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Ethan Schoonover: Learn GTD's load-bearing walls
Merlin Mann | Dec 7 2005
This is probably the kind of stuff that any sensible software developer has to think about -- how can I make this work for a broad range of needs and applications without making the whole thing fall apart? -- but it seems especially true of a product based on GTD.
One reason I also look at GTD as a framework is that it is so adaptable to the way we each think as well as the problems we each face. For some people just "getting it all down" is 80% of the game, for others it's about contextual tasks, while for someone who's managing 10 crazy projects, the weekly review is where it's at. In any case, once you learn "the rules" of GTD, it's easy enough to start breaking or adapting them to make it work how you like. (Fair to say it's like Perl for productivity?)
For what it's worth, I continue to be really impressed with kGTD and have been using it enthusiastically for several weeks now with great success. I'm off Entourage completely (*gulp*), and am finding iCal wonky but entirely usable in the context of its integration with kGTD (when, God, when will we get alarms automatically assigned to new items? Jeez.).
As long as I'm passing out compliments, I'll also send another shout-out to OmniOutliner Pro, which is the app that runs the documents and scripts of kGTD. What an outstanding and intuitive piece of work this is. kGTD has gotten me back in the habit of using OO for a lot of the outlining I'd been doing (in a much more primitive fashion) in my text editor. If your brain is anything like mine -- and I fear it may be -- OmniOutliner is one of those apps that you'll find yourself using for many more things than you'd ever imagine. Worth every nickel.
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