I took up reading GTD last week with a bit of skepticism which I suppose is excusable because the other books I had read on Time management and Personal effectiveness including the much praised '7 habits' did nothing to get me out of the mess I repeatedly found myself in. But GTD was refreshingly different. I could not even wait to complete the book before I wanted to implement David's ideas.
I worked last weekend and set up my 'outlook' the way David advises (I still have to get his PDF download and my outlook 98 is not exactly made for his plug-in) and reined 'in' and processed every bit of 'stuff' in my office.
I have never had a Monday morning experience like the one I had yesterday. Instead of desperately searching my RAM, I quickly went through my task lists under @Agendas, @Calls, @Office etc. and got more done by lunch time than ever before. I did have a 'To Do' list before; but now I know why it never helped. All the items on it were 'projects' as per GTD.
So these are early days for me with GTD and I have some queries especially on setting up my outlook:
1. How does one decide which task goes under @agendas and which under @calls?
2. What is the best way to tackle subjects which need discussion with more than one person?
3. As one keeps clearing tasks and further actions arise in the process, are such further actions noted in 'outlook' immediately or later? Which is the preferred option?
Can somebody advise me. Many thanks,