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A couple of ‘organization’ tool announcements for iPad

Following up on our post about ‘getting organized’ – today, Cultured Code, creators of Things announced a version for the iPad.

I guess this is no real surprise, but it is good to hear. Maybe I will indeed force myself to work with Things again.

“Finally, one other arrival that is approaching very quickly is the iPad version of Things. We’ll have more to share with you about it once April 3rd gets closer, so stay tuned. :)”

Interestingly, reading the comments on their page, there’s a clamoring for “cloud syncing” – which makes sense. I would like to be able to have my data on all my devices automatically sync’d and not have to manually make it happen.

Also, the Evernote crew has announced they will be adding iPad support. “Evernote loves tablets. We’ve got a long and storied history with tablets of all kinds. Got an old tablet lying around somewhere? Chances are we either developed technology for it, had applications that ran on it, or both. Usually both.
Remember the awesome Apple Newton? Evernote’s current R&D engineers developed the handwriting recognition technology that made it so notable (and ahead of its time). Remember those Doonesbury strips making fun of the Newton? You know who cried when those came out? We did. Well, not me personally, I was in college and the Newton was at the top of my unattainable gadget drool-list, but the guys sitting next to me right now clutching their Newton prototypes while watching the Apple liveblogs did. I’ve got those Donnesbury strips in my Evernote account now.”

I’m sure there are a bunch more announcements from products I’m not even familiar with yet, but those are two that I have been following so far. More later I’m sure.

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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!