Todo list apps. Reminder apps. Task and project manager apps. They’re everywhere and range in price from free to second mortgage class. Interestingly, those Mac users that seem to me to be the most productive and efficient use a different method. And it’s free.
Getting Things Done
Through much of my adult life I’ve plowed my way through on todo list manager after another in a seemingly vain attempt to be more efficient and productive.
I tried a few Mac GTD apps years ago. One was called iGTD which was free, but the developer found employment elsewhere and stopped work on the app.
In the interim I’ve tried others, only to be disappointed. Inbox Classic is the gateway drug for Mac users to move into GTD, but it has some surprising usefulness.
First, Inbox is a to-do list manager, an organizer of tasks and projects the GTD way. It’s fun to use on your Mac, and it’s free. For now.
Inbox features a nearly automatic workflow which takes simple input, organizes tasks appropriately, and sets up the proper context for action.
The inbox metaphor makes it easy to take the ever growing stack of todo items and organize them visually to see what needs to be done now, later, or at specific context times.
Organizing Inbox Classic is straightforward, with the sidebar home to collections of tasks, processes, review items, work items, even reference and archives.
Details for work items are a click away. Another click gives you a full view of which items need attention now or later. Inbox fully adheres to the Getting Things Done context method.
So, what’s missing? It’s the 21st century. It’s a mobile world. We’re not tied down to our Macs anymore. That’s why there’s also a Midnight Inbox app for iPad and iPhone.
It, too, works similar to the free Mac Inbox app, and it shares task and todo data with other iPhones or iPads using iCloud. What’s wrong? The Inbox Classic version for the Mac does not sync up with the Midnight Inbox apps for iPhone and iPad.
The developer plans a Midnight Inbox app for the Mac that will sync with the app on iOS devices. For now, Inbox Classic remains a good way to get started using GTD for free. If you like it, try the iPhone or iPad version, but be patient on a Mac version that syncs with the mobile versions.