A GTD org tool based on gmail that works with iPhone
I had a similar problem. My Palm TX went completely buggy on me about two months ago, and my 2-year cell phone contract was not close to being over. I tried all the usual suspects. Paper helped, but I needed the electronic access. Then my daughter's cell phone was stolen, and I got an iPhone, and gave her my old phone.
Originally Posted by sundevil67
Like you, I found that the new task and note features in Leopard mail are not half-baked. After playing with Remember the Milk, Vitalist, and ToodleDo, I realized that I could get the basic GTD functionality by dedicating an iMap email account to GTD. I was in the process of moving completely into this, when I found this article on the DA website:
I'd like to:
* Have a desktop application compatible with Leopard that can manage my task list
* This application should somehow be able to make my tasks visible on my iPhone, including the notes associated with each task item...I'd prefer not to have to use the Internet to access them, but since the iPhone doesn't offer much else, I guess that will have to do. An site designed specifically for iPhone would be preferred I suppose.
* It would be great if I could also manage these tasks through a regular web browser from a remote computer as well
which sets things up in a very slick way with gmail. The most difficult part is setting up imap gmail on the iPhone (pop won't work), but there are detailed instructions on gmail.com explaining how to do it.
Everything works pretty well. I have access to my lists everywhere in the world I can get to the internet. Email enters my world through my main account. I process it by forwarding it to the other account, addressing it to the appropriate folder. When next actions are completed, I can forward the email with a changed subject representing the new next action to the appropriate folder. The loops in the GTD algorithm are much more manifest now, and require less thinking about the system.
Technical aside: there is an interesting side effect of the way gmail implements imap: deleting an email from an imap folder removes the tag in gmail, but the email remains, leaving a permanent record unless it is explicitly deleted.
Of course, email is a familiar tool. On the desktop, you can sort by subject and date sent. You can have attachments. I think the future may be to live in our email the way we used to live in our file system.