For those who don’t know, GTD is a common abbreviation for the “Getting things done” principle, outlined in a book by David Allen. The basic principle is that if you are constantly under the stress of remembering things you need to do, your performance and work will suffer. Instead you should record things that need to be done and forget about them.
This is great for entrepreneurs, ambitious personalities, and those looking to increase efficiency. But without the proper programs, the GTD principle is too cumbersome. What’s more, the Windows Vista community doesn’t have as many GTD applications as some operating systems- such as the Mac. This is by no means a full-fledged list, just a list of some of the best resources Vista users can take advantage of for the GTD lifestyle.
Getting Things Done with Simple GTD
SimpleGTD.com is a GTD web application- most notable is the fact that it isn’t operating system specific. Like the name suggests, it is a very simple form of GTD. It doesn’t contain any unnecessary items, features, or advertisements.
You will notice that SimpleGTD.com has an impressive AJAX interface. They make good use of newer technologies that make fast, simple, and easy operation possible. We like the fact that you don’t even need an email address to signup- the registration process only requires a username and a password.
SimpleGTD.com obviously targeted the GTD community with a no-frills, fast, and easy GTD organizer. Vista users will appreciate the fact that it isn’t operating system specific, and everyone can appreciate that it is completely free.
Getting Things Done with ThinkingRock
Another GTD application Windows Vista users can explore is ThinkingRock. This application has cross-platform support for Apple, Linux, and Microsoft systems. Like SimpleGTD.com, ThinkingRock is completely free.
ThinkingRock is a little more advanced that SimpleGTD.com, and likewise may have a certain learning curve to it. The user interface can sometimes seem cluttered, although it is still a very functional program. Practicing GTD through ThinkingRock is quite easy as it offers support for multiple types of timers, filters, options, and much more.
Getting Things done with FusionDesk
FusionDesk is actually Windows-specific. Windows users can enjoy both a free and paid version. The free version lacks a few features, but of course it doesn’t cost $90 like the Pro version does. The Pro version actually does have upgrades worthy of $90. Recurring events, handy timers, reporting tools, notes, and many more features are included.
As you can tell from the above screenshot, FusionDesk takes pride in a user-intuitive interface. It has many web 2.0 qualities- which values ease of use over clutter. The interface is much cleaner as compared to ThinkingRock, but keep in mind that FusionDesk does cost money for all of the necessary features.
The final straw to get people to try the Pro version is the money back guarantee. You may try the Pro version for a full 90 days before you actually commit to paying for the program. It’s a nice touch, and definitely gives no excuse for users to not try out the Pro version. If nothing else, it is a great meter stick in which to measure other GTD applications with.
Getting Things Done with Tudumo
Tudumo was built with the .NET framework, meaning that Vista users already have full support for this program. Other operating system owners may have to download the .NET framework to ensure stable usage. Tudumo is slated to cost around $30 after it is released from the beta tests. Currently it can be downloaded for free, and will be offered free until beta testing is completed.
As you can see above, Tudumo is another prime example of a clean interface. Objects can be interacted with easily, and without effort. The main selling point of Tudumo is that it has a tagging feature, like you would see on many web 2.0 websites today. You may tag events with tags, and then filter display settings based on the tags. This gives an extra level of functionality that most GTD applications don’t have.
A few other handy features include the auto-save and the heat map. You may use the auto-save to prevent loss of work from system crashes, or other types of events that may make you pull your hair out. More interesting is the heat map, which will display the least used events: meaning you can weed out the old events you forgot about, and clear your to-do list accordingly.
Tudumo has a nice set of features, we recommend trying it out while it is still in beta. The $30 may scare some people away, but Tudumo is still much less than FusionDesk Pro.
If All Else Fails, Buy 43 Folders
If you want a more physical solution, you may instead wish to switch to simply buying 43 tabbed folders. Windows Vista users will be more than pleased to know that this solution is in no way operating system specific- it doesn’t even use a computer.
In this design, twelve of the folders are used for each month in the year. The rest of the 31 folders represent each possible day in the month. The principle is quite simple: place documents that need reviewing in a certain day of the month. For instance, you may buy plane tickets for a business trip, and it is scheduled a week from now. Simply go to the folder that is exactly one week from today, and place the tickets in it. When the day arrives, simply open the folder, and they are there for the taking.
This principle may sound too simple, but it is still accomplishing what software programs are. In fact, it is better in many ways. For instance, Windows Vista users may not have full access to all GTD applications- this solution works regardless. This solution also is physical- meaning it can be transported in everyday life. Lastly, this solution can hold real data- not representations or fake data on your computer.
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