I've gone back and forth and it seems every week or two I give up on the current system and look for something new. I try something new for a while and then eventually run into frustration and give up on that. So basically I don't have a trusted system and things slip through the cracks.
Originally Posted by TommyNashvilleTN
My last attempt was 2Do on Android, which is a very nice and usable app on Android. The problem is that it only syncs to Toodledo, but really only partially because some of the features do not translate to Toodledo.
Personally, I think Toodledo has set back the progress towared a perfect GTD system more than any other factor. If an app syncs with Toodledo, I consider that a strike against it. Toodledo is like a trap. Data goes in, but there is no intelligent way to get it out. Toodledo's model is broken (do we really need 10 different statuses for a task?). Don't get me started about the unintelligible Toodledo web interface.
The frustrating thing is that all of the pieces are out there for a perfect system, just not all in the same program.
My requirements are:
- Usable from Mac and PC. This could be web-based as I don't need offline access from the computer
- Usable on Android tablet. Must be optimized for tablet and not just a bigger version of the phone version!
- Must support email to completely formed task (not just email to inbox)
- Low barrier to creating projects
- Ideally support nested projects
- Some way to support Areas of Focus
- Easy to use
- Support recurring tasks, ideally with complex repeats like "on the last Friday of the month"
The best I have ever done on GTD was when using a paper system. It was great at first, but then the clutter builds up. You have a 50 actions on a sheet, 45 of which are done. This builds up to a reluctance to even open it. I really don't understand how anybody does it with a Moleskine with fixed pages.
What I really want is something that can simulate the experience I had using a paper system on my Android tablet, but with the ability to remove the clutter of completed tasks and other advantages of an electronic system, like recurring tasks, tasks from email, alarms, and the ability to see it on the computer as well.
I periodically consider writing my own app, but that is all I need, something more to get done. And unless someone is paying me to do it, I don't really have the time to do it in my spare time (or the lack thereof).
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