Last week I wrote a post about a fairly negative review of OmniFocus by Matt Neuburg. This prompted some interesting comments regarding the relative pros and cons of OmniFocus and Cultured Code’s Things.
This got me thinking. It’s interesting, isn’t it, how everyone gets different things from different software? I’ve tried a number of GTD apps (as covered in earlier posts) and the only two I used for any length of time were OmniFocus and Things. There were many other applications that just didn’t suit me, and yet others swear by them. There isn’t a perfect application to suit everyone. (And never will be.)
Everyone who has read Getting Things Done by David Allen seems to have a different take on it. We all come up slightly different variations to suit the way we live our own lives. And therefore we all have different needs when it comes to software. Features important to me include simplicity (in adding tasks and then viewing them) and the ability to create repeating tasks. I also want it to be enjoyable to use (or I’ll end up losing interest). So far, for me, Things comes closest, although it’s still some way off of perfect. Other people have priorities such as iCal integration or online access – features I’m not that fussed about.
A common problem for GTDers seems to be the difficulty settling with one system. Many of us chop and change regularly, tweaking here and there, trying to get it just right. “If I change to this new system I’ll be so much more productive.” I’m terrible for this. And I still haven’t got it right yet. GTD is an excellent method in theory but its implementation isn’t as easy as it would initially seem. Hence we’re all in search of the perfect application to help us in our quest to be more productive. But since we all want different things from GTD we all want different features in our GTD app.
Is it a good thing that there are so many GTD apps out there? Does choice lead to freedom? For me choice has meant many many hours fiddling with different systems trying to find “the one”. Things works pretty well for me but I still have this niggling doubt that there might be a better way. Forget digital and go to paper maybe? Aarrgghhh…if only I could find the perfect system!