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Old 01-22-12, 03:51 AM
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GTD with ADHD (software systems)

Dear folks –

I am trying to create a task list/reminder system to manage both the ordinary chaos of a busy life with a lot of projects and the special additional burden of severe ADHD, inattentive type. I am switching from a Blackberry to either an iPhone on an android phone, and I am trying to figure out whether I can get the special features I need on either one. I have been doing a lot of research and so far have not found the combination that I need, and am appealing to this list for help and advice.

Basically, I want the usual task list/priority/date stuff, and also three special features that I feel I need to manage my distractibility. These are:
  1. It should nag me, so that the people in my life do not have to. Specifically, it should have audible and popup nag reminders at both my windows desktop and on my phone, at intervals I can set, that repeat until I tell it to stop. Sometimes this is called a “snooze” feature, but not everything called a snooze can actually do this job.
  2. Delivery of reminders must be highly reliable, so that I count on them. In particular:
    a. The software must provide the reminders (audible and popup) whether or not the application is open or active. This means some part of it must run in background on both computer and phone, or that the reminders must be driven externally, like push email or SMS messages.
    b. The desktop must work when there is no internet connectivity (which is often, since I work on a laptop) and the phone app must work when there is no wireless signal. I believe this means that each must maintain a local copy of my tasks and calendar.
  3. I need one system, not two. I know myself well enough to realize that I would get hopelessly tangled If I tried to maintain two separate with different procedures or different databases. Whatever I enter into the desktop has to synch frequently and automatically with the phone, and visa versa. In addition, it would be a benefit, though I do not say it is absolutely essential, if the interfaces to the desktop and phone version of the system were reasonably similar in logic, capabilities, and visual icons and metaphors.

Do people agree that this is a sensible set of special feature demands for a task/GTD system for someone with ADD? Does anyone know of an application that will do these things, or a set of applications that will do them jointly?

My research to date: Although I have not tested all of them, I believe the following phone apps offer a nag feature such as the one I describe above:
Pocket Informant (Blackberry, Android, iPhone)
DTG GTD (Android)
Ultimate To-Do List (Android)
Astrid (Android)

I thought for a while that my system would center on Toodledo, a very capable web-based task list and scheduler that synchs with all three of the above, but it does not seem to have any form of snooze on its alarms. The only desktop program I have found that maintains a local copy of the schedule and has the nag feature is Microsoft Outlook. I do not currently use Outlookk, and it is quite expensive, so I would rather not. But I will if I have to.

I would be very grateful for any advice or pointers anyone has to offer. I will post whatever I settle on here, and then offer an account of my experience after I have worked with it for a while.

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Re: GTD with ADHD (software systems)

I still kick it "old school" with post-its and pencils, so I'm not much help with tech stuff. But I can tell you that you're in a great community to find others with similar interests and/or experience in using those thingamajigees.

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Re: GTD with ADHD (software systems)

Thanks, Unmanageable! Good to hear!

Did I post this in the right forum? I expected a few more people to have ideas, suggestions or opinions.

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