I have to add my brilliant opinions to both Mike and Timâ€™s post about GTD. GTD sounds like yet another framework to waste ones money. This is going to surprise little Mikey, but I no longer advocate the use of PDA for many of the same reasons you have listed in the earlier post. I have purchased three PDAs over the past 12 years. I was one of the first users of the modern PDA in that I was stupid enough to purchase the Apple Newton while in college. The Apple Newton was considered as portable as cell-phones were in the early 1980s â€“ like talking on a grey masonry brick. I used the Newton for a entire three weeks before shoving into my dorm roomâ€™s desk drawer.
Once in the world of big business, as I held down my first management level position, I decided to purchase a Handspring Deluxe PDA. I purchased this sometime in 1998 and thought I would give the PDA another chance since I was now required to schedule 60 or more employees on a weekly basis. This experience was much more positive in that I relied on my Handspring and used it daily to schedule, remind, and contact clients and employees. I even bought a carrying case so I could be a true geek and carry it on my hip throughout the day. The Handspring lost its appeal with me sometime in 2001. So I was consistent with its use for almost four years.
Fast forward to 2004, I started a new career and had a nice cash flow along with a fairly intensive travel schedule for the new job. Hence I decide to purchase a PDA for when I travel so that I can surf the internet and use e-mail while on the road (as long as there is a WIFI hotspot). I bought a HP Pocket PC 5150 (I think thatâ€™s the model). C-Net had rated it as the top PDA but also one of the most expensive. It has a built in keyboard, million color display, WIFI (802.11b), Bluetooth, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, a MP3 player with built in headphone jack,web browser, and still a shit load of memory. Anyway, I have used it when ever I fly out of state and it performs wonderfully as I can check and write e-mail and still get my daily fill of CNN.com and PROTOZOIC.COM. Okay, it did cost as much as a low end laptop would cost, but at the same time my gimpy ass canâ€™t lug around a laptop when I travel – so the Pocket PC was the way to go. This said, I donâ€™t use the Pocket PC for day to day scheduling and to do task. The Pocket PC just sits on my desk as a paperweight as I use a good ole fashion uni-ball gel impact 1.0mm pen and notebook pads and index cards. To keep my life in order I use Outlook on my PC at work. Its synced up to the World Wide Web so I can check or edit my schedule or contacts anywhere in the world. So what is the point of my ranting? Buy a couple nice pens (but not too nice cos youâ€™ll lose them too!) and some notepads. I have learned by experience. While Mikey wonâ€™t be getting a PDA I still think getting one tattoo is something everyone should have â€“ even if itâ€™s a simple bar code so the government can better track us.