Re: Omnifocus substitute for MS based computer
I have never used Omnifocus but after seeing a number of reviews/write ups on it I was just wondering is there a good substitute for Omnifocus but on a Microsoft based computer?
Evernote. It does not have nearly as many features, but that might be good. Check out "TheSecretWeapon". I've used that a lot when I was still PC based.
Now, I'd probably use Outlook. We set this up on my spouse's PC after watching a webinar here on GTD Connect and we followed the setup guide. I must say it works very beautifully. Everything is integrated and easy to get to.
Thanks for the reply Oliver!!
I had a brief look at "thesecretwork" and I couldnt find out 'exactly' what it was all about although I did notice that it uses Evernote as a basis for its program. Can you elaborate more on its functions?
Also, at the moment I havent got Outlook although when I upgrade to the new Windows 8 I will definately consider getting it (at the moment I only use Yahoo mail - and have done so for many years)!
P.s. did you use the Outlook program as is or set it up in any particular way? Whether that be setting up yourself or with an Outlook GTD plug-in etc?
Regarding The Secret Weapon:
It's a short little video series about how to setup Evernote to use for projects and action lists.
Evernote itself is just a program that saves notes, pictures etc. It supports folders and tags and The Secret Weapon makes use of these features to setup the basic GTD lists.
It won't however help you with your calendar, emails, etc.
Nope, just plain vanilla Outlook. We followed the guide you can download here on GTD Connect. It's very step-by-step with screenshots. It took us maybe an hour to setup the barebones system.
 To make things as easy as possible, I'd go with a program such as Outlook, which has been vetted by the GTD team, and their coaches use it successfully for years. My thinking is, the root cause of a faulty system is either the user or the tools. Since the GTD team went through the trouble of going through an elaborate vetting process, I'd use that, which leaves me with only one point of failure: Me! If I can't make a vetted tool work that the GTD coaches themselves use, the problem is probably between my ears.
Question for Oliver about mobile
What does your wife use for mobile GTD? Does she use Outlook, and, if so, how and on what kind of phone (or tablet)?
Not much mobility going on! I manage the Errands list for both of us in OmniFocus (I'm on a Mac setup). He uses his iPhone as capture device though, sending emails to himself.
I did a quick google search on "sync outlook iphone" and I had a few hits with setup tutorials. I'd share the links but I'm located in Germany, and all those links where in German.