Combine personal and profession life
One of my biggest struggles is combing my personal and professional life into one GTD system. I've always tried to keep them seperate...I never wanted to work to intrude upon my personal life. Unfortunately, my job is forcing itself into my personal time. Any tips on integrating the two seperate lives? Any tips on combining my two lives? At work I use Outlook and a BlackBerry for email, calendar, and GTD. At home I use my BlackBerry and my Evernote on my iPhone. I've tried keeping Gmail calendar up-to-date for my wife's sake, but it's such a hassle adding calendar entries to my work calendar and Gmail calendar.
Common list manager - separate calendars
I use a common list manager (Toodledo + Android Ultimate To Do List), but have separate 'folders' for work and personal.
Mostly use Context view in UTD to manage doing within both personal and work contexts.
I 'invite' myself to appointments from personal to work to ensure any out of work appointments are on the list. My work day is basically business hours, so I don't usually do the reverse unless there is an unusual work engagement.
Integrating personal life and work
For me, integration has been essential. I use MS Outlook (calendar and tasks) on my iphone and on my laptop for all GTD lists, including my 40,000-foot view. Having only one system and one folder is much simpler. There is a trust factor in keeping personal tasks and appointments on a system at work, but the simplicity of one application took such a load off my shoulders, that I don't even think about it anymore. Also, the two sides of my life have been intertwined for many years. This quote from Lawrence Pearsall Jacks sums it up for me: "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."