After three posts on organizing my church’s pastoral team (Count’em: one, two and three…), I’ve been inundated with suggestion for more GTD app (Getting Things Done) solutions. Clearly, you guys like productivity.
Well, I can dig it.
Now, what’s a blogger to do when the audience gives him so many awesome suggestions?
Do a round-up! (A round-up, in case you’re wondering, is a blog post that quickly reviews several different items.)
Will this be in-depth and well-researched? Certainly not. Will it be concise and riddled with misconceptions and generalizations? Most probably. Ok. Enough disclaimer. Let’s do this!
When I logged into Trello with my Google account, I was pleasantly surprised. I forgot that my pastor and I tried Trello a few years ago. We found the set-up a bit convoluted and not intuitive. At the time, we were in the midst of an interim period and didn’t want to waste time explaining it to the staff.
Looking at it now, I still think it’s overly complex, but if your team is young and quick on the uptake, then Trello might work out quite well for you. It is a free system, which is always nice. And for those organizations with money to spend there’s a business upgrade available ($200/year or $25/month) that opens up Google Apps integration and other delights.
If something were going to lure me away from Things & Wunderlist, it would be Asana. It’s got a more traditional set-up than Trello, which lowers the learning curve and makes it easier to see what’s on my plate in an instant. Asana has an iOS app, which is a huge plus since a GTD solution really needs to be totally integrated into my smartphone. Of course, Trello also has an app, but again, the way Trello is set-up just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m just too old for this newfangled style of design. Shoot, I’m nearly 30! Sadly, though, there’s drawback to all the traditional beauty that is Asana. The service is free for up to a little more than a dozen users. After that, the price escalates pretty quickly.
Here’s the one flaw that I see in Flow—see what I did there?—it’s the price or at least that there is one. See, one of the bigger criteria for my GTD solution is that it needs to be free. I don’t have the money to get that organized. All kidding aside, Flow costs $9.99 per month for a single-person account. If you add some teammates, they give you a decent discount (30% for up to three people or 50% for up to 10 people). Aside from the cost, Flow looks good. Really good. Plus, it has a native Mac app to go along with the iOS app. Now, we’re talking integration!
I’m saving the best for the last, though I didn’t realize that when I outlined this post! Producteev is clean, powerful, and totally, perpetually free! It’s go an iOS and Mac app, like Flow, but as I just said, it’s F-R to the Double E…FREE!
Seriously though, I really love how Producteev looks, how it works, and that fact that it’s totally unlimited for no money. I was impressed that I downloaded the Mac app. I just might have to recommend it to my pastor for use instead of Wunderlist. In fact, I know I am.
So there you go. Just one man’s opinion. Feel free to critique or comment below.