"Getting Things Done" with Openmoko

Steven ** montgoss+openmokocommunity at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 17:16:27 CEST 2008

I use tasktoy (http://www.tasktoy.com), which is a GTD compliant todo
list.  But this is online only.  You could probably integrate it with
an app on Openmoko fairly easily, since the site supports adding tasks
from text messages.  It also sends reminders to email address (which
could also be a text message on pretty much every network).


On Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Hans L <thehans at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been reading a book lately called Getting Things Done(henceforth
>  abbreviated as GTD) which basically proposes a strategy for
>  organizing/managing your work and life to be more productive with less
>  stress.  Instead of me attempting to explain it any more, a summary of
>  the ideas behind GTD can be found on the author's website:
>  http://www.davidco.com/what_is_gtd.php
>  and a wikipedia entry for good measure ;-)
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done
>  I'm still working on fully implementing these ideas (been setting up
>  my filing/reference system lately), but it seems to me a device
>  running Openmoko would be the perfect place to do much of this
>  organizing/planning/management.  And while I'm certainly not holding
>  out for my Freerunner before trying these methods, I do think it could
>  make a great addition to this system.
>  So I've basically been thinking, what would the ideal("killer")
>  application for GTD look like?  Since I'm still a newbie to GTD, it's
>  not even completely clear to me what this app should be.  What
>  specific features would be required? Are there currently any
>  applications for Openmoko that come close?  Would it be good to start
>  a project for a GTD-specifc app?
>  I will explain some of the ideas I have in mind, but hopefully some
>  other people on this list have read the book and been using this
>  system for a while and they can chime in with some more input.
>  One thing that I think is emphasized in the book is that whatever
>  implementation you use for GTD, it should strive to be simple and even
>  fun to use, because you want to make a habit of using it and staying
>  organized, rather than finding yourself loathing and avoiding it.
>  I can think of at least two main things that could be useful for GTD
>  on Openmoko:
>  1) Calendar reminders (this is already available in Openmoko from what
>  I've read :-D )
>  2) Lists: specifically *Context Sensitive* Lists
>  It seems large part of GTD is simply about making lists:
>  One aspect is listing all projects you are committed to, and defining
>  the next action steps required to push each project towards
>  completion.
>  Another aspect of GTD is that you need to be reminded of things to do,
>  but only in the appropriate context.
>  Depending on the situation you are in, you need to be able to see a
>  list of relevant tasks that need to be completed:
>  At your phone, you might want to check a list of calls you need to
>  make(calls might also go on a calendar if they need to be at specific
>  times).
>  In your car, you might want to check a list of errands you need to run.
>  At home, you might want to check a list of things that can only be
>  accomplished at home.
>  At a computer, ...
>  etc.
>  What do you think?
>  -Hans Loeblich
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