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How are you Mac folks doing reminders and structuring to-dos?

As of Leopard, I'm a transplant from Entourage to the Mail/Address Book/iCal/.mac combo. Over in Entourage for the past 7 years, I created a slick Zero Inbox system by using delayed reminders, using a cool combo of Applescripts that removed emails out of the Inbox until a time when I needed to deal with them. I haven't figured out a system yet in the Mail world.

I'd love to hear how you Mac GTD'ers are using timers/reminders to postpone to-dos until the time you need to deal with them. I'm intrigued by OmniFocus, but it doesn't seem to be set up to do timers; more, it looks like a way to order ones to-dos in the sequence they need to be done. It might work, to switch from a popup timer world, to just remembering to look at a list. But before I dive in to OmniFocus, I'd love to hear how others are dealing with their to-dos using the Mail/Address Book/iCal/.mac combo.

Thanks for any ideas.

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CircusPonies Notebook works extremely well for me. I don't need "reminders" (or, at least, I don't use them), but I can set due dates and then sort or scan my various lists for nearly due and overdue items. You can integrate it with iCal, but I find that pretty annoying, actually. I'm able to link my to dos with other pages (in other notebooks) containing the substance of the work. And their clipping services allow me to clip decent amounts of text from the web or from email into my to do lists. It's very flexible--and even if it wasn't designed as a GTD program, it suits my GTD needs very well.





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