Tuesday, October 17, 2006

ThinkingRock: a GTD-centric organizer

Before posting a few more sketches, I want to recommend ThinkingRock: it is a free software application for collecting and processing your thoughts, following the GTD methodology. It is simple, easy and quick to use.Overview screen in ThinkingRock, a solid GTD workflow
First, I must say I love their slogan: “If you don't have time to download and use this software then you really need it.”

What ThinkingRock can do for you is better explained quoting the developers’ explanation:

The philosophy of the program is simple: it allows you to collect your thoughts and process them into actions, projects, information or future possibilities. Actions can be done by you, delegated to someone else or scheduled for a particular date. Projects can be organised with ordered actions and sub-projects. You can review all of your actions, projects and other information quickly and easily to see what you need to do or to choose what you want to do at a particular time.Processing thoughts in ThinkingRock
Why we recommend ThinkingRock:
  • It will help you to store in one safe place all the things you have to do or would like to do one day;
  • Unlike many task management applications, ThinkingRock lets you to group your actions in projects and sub-projects;
  • It gets you moving on your thoughts by encouraging you to think of the next physical action to take;
  • It has good on-line help;
  • We provide free customer support;
  • The data file is separate so you can have the application installed on your home computer and at work, and transfer the small data file between computers; or simpler still: run it from your pen (USB) drive;
  • It is multi-platform (Java): use it on Linux, Machintosh, or Windows;
  • And, best of all: It's free.

I like the export functions of the program: it will generate custom lists of actions, projects with actions sorted by context, an ical calendar with tasks and events, and even print in a Pocketmod format. It’s a great piece of software!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what's going on with the Thinking Rock and their website? It's been down the last few days.

Silvia said...

There was excessive traffic, the site was down. It is ok now.

Thanks, Joan, what a beautiful chart of TR. (I underestand you made it)

I like to see your sketches. I like very much this humorous approach!
For me it is the kind of lessons that helps me accept some uncouncious resistance.

Silvia

Joan said...

Thanks for the kind words, Silvia. Actually, the Thinkingrock chart is a screenshot of what the program displays when you run it (a good reminder of the GTD process every time you use TR).
The Thinking Rock site seems to be getting a deluge of visits lately. This may cause some problem, that's for sure.

Koenie said...

After having tried several programs for collecting my GTD-stuff, I've found ThinkingRock being the best!
It has a very intuitive interface, guides you very well to the process from start to end, does some nice reporting (pocketmod included), is free, and so on...
Nice work!!

Jamin Ellis said...

ThinkingRock is becoming my central piece of software these days. It is a great way to capture everything, and the ability to print out a pocketmod is perfect for when you are aware from the computer.

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