5 Powerful App Features to Get Things Done Naturally

- An Ultimate Productivity Approach.

GTD devotees know that there are 5 phases to mastering workflow - Collect, Process, Organize, Review, and Do. But how you apply technology to the task of actually putting these 5 phases into practice?

We propose a system that takes an organic view of productivity to more truly reflect how we get things done in life. This system takes into account all the real-life elements of getting things done – things beyond notes and lists of tasks. For example, with something as complex as planning an event (like a birthday party or wedding), going on a family vacation, or embarking on a large household project (major landscaping improvements),  tasks and notes with simple reminders only take you so far. Many more elements are involved, such as services utilized, managing the providers for those services, shopping, bookmarks, sharing with and managing event co-hosts, travel companions, or project team-mates, in addition to a comprehensive calendar view of everything with proper reminders.

LifeTopix does 5 things to make it all come together more naturally.

  1. Quick Inbox
  2. Touchpoints
  3. Dashboards
  4. Device Integration
  5. Social Collaboration

Let’s quickly take a look at each concept.

1. Quick Inbox

It’s not just about quickly entering something to be processed later. It’s about capturing an item that can become anything – a project, a trip, and event, etc. While it resides in the Quick Inbox, it can be marked as something to be done soon, or someday, it can be given a type from the beginning, it can be converted later into a specific type, and it can be managed in the inbox to track the next action date, while simultaneously being managed from whatever topic the item got converted into.

2. Touchpoints

Once it’s converted, the ability to associate all items with it in the app as it naturally does in real life, is key. To be able to manage shopping for a trip from within the trip, manage tasks, reminders, checklists, appointments, bookmarks, media, services, providers, notes, files, and share with participants from within the trip, from the same app, is priceless. Touchpoints are exactly that.

3. Dashboards

Across everything you are doing/planning/thinking, across everything you need to know, configurable dashboards put it all together in helpful panes like What’s Next, Recently Updated, and Quick Access to the most popular items from a a single place. The power of expensive business apps in the palm of your hands for organizing your personal life redefines what a top productiviy app does.

4. Device Integration

Use the contacts in your device directly, while knowing how the people in your life are associated with things you do over time – trip companions, event attendees/hosts, task owners, project mates, service relationships (doctors. plumbers, etc). Take advantage of the device calendar in a way that fully integrates it with all things managed in the app. Utilize location to know errands, shopping and other location relevant items. Whether at home or on the go, get more from your device to manage the information in your life.

5. Social Productivity

Facebook, Twitter, MobileMe, Google Docs, Dropbox – the list keeps growing. By using your favorite social and cloud apps directly from the things you do and need to know, usher in a level of productivity impossible to imagine with simple apps that do one thing only – like manage tasks, or keep lists, or just jot down notes. Go pro. Check out LifeTopix – tell us what more you want from this new kind of app.

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  1. Netjera says:

    I wondered if there was any way to mail something INTO Lifetopix? For example, a common workaround for those of us who use Siri, is to have Siri send mail to (SpringPad, Evernote, etc). This creates a note or whatever, automatically, because items emailed into the app are converted automatically. All you have to do is add the app email address to your contacts. So, “Siri, send email to Evernote saying “Do research on Lifetopix” later today.” would open the Evernote contact, then email Evernote with the to-do “Do research on Lifetopix later today.” and it would show up in the Evernote inbox. Since Lifetopix already has an Inbox, and works on GTD, being able to do this would be a great workaround till full Siri integration could happen.

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    • LifeTopix Support says:

      Hi Netjera,
      Thanks for the suggestion and scenario, and we completely agree! Our plans are twofold on this – consumption of emails (regardless of Siri), and consumption of emails composed and sent via Siri. We plan to consume such emails from LifeTopix to make it a lot easier to get information in (for various types of things). We plan to start rolling out these features this quarter, and improve on it with user feedback over time.
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow

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