Getting organized with the iPad

One of the things I’m really hoping to do is to become more organized. A long time ago, I used to carry around a day planner – which was pretty good at helping me keep myself organized. Then, I bought a couple of Apple Newtons (anyone want to buy them? I still have them laying around LOL) and I thought they were great little tools – tho a bit slow and didn’t connect to the Internet easily like the iPhone/iPad does now. Going slightly off topic – I wish the iPad had the handwriting recognition that the Newton had – granted it wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough for what I needed.

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a popular method for organization. I watched a training video on this a long time ago and loved it. David Allen (the author of GTD) is a master at motivational organization… you watch his stuff and you want to get rid of the clutter. But for me, really sticking to it is sooo hard! Why can’t I keep my inbox at zero?

I have a few applications I have tried and currently, I’m trying to use Things on my mac. I have the Things application on my iPhone, but I am just not using it as much as I’d like. I decided at one point to try to keep my work and personal organization separate – so I use a program on the mac called ‘rooswitch‘ — it allows you to have multiple preference and data files – so using a program like Things, I can have completely separate data for work and personal.

Right now, my current favorite list making device is a pen and paper. Yep, I’ve gone back to that old technology!

So, once I get the iPad, I’ll be updating you as to my progress with getting organized and how well the iPad helps with that!

2 thoughts on “Getting organized with the iPad

  1. Put your Newton’s on EBay, you’d be suprized what they’re still worth. I just financed my iPad by selling an Apple III and a couple of Newtons. Newtons are the best PDA ever. My PalmV is in a closet somewhere, but one of my Newtons is always in my Cubicle at work. I saved one Newton just in case the iPad doesn’t work out for my meeting note taking duties.

  2. OmniFocus is a great app on the Mac and iPhone. They say they’ll release a version for the iPad. I’m in line…

    OmniFocus follows the guidelines of GTD closely. I am still learning but it seems you need to have things in your inbox as briefly as possible: you need a context/project/place or person for each task you add.

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