View Full Version : GTD use of Outlook and Plug-in after next version of Outlook?
01-27-2006, 12:53 PM
Does anyone know what will happen to those using Outlook alone, or Outlook with the GTD plug-in after the next release of Outlook this year (post-2003 release)?
I have heard that its built in functions will be more suited to GTD overall, but I can't find details?
01-27-2006, 05:57 PM
Also, any idea when the new version will come out?
01-27-2006, 06:43 PM
See this blog:
02-12-2006, 08:42 AM
I noticed several of us who use GTD are posting on that blog and this is great, as hopefully it will help them to steer the new Outlook's development direction to be more GTD friendly.
For example I noticed that have a follow up feature for emails (check the blog) for the new Outlook - it seems we may be able to count on having an easier time using GTD in the next Outlook.
What you do you guys think?
My biggest fear is that Outlook 12 will be forced upon me by my company before Netcentrics finishes the update of the add-in.
The discussions on the above referenced blog pretty much prove to me that the Microsoft crew doesn't get it. What I see are a bunch of bells and whistles that don't add any functionality. I've pretty much been doing what they say they are adding with custom fields and views for the last five years.
Their approach seems to violate a fundamental principle of GTD. Getting In to Empty. Their approach is e-mail centric. Leave everything in IN and manage it from there... "You'll never have to leave your inbox"...
A second problem is a complete abdication of the critical need to be able to make a distinction between next actions and projects. The suggestion that we need MS Project to handle projects is nuts. The current discussion on why a focus area/project/subproject/next action isn't needed has recieved a fair amount of flak on the blog and rightly so. I find it odd that in the Wednesday, November 30, 2005 blog entry they list "3. Organize by Project" as one of the key principles for the update, but then fail to include any functionality that allows you to do so.
A third is their total over-reliance on categories. The suggestions is you can categorize by keyword, by project, by focus area, by subproject, by client etc. If you start using Categories for all of this, you've totally overloaded this one under-designed functional part of Outlook.
For those of us who still use the Palm, overloading categories just doesn't work anyway.
Fourth, and this probably hasn't been thought of is that the GTD add-in has some great features that really speed inbox processing. For those of us who average 100-300+ e-mails a day losing those abilities will truely be a productivity drain...
I'll keep my fingers crossed...
02-12-2006, 10:22 AM
I read more carefull in to the blog after my post today and now I agree with you on several points and have my fingers crossed. Their thoughts on tasks were a little disturbing and I can see are more catered to non-GTD people (or simple users in general of outlook).
Many of those bells and whistles aren't very exciting for GTD after I looked more closely (bear in mind I'm a GTD newbie). Perhaps some new calendar stuff might be good. Perhaps Netcentrics will use them in an effective way with the new plug-in somehow.
I think I will be sticking with my current outlook and GTD Add-in definitely until they have a stable and well designed plug-in for the next outlook...