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Links to GTD Apps, Templates, & Scripts

I’d like to start collecting links to tools, applications, scripts, and templates that people have created for implementing Getting Things Done, and that they would like to share with folks on the web. If there’s something you’d like to see added here, leave a comment with a link and some background information (status, license, platform, etc.), and I’ll check it out. As with our OS X inventory collection, I’ll add the most useful-, novel-, and promising-looking submissions.

While I’m not against linking to modestly-priced shareware, preferential consideration goes to stuff that’s open source, free as in beer, and functionally uncrippled (no save-disabled, “bronze??? editions of your commercial package, please). The idea is to showcase the sweat and collaboration that people are throwing behind a shared interest in GTD.

Let’s help new folks start their year off with some cool tools and innovative solutions for getting started with Getting Things Done.

(N.B.: not to be a kerchief-dropping belle, but I’m going to hang back and wait to hear from a few folks before adding my own suggestions, so don’t be shy about nominating your or your pals’ projects)

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In defense of Life Balance...

In defense of Life Balance and the effort involved in setup, there are templates available for download to implement GTD using Life Balance, with preset values for setting, location, importance, etc., on common Next Actions so you can get going more easily. I found them a huge value in moving to LB (I had tried LB once before, and not stuck with it). There are some problems in the LB interface as Carina notes, but I think the strengths easily outnumber the weaknesses of this program. But read the LB manual--it will make life easier (and it is well-written, too.)

The templates got me going enough so modifying the settings for my particular needs was much less of a hassle. If you go to


you can see downloadable templates for a variety of uses. The starter template file by "ratz" (a longtime LB user) includes GTD templates. There is also a lot of discussion re implementing GTD on the LB user forums.

And LB works on Windows, Macs, and Palm OS, to address Gary's concern.




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