First, I became quite fond of Zoho Planner. It worked well, but once I learned about Getting Things Done (GTD) I felt I had to move on. I then fell in love with Tracks. I enjoyed the relationship for several months, but (fickle guy that I am) soon transferred my affections to Vitalist.
I write about my organizational struggles frequently. Here are some from last year:
- Going back to (mostly) paper
- Another run at Task Management – Wallnote
- Task and Note Management – and a glance at Zoho Planner
- More Task Management
- Task Management – Part III
I cringe everytime I review those old articles. I see my excitement in finding a new tool… but with the benefit of hindsight, I know the happiness has never really lasted.
I’m mostly over the web-based stuff. Sure, ease of use of some of the apps and simple to access from multiple machines are huge pluses. But I’m not always online and sometimes between the time I’ve had a thought and the time the site loads… well, I’ve lost the thought.
I wonder if I should be looking for something that’ll run off a USB key?
For the past couple months, I’ve been back to paper. I kept getting all these 7×5″ hard covered notebooks with little pen holders, so I started using those to capture my thoughts, quick notes and tasks. Yep, good ol’ paper again.
Larger projects still get their own 8 1/2 x 11 notebook as described in my “Productivity Stack” article.
So really, what’s changed since that article? Not much, just that I’m paper for everything now.
I have some stuff in Google Notebook that I often use when doing support at WordPress (which has been less often lately — busy!). I have a lot of work stuff in OneNote shared between my desktop and laptop. Build sheets, long term documentation, stuff that should more properly be in the wiki… but for now, this is easier.
GTD Wannabe is starting a new quest to find a GTD friendly app. I’ll be watching, maybe I’ll see something new/exciting/interesting. But for now, I need to spend less time trying to re-organize around some spiffy tool and more time just getting stuff done. In hindsight, I’ve wasted a lot of time this past year moving from one app to another. That’s gotta stop!
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