TimeGT is an Estonian project that is most likely going to spinoff from a software company Codehoop. The project’s aim itself is to create and capitalise on the personal task management market. I’ve been looking for a product like this for quite some so I know the general ups and downs of the tools out there. While the product is still in its early infancy it has a lot of promise in becoming a widespread tool.
Currently I’m using Things, which is perhaps the most known personal task management tool out there. Even in Things there are a ton of unharnessed possibilities and it seems that the development has completely stopped after they made a commercial version of their product. This is something that TimeGT has taken into account in their service nicely. Currently, there are two versions of TimeGT available, a free and a premium one (4,95€ a month). In the premium one you get to vote on new features that ought to be developed.
Another note worthy issues is that the team has enabled commercialisation very early one, something I personally like to see. Although there isn’t quite that much value just yet, I could see myself paying the monthly subscription if they are able to finetune the value-prop for individuals like me.
So what is TimeGT all about then? I’ve come to realise that one of the corner stones of creating a personal task management application is that it needs to run on your computer locally. Why? When you need to jot something down, it takes too much time to flick to the browser tab and wait for the service interactions online. There is a clear advantage in doing things locally.
After installing the application, which by the way works for all platforms (although I’m not sure many non tech-savy people are able to run the right Java file from all the folders in the package – a lot of room for improvement here), I created an account on their website and was ready to start posting todo-items. While there is no clear advantage for the user in creating the online account with TimeGT, I can see the marketing value in being able to follow the user activities. Below’s the application UI when you sign on (with one todo-item from myself).
There are a few very clear improvements over the other personal task management software. One which I personally like to see is the amount of time I’m putting into certain tasks. This can be adjusted by the duration options in the middle. Secondly, there are very nice additions to David Allen’s Getting Things Done techniques. While many applications use the date specific ways to prioritize todo-items, TimeGT has taken this further. You are able to mark items in three different ways: “in progress”, “important” and “urgent”. Also the user is able to use a slider to show todo-items from a certain period of time from today, next three days and so on.
I have to say, TimeGT has a lot of potential. It is already far in its development and progress, but there are a few killer features that could make it the best GTD app out there. One of the most asked items has been the possibility to share todo-items between team members. If TimeGT is able to implement social features into their service, it will be miles ahead of its competition.