A new Getting Things Done (GTD) app from Hog Bay Software brings an extreme and focussed minimalism to task management.
It doesn’t transfer data to your iPod or iPhone, or sync information with facebook, or grab an audio soundbite from iTunes for each project, or have fifteen user-customisable icons for each context. It just does lists, projects, tasks and contexts. And it does them very well.
The interface is simple:
Simple keyboard shortcuts start a new project or task. Contexts (or what the app calls ‘tags’) with @ prepended are stored and can be set to autocomplete on future tasks.
Tasks for each context across a variety of projects are easily and cleanly displayed by selecting the context from a drop down list:
Completed tasks can be archived, which shifts them down to the bottom of the document and removes from the project and context-specific display.
If I had time to maintain a GTD life outside Mail.app, I would use something like this. There is no opportunity to waste time tweaking endless options which are peripheral to achieving the task management that these apps are designed to provide. Although there are plenty of other GTD apps for Mac users (see an earlier Hawk Wings post or Ed Eubanks’ round-up at Low End Mac), none of them offers the forocious “Productivity Boot Camp” discipline of TaskPaper. I find that helpful.
You can get a copy of TaskPaper from the Hog Bay web site. It costs USD 18.95 although the free 14-day demo period gives you a chance to discover if this the approach that works for you.
Disclaimer: Jesse Grosjean kindly gave me free registration so that I could try this out.
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Tags: getting things done, gtd, lists, not apple mail, not mail.app, Productivity, task management