GTD- Systems for 10,000ft & Runway work in a rapidly changing environment
Would be very interested in anyone’s experience: I have tried a number of online task management applications (actually, I think I’ve tried them all) to help with my GTD setup. Some (Todoist comes to mind) are really good for getting perspective, whilst others (Nozbe) are very good at organising at the 10,000ft/runway level. That is, they are when I sit down to do a review in a quiet moment, and I do find it really useful to have my big picture in a system.
As soon as I hit the office no system can really keep pace with the velocity and flux of work. Even with the best and easiest systems it’s slow to get info into/out of “the machine”, and in the heat of the moment, decisions about the most appropriate next action need to be immediate.
I would be really interested to find out how any of you who may have similar roles work your systems. I have a number of areas of responsibility:
As a father- all the obvious family/church commitments
As an operations director of a business services company: Part of my work is planned and foreseeable (ISO audits, preparation/execution of management proposals, business planning, company admin) and part is rapid and impossible to foresee- tasking resource to the ever-changing needs of the sales teams (who in turn are responsive to their clients); trouble-shooting and so on- (Coveyesque “urgent” work).
As a reserve army officer: Creating and administering training plans, integrity and administration tasks. Not at all as frantic as my day job, but must be performed with professionalism!
…plus the various personal projects I’m sure everyone has.
Thanks for reading so far, and would be great to know how anyone else might keep pace… Has anyone successfully mixed paper and online and if so how?