It’s the New Year and maybe you’ve woken up today and looked at your GTD/todo list and thought it’s needs a review itself. A deep cleanse, not just a weekly review or a tidy up of your contexts, or a re-think of how to handle agendas, no. You decide you’d like to try a new productivity platform.
Cost of Ownership
Investing in GTD apps can be expensive, whether your outlaying for a yearly subscription or a one off app theres nearly always hidden costs involved. Want an iPhone app also? iPad? Android? You’d like to sync? Nested projects? Of course sir, it’s all yours for only a few $’s more….
So I decided to create a little spreadsheet that gives an estimate of cost for 12 months using each of the big GTD/Todo applications available today, there were a few surprises, for instance I didn’t really think that I’d invested so much money in a few apps I no longer use!
Average GTD system ownership cost
My estimate of total ownership is based on the persons needs, a fairly standard GTD’er I imagine, lets call him ‘GTD Dave’.
- Main desktop App needed. (Or Web app if Desktop is not available)
- OTA Syncing service needed.
- One mobile application needed. (iPhone version if it’s available, it’s what GTD Dave has, he told me)
- Upgrade to Pro version access power features.
This I hope gives a good view of what a standard GTD setup would cost ’GTD Dave” for 12 months at a minimun, yes some Apps do not need a subscription so they can potentially out last 12 months, but even standalone apps seem to grow and before long you get the opportunity to upgrade to Version 2.0, at a small cost. (Im looking at you Omnifocus!)
So click the table below to see the real cost of GTD applications.
I know, I know… as a GTD system it fails, but I included it as it does give an amazing sync service across lost of hardware (Linux included!) but for the princley sum of $0. No news on how much it’s big brother Wunderkit will cost, but hopefully it will give a better GTD experience.
From $0 to +$100
So how much is a GTD system worth to you? Some would baulk at +$100 for a set of tools to keep you organised, others think that less than $2 a week is a steal for any sort of productivity sanity. Personally I fall into the later, finding a GTD setup that works for me has proved priceless!
Wait you missed…..
Let me know if I’ve missed your favorite GTD app, it’s a living Google Document that I aim to update from time to time, so please let me know of any omissions in the comments below.