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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

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Email is vanilla, index cards are sprinkles...

The simplest thing may be to use a designated email account as your project list. Email may be one step away from the ultimate simplicity of .txt files but the near ubiquity of email may make cross-platform life easier.

Next Actions and front burner projects can go into a hipster PDA setup, so capture, minddumping and refining N.A.s can also be ready at all times.

Another trick might be to edit a text file in Writely and post it to a Gmail account. So long as you keep rewriting the same set of text files this may be a way to keep current.

Edit: Going back to your original post I see that you are soliciting specific setup ideas. I use a Palm phone (Samsung i500, you can still get them on EBay and Sprint still supports this small, excellent PDA phone) and keep all my digital GTD stuff in the Palm software, which syncs nicely with Mac and Windows. The Memo, Contacts, To Dos and Calendar can all be ubiquitous and cross-platform compatible. I have a freebie wallet that holds index cards so N.A.s and a set of hot projects are always available to quickly brainstorm on and play with.

Nothing beats a plain legal note pad for "thinking out loud", that's where most of the brain dumping, mapping and colored crayon thinking in general goes.

Hope this is helpful




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