Time management: Get productive with Nozbe, the best cross platform GTD app!

Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.
The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, Dropbox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.
The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a big timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.
You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and contexts) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!


Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Andriod phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.

The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, DropBox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.

The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.

You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and context) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!

The New Nozbe 2.0 iPhone App: Review and What I think about it!

On May 11th, 10 days after my ‘The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.’ post, Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

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On May 11th Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

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I added 1 2 3 4 5 above the icons in the picture above. These figures match the list hereunder.

  1. Go to the Home screen (this screen)
  2. Show the Next Actions
  3. Sync with Nozbe online
  4. Add New action/Note/Project or Context (see extra screenshot) (Power Add Button)
  5. Add an Action

screenshot of menu item 4 Power add Button:

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Adding a new action (5) will add a new action in the current Project. You can enter a description and Edit the Details.
In the details you can easy check it as done, make a Next Action of that Action, assign it to somebody else (remark:your Project where you create this action in must be shared) or add a comment. It is also possible to change the Project, add one or more contexts, set a time for that action, enter a Due Date with or without an hour(extra screenshot) and there are very nice and easy to use buttons to set the due day to Next Monday, Tuesday, … of Next day, week, month or year) and you can also define a recurrence.

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When adding a new Project, you can edit the details.
In these details you can specify a label, you can Share it and make it your Inbox.When you want to share the Project with somebody you didn’t share anything with before, you can invite that person via an email. This is all pretty straightforward.

Adding a note will bring you to the Edit note page, but it is strange that this doesn’t use the Inbox, but uses a random Project (at least, I didn’t found a pattern in it except it uses the same Project)

Adding New Context will allow you to create a new Context and assign an icon to it.

What does this mean?

It will definitely be easier to use Nozbe on an iPhone. The fact that you can use Nozbe on iPhone without having to create a Nozbe account might be a step forward to have somebody use it without registration, but then the price of the App would obstruct this advantage.

The navigation and collaboration features are really nice and being able to comment on your tasks might be useful in some cases.

Being able to sync files within the App is certainly a great feature. Now you carry your presentations, documents, .. with you, attached to the Project. I was only able to open a Word document (.doc) and a PDF. These files failed:  and docx, ppt(x)(s) failed when I created these document in my Office 2010. I could not open them in the iPhone App.

What I think :

This is definitely a fantastic step forward for Nozbe iPhone users. The new layout is easy to use and gives peace of mind. The collaboration functions (delegate) and comments is also a nice features.

The fact that you can carry files with you in your trusted GTD system would be just great if it worked like it should. I’m not quite sure if this is a Apple, Nozbe or Microsoft Office 2010 issue.

Since this is the first release of V2.0, there is some serious margin for improvements. Here is a list of improvements I would like to see.

Wish list: (in order of importance for me)

  1. In the Next Actions overview the project should be listed somewhere (next to the Context icon?)
  2. Integration with Evernote®
  3. It should be possible to filter on context in the Next Actions overview.
  4. Adding an action should also be possible in horizontal mode. Now it is just modifying an action that is horizontal-enable.
    In fact, I think the whole application should be available in horizontal mode
  5. Notifications on iPhone (overview of what has a deadline that day)
  6. Notification via :Direct message on Twitter, email, text, ..
  7. Nozbe users should have the ability to upload their own icons,
  8. The Help functions is acting not logical. It starts with the Add New Action, then moves left to the Sync, then left to Home, then right to Next Actions and then right to Add more. Even I move my finger each time from right to left on the screen.

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Using Email and Nozbe : One page to master it all

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

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Nozbe translations. My engagement to help the translations to Dutch

A few weeks ago I started (re)using Nozbe after my "Remember The Milk" pro- account was expired. This forced me to use Nozbe more intensive and I also engaged myself to the community to translate from English to Dutch.
I started actively and translated some chapters and received an E-mail from Delfina asking if I would like to be a moderator for my language. This would basically mean, I’d not only translate, but also "take care" of the translation in my language together with the Nozbe team. Hereunder I have posted an overview of the topics I’ve translated. Please note, that I started a few weeks ago, and I didn’t logged the topics I have translated in April. Now I started a project in Nozbe, shared it with Michael and we now keep track of (my) translation work. I must say, it is not always easy to translate, because sometime you see just a bunch of words, and you can’t always place it in the correct context. On the other hand, I would like to encourage more translators to translate! It I a huge job, and the sooner we get this done, the sooner we’ll see out beloved Nozbe in our own language.

Topic

Translation date

Aff(iliates)

April 2010

Atimer

April 2010

Duef

April 2010

Size

April 2010

Format

April 2010

Login

May 1, 2010

SEO

May 1, 2010

Forum3

May 1, 2010

Extras

May 1, 2010

Message

May 1, 2010

Biz

May 1, 2010

Feed

May 1, 2010

Task

May 1, 2010

Context 

May 2 , 2010

Newindex

May 3, 2010

Gobiz

May 3,2010

Print 

May 3,2010

Newtour 

May 3, 2010

   
 
Update : Since a few days the Dutch translations are finished. They are ready for production and I hope Michael will release them soon.

A few weeks ago I started (re)using Nozbe after my "Remember The Milk" pro- account was expired. This forced me to use Nozbe more intensive and I also engaged myself to the community to translate from English to Dutch. I started actively and translated some chapters and received an e-mail from Delfina asking if I would like to be a moderator for my language. This would basically mean, I’d not only translate, but also "take care" of the translation in my language together with the Nozbe team. I will post an overview of the topics I’ve translated. Please note, that I started a few weeks ago, and I didn’t logged the topic I’ve been translating in April. Now I started a project in Nozbe, shared it with Michael and we now keep track of (my) translation work. I must say, it is not always easy to translate, because sometime you see just a bunch of words, and you can’t always place it in the correct context. On the other hand, I would like to encourage more translators to translate! It I a huge job, and the sooner we get this done, the sooner we’ll see out beloved Nozbe in our own language.

Topic

Translation date

Aff(iliates)

April 2010

Atimer

April 2010

Duef

April 2010

Size

April 2010

Format

April 2010

Login

May 1, 2010

SEO

May 1, 2010

Forum3

May 1, 2010

Extras

May 1, 2010

Message

May 1, 2010

Biz

May 1, 2010

Feed

May 1, 2010

Task

May 1, 2010

Context

May 2 , 2010

Newindex

May 3, 2010

Gobiz

May 3,2010

Print

May 3,2010

Newtour

May 3, 2010

   

Update : Since a few days the Dutch translations are finished. They are ready for production and I hope Michael will release them soon.

The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.

Today Michael Sliwinski  posted a new blog post on Nozbe.

For me the interesting part (at this moment) is the paragraph about the new iPhone. Nozbe has set up a partnership with Macoscope, a Polish software house that is specialized in development for the Apple platform.

The last modifications were done and the new Nozbe iPhone application is submitted to the Appstore. I can’t wait to start using it. It will be a paying App, and I hope it will not cost too much, but it will definitely add value to the Nozbe application. I’m currently using the version 1.0.2 which is a quite simple application that lacks lots of functionality. Continue reading

Nozbe and what to do on your IPhone when you changed you passwordNozbe and what to do on your IPhone when you changed you password

I started testing with a free account of NOZBE and Since i am an Iphone user, installed the application on my Iphone. After changing the password in the webinterface of Nozbe my Iphone didn’t sync anymore because of the password mismatch.

On my iphone I couldn’t find the screen where I could change of enter my username and or password, so I started googling for it. After somewhate more then 10 minutes the answer was clear. Currenlty you can’t change your password on the  Iphone.  It is documented in the forum.

The workaround is to de-instal NOZBE on your Iphone and reinstall it from the Appstore. Ofcourse no data is lost since everything is stored on the NOZBE servers.