Hi interesting to see that we might "tick" in a similar fashion. I have started to use a habit former as well (way of life app - quite good but I stopped after a while since it better gets on your radar by itself after a while). Can also recommend the book atomic habits.
Before I went for Nirvana there were so many other things I have tried out. Starting with list apps of course, but in the end those were only lists. I also tried Trello which is a bit better but nothing close to a real GTD app. The big difference is that something like NIrvana (or similar apps) are literally like 3D To do lists. The tagging function which goes perpendicular to just 2D lists through everything which ever might to be done is just so powerful. I also very much like to establish projects and all sorts of lists which are somewhat interrelated.
Incidentally I had also used onenote for a while but then stopped. It´s kind of cool but nothing which can´t be done by windows. I feel that electronically I manage with windows and NIrvana. Then there is outlook. I have tried tasks, calendar, categories, inbox zero. Nothing works for me. it is a burden which can´t be kept up and which for me is not worthwhile.
Forgot to mention that for more complex projects, in particular also for work, I use mindmapping. This is also very good.
Wow, lots of good recommendations. The main things I took away from the post:
- I will try mindmapping. I have seen a few people say it works great for them.
- I have installed a habit-tracking app (HabitHub) and will start using it. It seems like a great addition to my flow and I think does it better than my previous setup for habits in NirvanaHQ.
I think of GTD as an N-dimensional to-do list, with N being the amount of tags, contexts and labels you have
My favorite thing about it is the stress reduction - that wonderful moment when you know you can trust your system so you don't need to worry about keeping everything in your head.