Whither to carry the planner around
I was thinking the same thing when I originally converted to paper -- the 3" binder (made of leather) definitely has some heft.
Originally Posted by MikeC
Because I was making a conscious choice to separate my GTD processing and review from the computer I have to make some decisions.
My daily habit is to create a mini mind-map (on hand-cut squares from letter-size scrap paper), which is my version of a Daily ToDo list. It comes from a quick TopOfMindDump or by a quick scan by category -- Phone, Office, Computer, Agendas. This offers a couple things -- it's really light to carry around; gives me something to focus on vs. having to continually look-up by category for the Next Action. This is my walkaround tool, but it comes with some disclaimers and dangers -- 1. I have to make sure I still do a quick scan through all the Action Lists throughout the day, 2. I have to make sure I don't carry it forward to the next day and therefore avoid looking at the Action Lists and 3. If I write something from a mind-dump that is not already captured, then it needs to be processed into a list. Bottom-line -- ToDo lists for me are a good habit because it focuses me and avoids MindChatter, but they can get out of control fast relative to my laziness.
I make sure I carry the binder to every planned meeting, and can then do quick scans of any pending Agenda items I have for folk. But... be discreet when doing an AgendaScan with someone in front of you -- KellyF busted me for being too overt to see if I had something captured to discuss with her during an ad hoc moment!!!
The computer comes along if I need it during a meeting -- Powerpoint, Mindmap, online for SaaS CRM access if applicable, Lotus Notes Databases, etc. But... it's typically a liability for me because I'll start checking email and start loading up when I should be doing work I already planned on doing.
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