OMG! Am I Actually GTD!
I couldn't wait to come & tell my story! I have been a fan of GTD for quite some time. Though I consider myself very intelligent, I could not get an understanding of GTD! Each time I tried to read it, it was like a foreign language! Countless times I've googled for information on GTD. Though I found summaries & brief tutorials, it still was like Greek. I've also tried the Covey system; spent lots of money on paper planners-DayTimer, DayRunner, Mead, At-a-Glance, Outlink.... and found that I was just not getting the most out of them. So, I was sitting here today, frustrated because of all the things that I need to get done and not accomplishing anything, I went on YouTube trying to seek some sort of help. Most turned out to be project managers, people with businesses, etc. Then it dawned on me, okay, the paper planner system is not working for me because I do am not a manager and have no meetings that I must attend nor people I must contact to do any type of business with! Therefore that "pre-printed 8-5" structure was completely useless for me! I couldn't see that my need for organization begins when I LEAVE my job! So, a few minutes ago, I grabbed a piece of paper from the printer, folding it until i had 5 columns. At the top of each column i wrote, @Computer, @School, @Phone, @Shopping, @Ministry.... then I wrote each thing that I needed to do for each category. (Which is what i absolutely LOVED about PlannerPad but it was just too heavy to carry with me everyday) The area I was most overwhelmed in was @Ministry. I am a teacher and am working on putting together a group of study guides. I have started six and have completed none. I took several sheets of lined paper and wrote the name of each study guide at the top and began to list the things I needed to do to complete each one. Then I chose the earliest book to start on first, and I made a folder and put the others in. I instantly felt a sense of relief! Though they are not complete, I can now "see" them being completed! While I am sure I'm not following David's rules completely.... but am i anywhere close to GTD by the book???!!!
Last edited by eLady; 10-29-2011 at 08:34 PM.