Pen & Paper GTD.
My personal GTD system have gone through a lot of changes during the last 12 months. I have written about my history with GTD in the past, but I think I’ll start with going through the history.
I used to have my custom GTD system, with a few text files and some custom Perl scripts back when I was on Linux. It was great. It was what I needed back then.
Then I moved on to using Remember The Milk in 2009. Before I started using Things in 2010, and then I went back to RTM. And then I landed on OmniFocus.
I never move on to something different because I think I’ll be more productive. I always move on to something different because I’m not happy with how the system itself is.
But the last year have been different. First I used a combination of OF and notebooks. It was a mess, and completely broken. Then I moved on to a combination of TaskPaper and Reminders. And back to OF for a few months.
I love OmniFocus, and I think the last version of OF for OS X is great, but it isn’t for me. It’s just too much. So, I went back to playing with the old combination of TaskPaper and Reminders a month ago.
Then I played around with just using Reminders. And a combination of Clear and Reminders.
Here is the thing. There are no single app that covers everything I need at this point. I want something simple that can handle a GTD like system with a lot of lists / projects.
Then I realised something. About 1-5% of my tasks have due dates or are reoccurring. Reminders can handle that in a usable way.
So, I just picked up a large notebook. And went through all the tasks I had in Clear and removed everything irrelevant, and wrote the rest in that notebook.
There are a few great “systems” for doing GTD-like systems with pen and paper. My favourites are The Dash Plus System and The Bullet Journal. And I have implemented a combination of the two.
It’s simple. It’s flexible. And it works, for me.