Struggling with GTD - Lack of Apps/Tools I like
I've been trying GTD for a while, and it has worked to a certain extent. Now I find myself having certain expectations that I am unable to fulfill due to the programs I use.
Most of what I do it on the computer. Whatever I get in paper is filed by projects, or general contexts like receipt/bills. Doing things on paper is pretty much okay. However I am really struggling with the digital bit.
I'm on Windows and the lack of bearable applications is astounding to me. My criteria is that I want to have an application that syncs with my iPhone, mostly the next actions lists and inbox functionality. Inbox functionality is not even that important since I write most things down on paper.
What I am feeling is that most applications have a tendency to be overly complex, annoying to use or simply has an interface that makes me want to vomit. This might be because they are all Windows-based applications since I haven't seen the same annoyance with Mac-based apps.
However I have come to the point where I am not satisfied with any of the "task-based" applications, and have spent so much time (and money) and getting nothing back in return.
I've tried Toodledo, Todo (for iOS), setting up Outlook 2007 with the GTD system and tried to sync that with the rest. Evernote had promise until I found out that the iOS-apps does not show stacked notebooks.
My needs are really easy. I have a few projects going:
- Writing a book
- Studying Design
- X-mas shopping
- Learning Korean
- Creating a personal website
Most, if not everything there can be handled on the computer. I don't need some overly complex program to put these into a project format and then create the outcome and next actions lists that are based on context. But every step of the way I feel that I am fighting with the program that should make my life easier.
Email is okay. Using IMAP my iPhone and Outlook can talk happily with each other, and I just archive emails in a hierachy in Outlook. Calendar is also easily, using iCloud I place reminders and get them on my phone, I don't need anything else.
It is the projects and next actions lists I am struggling with specifically. I do not have anything that I can call a trusted system. It is the combination of those two, and a lack of a decent program ala OmniFocus on Windows which makes me sad, really sad.
I'm at the point where I actually feel like giving up GTD. Learned a lot from it, made me change a lot of habits, and although it is very promising it just really sucks (excuse my French) spending a lot of time, energy and getting frustrated over the lack of a okay workflow.
Perfection is continuous improvement of life quality.