The Future of GTD Reviews

Arriving At is alive and well.  Sure, there may have been about three years in between this post and the last, but let me assure you, my resolve for helping people thrive at Getting Things Done has never been greater.

So what’s next?  First up, we’re going to do a few articles to catch people up on the state of GTD software.  There have been some major revisions to all of the ‘big dogs’ of GTD apps, and now over the air syncing with mobile apps is becoming a standard.  This site definitely has a software focus, so we’re going to get on top of the reviews first.

This will also be a story about my ongoing adventure in falling off the GTD wagon, and getting back on it.  During our three year absence, much of that time was spent using my brain instead of organized lists and ubiquitous inboxes, and that was a huge mistake.  I’ve been back on the train now for a few months, and I’ve probably been more productive and focused in those last few months than in the preceding two years.

But let me ask you all a question – what is the greatest value I can provide, as a fellow GTDer and human being?  I have a passion for the topic, even more now that I’ve been without it for a period of time in my life.  What is missing, beyond reviews of software, that I can pour my heart and soul into?

I would love to hear from you!

  • Deb Dietz Livingston

    Just stumbled upon this as I was exploring the GTD site again. I’ve used GTD to help others organize in my coaching practice and then have fallen off the wagon myself for much the same reason as you. I’ve also learned that taking things off my plate was the first place to start and it’s taken some time but I think I’m ready to get back on track. I have a simple question about filing. I like David’s alphabetical file system but I don’t like simply stacking the manila folders in line (not hanging) because they’re too – uh – floppy. Have you found a system/products that work well for you? I like my files to be crisp, not dog-eared, and standing erect so I can see their names. I’ve explored a lot of file folder types and have bought so many over the years only to be disappointed. Any ideas?

  • evanheckert

    Great question! This is one aspect of GTD that I’ve never settled on. Every time I establish a physical solution, whether straight out of the GTD book or some hanging variation thereof, I start to notice the psychological friction almost right away. For me, I’d rather take the time to scan things in, put them in Evernote with the appropriate tags, and recycle it.

    This doesn’t always work, however, because things like tax-related documents, certificates, etc. can’t be discarded. There has to be some way to file them in an archive, and thus far I’ve not done well at keeping my archives organized. It’s more of a dark abyss, while I cross my fingers and hope I never need to reference it.

    I’m going to dive into this topic a bit more, try a few different solutions, and write up what I find. I appreciate you bringing this up, and I’d really like to hear from you if you find different things that work better for you than others!

  • excellent! Glad to hear you are going to keep going! I’d love for you to take a look at http://GTDNext and do a review.

    We are a small bootstrap company that is working hard to create a great GTD focused app. So far the feedback has been really good, but we want to keep spreading the word. Thanks so much for having a website like this!

  • Mark Matten

    Actually I find that hanging folders work really well for my reference filing system!