GTD + Blackberry + Lotus Notes

Monday, October 16th, 2006
Here's a useful application for Blackberry users: S4BB recently released Next Action!, a replacement task application for the BlackBerry that claims to make it more GTD friendly.

The web site indicates that this new task application will maintain compatibility with existing desktop applications, such as Outlook and Lotus Notes. I've not had the opportunity to verify this yet, but this sounds like a promising solution for BlackBerry users that use Lotus Notes (with or without the eProductivity Template).

Presently, many of my clients use Lotus Notes and a Palm-based device (e.g. Treo 650/700p) for their task management due to its simple interface and categories that make it easy to implement GTD.

While I am not personally a BlackBerry user I understand that managing GTD-style categories with the BB can be a challenge. I'm curious to see if this product delivers on its promise.

If anyone has first hand experience with this product, please post a comment.

via: Michael Sampson

Discussion/Comments (4):

James Smithson ( 10/16/2006 11:45:32 PM
GTD + Blackberry + Lotus Notes

I would love applications to be more GTD friendly, I can use imagine all the things I can create. As of now I'm stuck with doing things the old way in Blackberry Freeware.

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Randy ( 10/17/2006 6:48:14 AM
GTD + Blackberry + Lotus Notes

You may want to check out Kelly Forrister's blog (from DavidCo [but I'm sure you knew that]). She had a post about using the Bb and GTD with four comments on Oct. 10th.

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Chance Evans ( 10/30/2006 9:58:44 AM
GTD + Blackberry + Lotus Notes

I just got switched from a Treo to a Blackberry due to a change in ownership at my company. I carried a Treo for 2 years and loved the simplicity of it, and how well it worked with the GTD system.

I was not happen when I got the Blackberry and found out that the BB developers completely shorted the Task application. For those who've used the blackberry, you probably know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, I went on the hunt for a third-party app and found NextAction!. I quickly purchased it b/c it didn't give a trial of any kind, however; they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

The guys at NextAction! are on to something, but they are not quite there yet. It does improve on the built-in task manager (you can view all your contexts with a click of a button), but has shortcomings of its own.

First, as of this writing (10/30/06) you can only enter text into the subject of the task when creating a new one or editing an existing task. I very often use the notes field for detailed information. So, I have to fumble my way back to the built in task program to put text into the notes field of a given task. Not a good use of anyone's time.

Second, you can't hide completed tasks. These two things caused me to back out of the product all together and ask for my money back. The developer said they would soon have the ability to hide completed tasks, but I chose to get my money back anyway. At $40, I want a mature product that I can gain benefit from right away.

My 2 cents...

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GTD + Blackberry + Lotus Notes

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