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In the last few months, the GTD (Getting Things Done) phenomenon has exploded across the net, and there are now plenty of tools, and apps that help people do exactly what they’re looking for! For those of you who don’t know, GTD stands for Getting Things Done, and came from a book, by David Allen, it is basically an organizational philosophy, and it has helped tons upon tons of people. As GTD spreads, people are making more and more things on the internet, to help out the folks who would like to use it.
So I’ve decided to list a variety of tools, that some people may like to play around with. I’ve come across many GTD-centric ideas, but I’m just going to list my top 5 favorites.
- Vitalist – Vitalist is a pretty cool web app, all around. It has plenty of tools, and ways to keep things updated and going. The coolest thing about Vitalist, I think, is the fact that you can update all of your lists, and projects, right from your ‘smartphone’. Being able to modify everything, while you’re on the go, is one of the things that GTD apps need to work on, it seems to keep things effective, you have to be able to update things at any given moment. So this is really my favorite GTD app.
- GTDTiddlyWiki – GTDTiddlyWiki is a wiki, geared specifically towards GTD. It has places, and categories, for you to categorize anything you’re working on. GTDTiddlyWiki is all just one html file, you can download it, host it yourself, or you can just use it on the page linked above. There is no database behind GTDTiddlyWiki, everything is cached in your browser, making it extremely to throw up around different places on the web.
- Nozbe – Nozbe is a pretty sweet web app, which is currently in beta. It was done by the folks at http://www.apivision.com/, and it really is nice. You could make this your one stop spot, for all of your GTD recording needs. It has just about everything that you would need, and want in a GTD tool. The only thing it lacks, is a nice friendly design, but it’s still a great tool!
- Tracks- Tracks is an open source rails app, which you host yourself. If you have Ruby on Rails setup on your webserver, this is really worth a test run. The ui isn’t the greatest, but it sure gets the job done! It’s got everything you need for keeping up with all of your projects, and the best thing is, that it’s open source!
- Todo Lists – For number five, I chose to link to a bunch of todo list apps. There are tons out there, and they area extremely useful, especially when trying to use the GTD mindset. So the three that have really stuck out, to me are Stikkit, Remember The Milk, and the todo list features of Backpack. Out of the three, my favorite is Stikkit, because the design is very nice, and it’s great and easy to use!
Those are my round ups, for the day. If you’re interested in learning more about GTD, I’ll leave you with a bunch of GTD resource links. here they are (added Digg’ers suggestions):