Last edited by bcmyers2112; 11-06-2013 at 07:28 AM.
I think most people who have been using it for long enough have used the GTD principles and adapted them to their own lives. That's the benefits of principles rather than rules. For example, someone who works from home on their own doesn't need the standard set on contexts, but contexts of some description can still be useful. If you join Connect, even for a trial, you'll see a wide gamut of different systems in use.
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So if you change the contexts to suit yourself is that hacked? Or just natural adaptation of GTD principles?
My closest to hacked would be the fact that projects for me can span a much longer timeframe than a single year. Many cases single projects have actions that can only be completed in sequence and at certain times of the year so the entire project may take several years, or decades to complete. But that is the nature of farming. So does that make it hacked or again, using GTD principles in a different field?
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While I have been consistent with my weekly review for 2-3 months, my day-to-day work has been much more sporadic. I have been recently (i.e., 7-10 days) tweaking my system to ensure more consistency, and your mention of Don't Break the Chain has given me an idea: use that to ensure I don't fail to start the day out right.
My ideal morning routine: upon waking, recite my primary motivations (phrased as suggested by The Sedona Method) and a few quotes that reinforce them; upon logging in, access my GTD system (in Emacs) and mark three bigger items that will move their respective projects closer to completion with a priority of A; begin tackling Next Actions.
When I follow that routine, I do pretty well; I feel like I have made good progress at the end of the day.
I sometimes also mark items in my agenda with a B or C if I want to get them done that day, then I consider my available time and energy to help choose what to do next. Sometimes I choose a priority task and sometimes I don't.
I'm going to start using the Don't Break the Chain method to help me stay on track in the morning. Thank you for suggesting it!
While I use GTD-style contexts per the "GTD Outlook Setup Guide" in my home system, I find this is less useful at work since I am essentially always in a single "context," or can be at a moment's notice if needed. As of late I've found it much more useful and intuitive to group my work tasks by urgency as recommended by Michael Linenberger in his 1MTD and MYN systems.
1MTD vs. MYN
Completely compatible with a GTD-style workflow, the MYN system basically makes up my Next Action lists, with urgency zones rather than contexts.
I use "6 hats" by Edvard de Bono in planning process. And I was reading his book "Teach Yourself How to Think", this book has clarified a lot about thinking.
My use of GTD is pretty much by the book, but with contexts that suit my particular job. However, I do find the pomodoro technique very useful when I get stuck and can't get going with something. I have a timer on my desk that I use for those situations to break through the procrastination and just start something, if only for 30mins (or whatever I set for myself). The forums are a brilliant place to pick up tips and tricks for adapting GTD to suit how you work and how you think.
Thanks for the interesting thread.
I believe each great author shows us some shortcuts for our thinking, that get us to see things in a different way. Shortcuts which, once you know them, you can no longer ignore (even if you don't practice any rule about them).
GTD got us for instance to re-think commitments, stress, and their management. Got us to re-think the "atomic structure" of activity based upon projects, desired outcomes and purpose. Got us to re-think action-oriented, decisions vs actions. And much more... New stuff! Great stuff!
In this way, DA is a hell of an author, and made a clear breakthrough in the arena.
But GTD has a particularly weak point: the implementation is a bit shalow, underestimating effort vs results. De-railing with GTD is just so common with so many people... I feel GTD's process is a bit too much towards the "evangelism-side": you have to go to church every sunday, or it won't work. I know everybody keeps saying GTD sticks, but I think that what sticks is the GTD thinking, not the process, not the mechanism. It's just too un-natural.
Conceptually strong, no elegance in the implementation. Clearly needs a GTD 2.0 version, more "user friendly", more "mac" .
Finally, to answer, my personal productivity system is a mix with some GTD thinking bases, with some "hackings" and "must-have add-ons" that make the whole system more complete, like:
- more graphical representation of items with rich visual emotional day to day guidance (no "linear GTD lists")
- mental ergonomics practices (focus, productive mental states, etc)
- a lot of decision-making concepts and motivational concepts (including good exploration of procrastination and unblocking tricks, frequently much more important than the organizing of your lists)
- highest horizons perspectives are much more towards "feelings" rather than "goals" or "areas" and include value alignment guidance / mission investigation and updating (which I know is kind of included in GTD and MIAW but in a quite superficial way in my understanding)
Hope to have added some value do the intended discussion. (felt detailing hacks would make too long an answer, glad to share if anyone interested)
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