Critique my system, please?
At work, I am at my computer most of the day and I have:
1. A plain text "log" file, where each day I put a few doable next actions and any hard commitments, and then describe what I did for the day. This is accessed and updated almost continually through each day.
2. A "back burner" list, which I suppose is really a project list that I do try to review weekly.
3. The rest is just handled in Outlook. I keep my Inbox clean, I have a "Time Critical" HOLD folder, which is really also sort of a next actions. Then a regular HOLD which tends to grow out of control. It's not really a someday/maybe list, it's more of a longer term next actions list.
4. For reference, just a huge (and growing) word file where I dump anything I might need to remember.
On my person I have:
1. My cell phone's Notepad for next actions. This has been working great for those little things that can be done quickly, like phone calls. A big win for me lately!
At home I have:
1. A combination next action, calendar, projects, and reference system done in a hypertext system. I work mostly from a page for the month that has the things that HAVE to get done, any calendar items, and notes on things done.
2. A regular filing system that I just cleaned out and made room in per David's recommendation that there has to be room or I won't use it!!
So looking at this all fresh, I'd say it close to a GTD system, but not completely there. I may be missing a good next actions list at work, but I think I have it covered for personal business. I am quite attached to this system but I am open to suggestions - thanks!