a minor tweak, or a major overhaul – we want to hear it !

You can use the comments below, or head over to our simple Feedback page.  We’re excited to hear your feedback and suggestions!