GTD-Free is a multiplatform, free task management application based on the Getting Things Done methodology made famous by productivity consultant David Allen.
When it comes to task management, project management, and to do list management, I feel like I’ve tried nearly EVERY product under the sun. Results range from “not helpful at all” to “Ok I could get used to using this”, but overall I still haven’t found a good replacement for good ol’ fashioned pen & paper (post-it). Until GTD-Free.
GTD-Free, based on David Allen’s unique productivity methodology, brings a fresh way of handling task management to the table. In most other software, you divide up your to do lists by project or category task that you set, and the end result—at least for me—is about a million different lists and not remembering where the heck I put each task.
But with GTD-Free, you start off with a blank slate where you just write any and every task, appointment, ideas, whatever that comes to mind. What you end up with is a literal laundry list of thoughts and things to remember that you can then review and sort into various categories. I found this extremely helpful because I often just need to write things down so I don’t forget, but then I often forget where I put the paper or reminder that was supposed to help me. GTD-Free keeps your thoughts in one neat little spot for you to process later.
The processing stage is great too because it has 3 categories that you are forced to put your tasks into—actions, someday/maybe, and references. From that point, you can also assign due dates, reminder actions, or priority. This was great because it got me thinking about when things could actually happen, rather than just thinking they need to happen at some point.
Ultimately, the power to get things done is up to you and your motivation. But a little nudge along the way never hurt anyone, and GTD-Free is the best organization and management system I have encountered thus far. I might finally be able to ditch post-it notes!
The only negative is that you cannot change or customize the categories or buckets that you place your tasks into. I could see this causing headaches for users who comes from other task management systems, like Asana or Basecamp, where you have complete control over your lists and note-taking.
While I didn’t mind it, it did take me some time to understand and adapt to the GTD methodology. But I liked it and stuck with it because nothing traditional had worked for me in the past. Others who are set with their own methodologies might not like being pushed into this set system.
If you’re in a need of a fresh and unique way to manage your tasks AND actually get things done, GTD-Free is a great application to try. There’s nothing to lose—GTD-Free is FREE and if it works, you’ll boost your productivity. It’s a win-win all around.
GTD-Free aims to guide users to manage very efficient GTD workflow even if they are not familiar with GTD or they need guidance to follow it. The user interface is clean and simple on each step of the workflow: user objective should be to get thing done and spent minimum time with the tool itself. The GTD-Free is in continuous development. Yet the things which are done so far are working well and the application is usable in day-to-day task management even as beta release.