Getting Started with GTD - Tips?
I am embarking on the GTD adventure and am asking for a few tips. My goal is to succeed with this system and any tools / techiniques I use should help this process.
I am working on the computer a lot of the day, connected to the internet. Commute is by mass transit, with a Palm Pilot. Various tools interest me: Ecco, the E-Dashboard, Palm Desktop, Datebk4, Eudora, even Outlook, despite my anti-MSFT bias. Some of these are tools I use already, some (e.g. Ecco) I have never even touched.
But like many techno-fans, I tend to get bogged down in investigating fun, interesting software and devices, a trap that has lead to failure with other systems in the past.
Any suggestions for the GTD beginner would be most welcomed - what tools would you recommend for starting out and keeping things simple, yet building towards a full implementation of the GTD methodology?
form will follow function with GTD
Many people ask us about the "better tool." Personally, I hesitate before recommending some hardware/software package over another. What I will do, though, is talk about what I use.
It's critical that the first step be made to "clean up" the lists. Go through two days of "Workflow Coaching" (you can do this by blocking your calendar and walking through, step-by-step, chapters 5-9 of David's book). Collect everything, the papers, ideas, folders, not-yet-read magazines and put it in IN. Process it all; decide what's actionable and what's not. Identify those next actions, and any larger outcomes as projects. Start making a "pile," "inventory," "bucket," whatever you call it of Next Actions.
THEN, after you have the inventory of Next Actions, think about how you want to SEE those. Honestly, some clients I work with wind up making a Manila tab-folder and they write @Calls on the tab. When they have a phone call to make, they write it on a blank piece of paper, a post-it, a bar napkin, WHATEVER, and put it in that bucket. THEN, at the phone, that's their Next Action list.
If you're a techie, obviously you may go that route. But, I would encourage everyone to start with the collecting and processing. THEN organize into a Palm, PocketPC, or whatever.
Lots of great ideas on our Tips and Tools page...
Re: form will follow function with GTD
Thanks to everyone who replied to this request for info. As I said, I was looking for a little direction as far as how to get started and keep it simple. So I am likely to follow the suggestions on using the Palm (which I already own) and Jason's suggestions for critical first steps are helpful.
I'll try not to get sidelined playing with fun new software! :P
Originally Posted by Jason Womack