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What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system?

  • Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD

  • Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD

  • "Simpler" systems

  • Different philosophies that can't coexist with most of GTD's principles

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I can recommend Zen to done. –  hellectronic Nov 19 '11 at 20:01
    
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I guess finally they found a productivity system for the One Minute Manager. –  Vic Goldfeld Nov 19 '11 at 10:11

This is something I've thought about for a while. I've read GTD, and appreciate the results it brings, but seems too rigid or structured.

I've since found a few suggestions for simplifying GTD or using a different system system altogether:

There's some interesting ideas in the above, I've yet to decide which one to try (first)...

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Yes, I've designed a system that is far more than a simplification of GTD.

It actually updates the core workflow to reflect the new capabilities of software versus pen and paper.

You can read about it here: http://www.cyborganize.org/clarity/what-is-cyborganize/

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Pretty cool, I like your systemic approach! Covers far more ground than productivity systems for some reason usually venture into. –  Vic Goldfeld Nov 26 '11 at 10:06
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Thanks Vic, I'm open to suggestions for improvement –  Joseph Buchignani Nov 28 '11 at 20:14
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+1 for innovation. –  jurassic Jan 31 '12 at 7:00
    
Excellent innovative ideas about personal workflow but what's a fast way of entering outlines for you may be slow for another. –  ndroock1 May 31 at 9:47

"First Things First" from S. Covey focuses on a weekly view with your goals aside so that you keep the perspective of what really matters.

http://weekplan.net is a web tool that implements that methodology.

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Total, Relaxed Organization may be what you're looking for. It's a distinct time management system that:

  • Blends GTD principles with Covey and other systems by Linenberger, Forster, etc.
  • Is simpler to follow (for example, no 1-hour weekly reviews)
  • Gives specific instructions for thousands of combinations of productivity tools
  • Tracks its results (time gained, stress reduced, etc.)

(Disclosure: I'm one of the creators of the TRO time management system.)

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The life coach Mark Forster has developed several time management techniques that are in the same kind of space as GTD. His methods has evolved over the years, and the latest incarnation is called SuperFocus.

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There are no alternatives to GTD.

David Allen's description of GTD is all encompassing. It is meta. It is the structure upon which all human productivity has depended and will depend on for all eternity. It is the way the brain works. It is the way biology works. It is the way technology and information systems work.

David Allen did not invent GTD. He is a student of GTD and has done a better job at explaining it than most.

Anyone who tells you they have a simpler system for GTD will only present you with a subset of GTD.

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I have started using the tools available via www.workflowy.com

Though not an entire system, it helps me to organize and simplify my task lists, ideas etc. And it is an easily accessible software solution for a brain dump.

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I have found that a date oriented or week view system works best for me. One that let's me see exactly what I have to do today, tomorrow and so on. This way I don't have to "organize" my tasks in to categories or lists.

The apps below all incorporate this ideology in a simple and elegant matter.

I highly suggest this method for students.

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