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02-03-2004, 08:35 AM
I am looking for examples of the way people are currently using GTD, be it electronically or paper.
I have read GTD and Ready for Anything, an am currently taking the Barnes&Noble class on GTD. Sometimes it helps me to see how other people are using it, so I could possible use it in my own system.
I currently use a vanilla PDA system and do carry around a Franklin Covey planner.
I am currently engaging in independent contract work, while looking at other avenues. So I would be interested in sales processes. Also, at home my wife(bless her heart) does have MS and has been rearing its ugly head, so I will address the home projects as much as I can.
Thanks for your input and consideration as foresee my project list greatly increasing, I understand there might be other posts out there I can read and would do so greatly.
02-03-2004, 11:14 PM
For a Palm discussion of working models, you can look at : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GtD_Palm/
02-04-2004, 09:28 AM
Thank you Vincent, I am now a member
02-04-2004, 02:31 PM
In a recent Productivity Principles article our fearless leader David Allen offered the following organizational questions. If you were to figure out a vehicle for each you would have a good start! I'll give you mine.
- I don’t need or want it = trash
I use a trash can!
- I still need to decide what this means to me = IN basket item
I have an envelope called "IN" I carry with me everywhere I go. Also I carry a notebook that serves as my post it note holder (I just use it instead of post-it notes).
- I might need to know this information = reference
Paper files from A to Z and also files on my hard drive called Reference that I have sorted by account names, reference type, etc.
- I use it = equipment and supplies
Pretty straight forward - what I use most is most accessible.
- I like to see it = decoration
When I could possibly move on it, I want to see the action as an option = next action reminder, reviewed when and where it could be done
In my Palm sync'd with Outlook as Todo's
- I need to be reminded of this short-term outcome I’ve committed to = project list item, reviewed weekly
Palm Pilot with a trigger list called Weekly Review that tells me what to look at or in to complete my weekly review. Its posted on this site - I've just personalized mine
- I need to have this when I focus on a project = support material
Paper files and files on my Laptop. Also under notes/memos in palm.
- I might want to commit to this at any time in the future = Someday/maybe list item
- I might want to commit to this on or after a specific time in the future = calendared or “tickled” item incubated for review on a specific future date
- I want to achieve this “bigger” outcome = goals, objectives, visions that you review on some longer interval
- It’s something someone else is doing that I care about = item on Waiting-For list, reviewed at least weekly
- I need to consider it when I do certain recurring activities = item on a checklist
In my palm are a number of checklists that are used to remind the stupid part of me that bounces mindlessly from one thing to the next.
This should give you a pretty good start. You know, some people do extremely well with a paper system. Depends on your mode.
Good luck and I hope you're better at this than I am!