In the ten days or so since my first post on the subject I’ve read and now re-read most of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I’ve spent hours at this point clearing my desk of clutter and my brain of all of the things tasks and projects I’ve been trying to keep straight in my head. My action lists are getting populated, my inboxes are empty, and I’m pleased enough with my progress to keep with the program. I stopped to consider how many different pieces of hardware and software I have to try to track all of these things for my work and home life. The hardware: 15″ PowerBook, 12″ PowerBook, Palm Tungsten C, and a Sony Ericsson T610. The software: Apple Mail and iCal, Life Balance, FastTrack Schedule 8, NoteTaker, OmniOutliner Professional, and Kinkless GTD (KGTD). I suspect that I’m not alone in this proliferation of personal productivity gadgets and applications. It’s time to prune that list!
I never use the Palm anymore now that my phone (and even my iPod) can show me my upcoming schedule. I travel with my laptop wherever I go so I don’t have any reason to enter information on that tiny keyboard. Time to find someone at work who could use it. As for the software I don’t think I need anything besides Mail, iCal, Omni Outliner, and KGTD. The rest has to go.
That brings me to the real subject of this post, the Kinkless GTD system. KGTD is just a set of Applescripts that can be applied to OmniOutliner Professional to create an elegant GTD system that syncs with iCal. Read the Intro to KGTD article for more details. The scripts are open source, but the they require OmniOutliner Pro which has an educational price of about $40. You can get a free trial license for OmniOutliner so there’s no reason not to give this system a try if you’re in the market for a tool to help you get things done.