July 2016 Update

Posted 07/10/16 by James and filed under:

As we head into the second half of 2016, we want to provide an update on what is going on with all things GTDNext.

Over the past couple of years, our focus has been on adding basic features that most people expect in a GTD solutions.  Right out of the gate GTDNext offered several features not normally seen in productivity solutions with the ability to have unlimited depth of outlines and inline editing of tasks.  We then focused on adding many of the basic features one would expect in a task management app.

Over this last year, we spent a lot of time working on a native mobile solution to GTDNext. While we made some good progress on that solution, we often got pulled away to either put our fires or add small improvements that customers were asking us to add.  Now, based on resources and priorities we’ve made the difficult decision to place that effort temporarily on hold.  We do want to start working on it again and soon.  In fact, we are actively looking to add a great mobile developer to our team to help make things go faster. If you know of such a person, please contact us to discuss possible arrangements.

In the last two years, we have worked to add tons of features to GTDNext, but we have purposefully not spent a lot of time improving the user interface (UI).  Today the GTDNext look is a bit “old school”.  With our current team size, we prioritized features over making the UI look super slick. However, the longer we keep the old-school looks, the more apparent, it is becoming that to take GTDNext to the next level we need to give our users a slick modern-day look and feel. We knew we need to get this done and soon.  But when?

As we worked through creating our mobile app, we realized that finishing that mobile app would mean we were stuck with that old UI look and feel for quite a bit longer.  Then as soon as we finished the new UI, we would need to update the mobile app again. That would be a lot of wasted work, and the priority should be on giving users the web UI they deserve.  With this in mind, we decided to put a halt to the mobile work. We will come back to that as soon as we finish our new UI. Or even sooner if we can find the right mobile dev to add to our team.

Over the past several months we brought on a top notch UI designer who has been working with us to modernize the look and feel of GTDNext. The new look is amazing, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. We are still a ways off from revealing the new look; however progress is being made daily.

Looking forward the future looks bright for GTDNext.  We continue to get new users every day. Existing users continue to renew, (thank you!) and we couldn’t be more excited about the ideas and features we have been discussing and wanting to implement. The new website UI is the first step in that process.

On the personal front, Sergio and I are both doing well. Sergio recently made a big move to a new country and is learning to play the guitar.  James is having a blast watching his son play baseball this summer and trying not to think about his daughter starting her senior year of high school in the fall. We both continue to be one hundred percent invested in making GTDNext the best productivity tool on the market. Because we are a bootstrap company, we have the ability to continue to work on this project with no oversight by institutional investors. We are in this for the long haul!

Thank you for being a GTDNext user and fan!

James and Sergio

  • Rafael Garcia

    Before for anyone starts to dump grief on you regarding the mobile app, I just like to voice my support and appreciation for the product. Many other groups have tried to build great GTD apps, and most have failed. Sergio and James seem to bring a realistic attitude and sustained commitment to their product development. I think the future is bright.

  • Oh sure, tell us about this update and make us wait to see it. No pictures or anything. No fair teasing 🙂

    • Ha, sorry we might share some as we get closer. 🙂

  • Andreas

    If this new slick UI is good on small devices then the halt on the mobile apps is not that critical IMO. =)

    • Thanks Andreas – the new UI will be responsive, so the idea is that it could be used on a mobile device. However we know that a large portion of users will still want native apps so we will start that work again when we can. Anyone know of a great mobile dev not looking for a startup payout? 🙂

  • John Smith

    I have been extremely torn by GTDNext.

    A year ago for me personally, the lack of an mobile app would have been a deal-breaker, however knowing what I know now, I am now DELIGHTED to hear that GTDNext has abandoned their app (for now)!

    I have tried a large number of ‘productivity tools’ and to be honest, I have passionately hated almost all of them!

    When I initially tried GTDNext I had great hopes of it, but there were just too many rough edges for me and development slowed become to an unacceptably slow pace.

    In the end, I have ended up using MLO which is said to be “the tool people end up with after trying all the others”. It is certainaly an extremely mature, extremely adaptable, extremely functional in many ways (e.g. “multi-task editing” – will the new UI have that I wonder?). However after many months of struggle it has become clear that – unlike GTDNext – that MLO has a stupid underlying database structure that cripples its usefulness for me.

    I have asked around on GTD-related forums and it seems that despite 100s (literally!) of competitors, even now there is still nothing better out there.

    Right now I remain a subscriber to GTDNext and I dip in and out of it from time to time to check progress, however I limp on with MLO using it as a very basic task list editor.

    I try to resist the temptation to use it in yet another completely different way that might work better for me. (Fwiw, I have tried about 4 or 5 such major reconfigurations of all my task/project data e.g. using flags and/or tags in new ever more cunning ways… but all of which have ultimately been waste of my precious time!)

    Anyhow, “power to your elbow” James, Sergio & GTDNext!

    And if you’d like help with a spot of light beta testing do let me know. 🙂

    • As always, thanks John for the detailed feedback. One of the reasons I started GTDNext was because of the exact reasons you mention. I had tried ALL the major and most of the minor solutions on the market before I decided that I had the right tech experience and productivity knowledge to start something like this myself. So I know your pain! We may have a few beta folks involved, so we will contact you when we are ready for that. thx

  • Gary in FL

    OK, no troll here, I’m just trying to gain information. I am not (yet) a subscriber to GTDNext, but I’ve read Allen’s book (several times), and I’m constantly looking for a better way to implement GTD, and I’d like to ask some questions. My aim is to learn why people who use GTDNext are so happy with it.

    I have already signed up for Nirvana (Nirvanahq.com), which already has mobile apps. I’m only getting started with it, so there’s not much commitment yet on my part. I sincerely want to know why, when you do have an iOS app eventually, it will be better than theirs. Maybe you don’t know for sure yet, but can you give me any hypothetical reasons to favor your future app over this existing one? Will you offer features Nirvana currently doesn’t offer?

    Secondly, and more importantly, I am committed to Evernote. Like, seriously committed. Please, please, please tell me you are envisioning some kind of substantial integration with EN, at least at some point in the future, and not just by copying EN note links; I can copy note links into damn near anything. That almost doesn’t count as integration.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this. Cheers!

    • Hi Gary. Thanks for reading the blog and taking time to post!

      Let me take a crack at answering your questions. Before I started GTDNext I was a user of productivity tools just like yourself and have honestly used pretty much every solution on the market. I continue to check in on the other solutions as well, to make sure I keep aware of what everyone is doing.

      Nirvana is a great app and might be perfect for you. I’m not into bashing the other apps. They all have some great features.

      Instead I’ll tell you about the problems we were trying to solve in creating GTDNext. After using all the other products on the market, I created a list of problems i wanted to solve. Here are a couple:
      1) Speed. If it takes too long to do something in a task management app then eventually you will stop using it. This is why GTDNext uses in-line text editing. You can click on any task in your view and edit the information. You can add new tasks just by pressing enter at the end of a task and start typing. This was very important to us.
      2) Sub-Projects – From the beginning GTDNext has been designed to allow you to have any level of sub-projects that you desire. You can have 20 (or more) if you so desire. I always found planning large projects to be very frustrating in other applications.
      3) GTD “rules” – Most applications don’t follow GTD very well. We’ve tried very hard to follow the GTD principles in GTDNext. We have a next action list that is automatically created, based on your project settings. We think we do this in a smart and flexible way. Most apps don’t automatically create a next list for you. You have to manually “star” different tasks.

      Thanks a small list of some of the features we have built that we think make us a good choice for people who take productivity serious and plan to use a task manager on a daily basis.

      Hope that helps!
      James

  • Jake

    I would like to see a native android app for 2 reasons:
    1. I want a widget to see my current focus list without having to open the app. This is basically the reason I’m looking outside of NirvanaHQ.
    2. I need to be able to access my stuff when I’m offline (which I am most of the time).