Opportunity for a fresh start with GTD
I'm starting a new job in a couple of weeks. It's in a new field for me and will involve some on-the-job training. Even so, I believe I will have a considerable amount of flexibility in how I go about my work, as well as freedom to set up and run my office more or less to my liking.
As I see it, this is a terrific clean-slate opportunity to implement GTD from the start. I read GTD over a year ago (thanks to the Fallows article), and I believe I have a general sense of the philosophy. I found some success, though not as much as I would like, in using it in my nearing-completion dissertation work. GTD in an academic setting is another topic and one I would like to pursue further.
But my main concern here is getting it right from the beginning in my new job. Any thoughts, comments, experiences, or suggestions in that regard? All input is welcome.
I implemented GTD when starting new job. . .
When I started my last new job (as a controller in a very complex industry I knew nothing about), I decided to implement GTD at the same time. Basically, I knew I would be completely overwhelmed trying to learn a lot of new stuff, so I figured adding a new method of being "organized" wouldn't be too much more trouble. For me, that was a good decision. And I agree with kewms, start simple!
I showed up at work on my first day with my labeler and my old Franklin planner with only the calendar pages and ruled paper in it. I figured they would have inboxes around, and I was right. I was the only one who ever used mine. Even though the job was a pretty high pressure job with lots of deadlines and a boss who couldn't find his personal phone bills under the foot deep layer of paper on his desk (and credenza and extra table in his office), I kept track of my stuff and didn't get too stressed about things.
As a matter of fact, my boss quit walking in and interrupting me when he realized that every time he came in to ask me something, I had a list of questions ready for him (the @Mike list was usually pretty long). Even though it was my least favorite job, it was also my least stressful one, because I had learned how to keep track of everything in that environment.
After I really got into the routine of things (after about 6 months), I determined that a Palm would work well for me, so I transitioned from paper and have been using that for the past three years quite effectively.
One other benefit: Once I got all my NA's on a list and took a long look at them during my weekly reviews, I realized that, although they were things I was good at, they weren't things I enjoyed doing. So, I added a new project to my 30,000 foot level list: Get a masters degree in Biostatistics. And two years later, I'm in grad school and loving it.