Rory Bowman is taking to Leopard Mail with a passion. He has written up some pointers on “Getting Things Done” (GTD) with Mail’s new notes and to-do features.
He presents a sample screenshot using a note to list things that need to be done, talks about using Leopard Mail’s RSS feature to speed up the time you spend reading the web and what smart mailboxes are good for.
Unfortunately, my notes don’t sync to my iPhone as he suggests.
It’s not really a systematic attempt to implement GTD in Leopard Mail, but it is an interesting summary of the productivity-boosting features in Leopard Mail.
Myself, I am reluctant to incorporate the new features of Leopard Mail into a tweaked workflow for getting things done.
To tell the truth, I am bit underwhelmed by the notes and to-do features, the to-dos especially. Remember the Keynote at which Steve Jobs explained in an excited voice how he “lives in Mail”? Ah-a, I thought, that means we are now going to see something really special.
But in fact the implementation of to-dos is really crude. They are there, but the flexibility to display them sensibly (hide completed, show to-dos for upcoming week, show only a particular calendar, etc, etc) is missing. Perhaps that’s why he lives in Mail; the features are too underdone to help him get his work done and live outside Mail for a while!
The old way which uses only technology already available in Tiger is good enough for me.
I am waiting for Leopard MailTags to get its to-do and event creation features back.
How about you? Has Leopard Mail changed your productivity or workflow for the better, or do you (like me) still use it as if it were Tiger Mail, just a bit more shiny?
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Tags: Apple Mail, getting things done, gtd, leopard mail, mail.app, mailtags, Notes, productiivity, to dos