Backpack: I still don’t get it

37Signals’ Backpack is the current darling of the GTD crowd. The praise and joy is flooding through the universe as the influencers and blogerati espouse this new saviour. One example here.
Maybe I still don’t get it. Maybe I never will.
It’s a ToDo list. Electronic ToDo lists don’t do it for me. I think I live a very digital life. But electronic organizing tools have never helped me get organized. I have to go through the act of writing the task or action down in a physical format for it to be real.
When I look at something like BackPack, I realize that my HipsterPDA is far better at helping me be organized.
Turning on my laptop or PDA to see my ToDo list? No. That is not getting things done. I see that as letting the tool get in the way of the next action.
This is how I get organized. Others obviously find BackPack useful.
For me, GTD is about freeing myself from the burden of my digital life, not tying myself to it more and more. And in order to do that, all I need is deck of blank 3X5 index cards and a Moleskine (Ok, a large supply of both!).


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4 Replies to “Backpack: I still don’t get it”

  1. Backpack: I still don’t get it[Source: The Newest Industry] quoted: For me, GTD is about freeing myself from the burden of my digital life, not tying myself to it more and more. And in order to do that, all I need is deck of blank 3X5 index cards and a Moleskine (Ok, a large supply…

  2. Backpack: I still don’t get it[Source: The Newest Industry] quoted: For me, GTD is about freeing myself from the burden of my digital life, not tying myself to it more and more. And in order to do that, all I need is deck of blank 3X5 index cards and a Moleskine (Ok, a large supply…

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