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July 10, 2009

Nirvana – Getting Organized

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Nirvana is all about getting things done, in fact it employs the same organizational principles from author David Allen’s wildly successful book, “Getting Things Done”. It comes packed with features that will allow you to clear your head and focus on what really matters. You can, for instance, file your to-do list and organize your tasks by project. The search allows you to find projects and related tasks, and you can also tag your tasks so that they’re easier to find later on. When your tasks are checked off your list, you have the option of putting them in the archive or dragging it to the trash can.

Those are some of the more basic features, but we also like that Nirvana offers the option of delegating tasks to someone else (for those of us already overwhelmed with too much work). And we really like the way Nirvana inserts items into your to-do list as the due date approaches. This means that you have even more time to focus on the tasks at hand, since you don’t have to be thinking about what you need to get done next week. All in all, Nirvana is a great way to stay organized and we’d definitely recommend it.

Practical Uses:

  • Do a complete brain dump of all your current and future actions
  • Plan and organize your summer vacation
  • Delegate work-related tasks to your employees
  • File away your weekly household chore list

Insider Tips:

  • Use the search to find projects and related tasks
  • Tag your tasks for maximum organization
  • Export your tasks with a single click
  • Keep a logbook of completed tasks for future reference

What we liked:

  • Great organization tool
  • Automatically inserts items as due dates approach
  • Excellent resource for both amateurs and professionals

What we didn’t like:

  • Very similar to Cultured Code’s “Things” app

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Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
  • Founded by: Elbert McLaughlin
  • Web site: http://www.nirvanahq.com

Costs:

  • Free