Over a year ago, I heard of Chandler PIM; Chandler aims to be the software incarnation of David Allen’s Getting Things Done philosophy, or GTD. It’s a refreshing take on information management: they merge the concepts of notes, messages, events, and tasks. If you’re curious, I recommend their 3-minute tour or the Chandler “vision.” I used Chandler for a semester, from September to December; however, I decided to switch methods for three reasons:
- While Chandler works fine as a personal PIM, the real “magic” comes as groups collaborate and coordinate projects. (I was using it alone)
- I lacked a mobile device to sync with Chandler. (I didn’t have my calendar and task list with me at all times.)
- Despite their leap from 0.7 Preview to Version 1.0, I don’t think the Desktop app. is polished enough yet, and I don’t think the web-based interface is stable enough. (I’m using Linux; maybe it works fine on a Mac.)
If your work group consists of “information workers,” I recommend you (all) try Chandler for a month or two. If it flows, great; if not, fine. I’d be especially happy to hear your experiences.