43 Folders

Back to Work

Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.

Join us via RSS, iTunes, or at 5by5.tv.

”What’s 43 Folders?”
43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

Mac at Home, Windows at Office, PDA in pocket - GTD everywhere?

Hello. I'm a student and new to GTD. I have a Mac at home which I have been using with an Excel file to manage projects and Next-Actions by using color coding and marcos to quickly label and identify Contexts.

I will soon begin working a full time job and at the office will be using a Windows-based laptop. I also want to get a PDA so I can have my project list and other GTD reference materials with me at time.

Has anyone figured out a good system for using all these tools (Mac at home, Windows at office, any PDA everywhere) with robust syncing, seamless (or close to it) transferability and interoperability between the 3 systems?

If you have, I would greatly appreciate you telling me what software, PDA model, and paper based tools you used to make it all work.

Thanks Mucho

ScottE22's picture

... I am in the same...

sol2k;6919 wrote:
I am in the same situation as you (Mac at home, Windows at work) except that I chose to get a Windows Mobile Smartphone as my PDA choice. While this integrates really well with Windows, on the Mac-verse I am at the mercy of PocketMac or MissingSync, with varying degrees of satisfaction...

I have a Powerbook at home and a Gateway Tablet at work -- what can I say, the school district I work for is unenlightened. I carry a T-Mobile Dash (Windows SmartPhone) which I am in love with. I use it only for Contacts and Calendaring and it syncs flawlessly and instantly with our Exchange 2003 server over-the-air (e.g. I never plug it in).

On my Mac at home, Entourage also syncs with Exchange so I'm golden. And all without wires which is HUGE since I hate having to remember to sync all the time.

For notes, etc. I just purchased a Circa from Levenger. I am still experimenting with the "lo-fi" part of my life using D*I*Y Planner index cards for NA lists, Projects, and Potentials, but I think I'd like to Circa-fy those items as well to keep everything the same size.

Good luck making it work for you!




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


Subscribe with Google Reader

Subscribe on Netvibes

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe on Pageflakes

Add RSS feed

The Podcast Feed


Merlin used to crank. He’s not cranking any more.

This is an essay about family, priorities, and Shakey’s Pizza, and it’s probably the best thing he’s written. »

Scared Shitless

Merlin’s scared. You’re scared. Everybody is scared.

This is the video of Merlin’s keynote at Webstock 2011. The one where he cried. You should watch it. »