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    Is there anyone who uses the "Getting Things Done" organizational system by David Allen on their Treo? If you have never heard of it, here is a good introduction:

    http://www.davidco.com/what_is_gtd.php

    For those who are already familiar with it or who use it, I would like to post my variation on it here. I find it works great for me, it is both PC or Mac friendly and uses only Palm Desktop with one optional piece of shareware (Datebk5):

    http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthr...1350#post31350

    (post 13 cellmatrix)

    As you can tell from the post I like the elegance and simplicity of the "plain vanilla" approach. I say this after long trials with more complex GTD approaches using outliner/tasks programs which I think are more trouble than they are worth.

    I welcome others input, suggestions and variations. I think the Treo is the perfect GTD tool.
    Last edited by cellmatrix; 08/15/2005 at 07:18 PM.
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    Like most people who have read the book, I have adopted bits and pieces of the system -- parts work for me better than others, and as you said, it's important not to let your organizational system get in the way of ACTUALLY getting things done.

    I read your linked post, and here are my comments:
    -- I avoid Palm Desktop as much as I can. I prefer iCal to the calendar and Address Book to the Contacts portion of PD. This results in a couple of lost functionalities -- like the Treo doesn't have correct categorization of contacts and events, but I find that's fine. I have iCal set up so that all events that get added to my calendar from the Treo go to a calendar called "from Palm," which is colored bright red, and this prompts me to categorize them correctly in iCal.

    -- I also don't like Memo Pad -- you noted the 4k file size limit, and again, I don't want to use Palm Desktop. The solution I've been quite happy with is Mac Note Taker (http://mac-huwis.lut.ac.uk/%7ewis/pr...NoteTaker.html), a program that replaces Note Pad on the Treo with a program that allows hierarchical text files (i.e., folders), and does away with the file size limit. The best part? It also comes with a conduit that keeps it synced with a folder on your computer. And the files in that folder are plain text files -- so I use SubEthaEdit, my favorite plain text editor, to do my file editing. The only downside -- it's not D-pad compatible, and it's the only thing I really ever have to use the stylus for. The source code is available, and it would be great to try to hack it a little, if I knew what to do...

    -- I could never get rid of my 43 folders! ;-)

    -- Good tip about the Voice Memo app -- I'll have to give that a try.

    -- There's LOTS of info out there on GTD, implementing it on the Mac, and a little about using a Mac/Palm combination, at Merlin Mann's excellent 43Folders website (http://www.43folders.com). Give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miked378
    Like most people who have read the book, I have adopted bits and pieces of the system -- parts work for me better than others, and as you said, it's important not to let your organizational system get in the way of ACTUALLY getting things done.

    I read your linked post, and here are my comments:
    -- I avoid Palm Desktop as much as I can. I prefer iCal to the calendar and Address Book to the Contacts portion of PD. This results in a couple of lost functionalities -- like the Treo doesn't have correct categorization of contacts and events, but I find that's fine. I have iCal set up so that all events that get added to my calendar from the Treo go to a calendar called "from Palm," which is colored bright red, and this prompts me to categorize them correctly in iCal.

    -- I also don't like Memo Pad -- you noted the 4k file size limit, and again, I don't want to use Palm Desktop. The solution I've been quite happy with is Mac Note Taker (http://mac-huwis.lut.ac.uk/%7ewis/pr...NoteTaker.html), a program that replaces Note Pad on the Treo with a program that allows hierarchical text files (i.e., folders), and does away with the file size limit. The best part? It also comes with a conduit that keeps it synced with a folder on your computer. And the files in that folder are plain text files -- so I use SubEthaEdit, my favorite plain text editor, to do my file editing. The only downside -- it's not D-pad compatible, and it's the only thing I really ever have to use the stylus for. The source code is available, and it would be great to try to hack it a little, if I knew what to do...

    -- I could never get rid of my 43 folders! ;-)

    -- Good tip about the Voice Memo app -- I'll have to give that a try.

    -- There's LOTS of info out there on GTD, implementing it on the Mac, and a little about using a Mac/Palm combination, at Merlin Mann's excellent 43Folders website (http://www.43folders.com). Give it a try.
    I have used macnotetaker its great, I love the nested folders, but lack of 5-way support is what puts me off.

    If you dont mind me asking, how do you cope with the lack of palm todo category support in ical?

    btw I agree that 43 folders is a great site

    PS: I have found that voicememo only syncs with PAlm desktop, I cannot get it to work with Missing sync.
    Last edited by cellmatrix; 08/25/2005 at 04:40 PM.
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    In true GTD style, I only put stuff on the ToDo list that HAS to be done on a particular day, with no particular time, and while I always have things that fall into that category, these are far outnumbered by (a) things that have a time attached to them (calendar) or (b) things that don't have a particular date on which they have to be done (action list). While I like having things color-coded in iCal, it's OK not to have them color coded on the Treo (for me).
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    I wrote up my adaptation of a Mac+Treo GTD system here:

    http://stevenf.com/mt/archives/2005/..._palm_gt_1.php

    Your mileage may vary. But hopefully some ideas for you.

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