I have just completed reading "Getting Things Done", and I am really excited to get started. I know that not everyone has things set up the same, but I would like to ask a couple of questions and then briefly describe my implementation plan. This will help me make sure I am on the right track.
First of all, I am an electrical engineer working in a Systems Engineering environment. When I leave work, and thankfully for the most part I can leave it at work, I am a husband, a father of two boys, and a man obsessed with woodworking, home improvment and gardening.
I plan on starting off with a paper based implementation of the GTD system and then moving to Palm based for my context lists, contacts, and calendar sometime no earlier than this summer.
Enough boredom. Here are my questions:
1. How do you deal with daily tasks that you need a
reminder for? (Daily To Do Tasks)
2. I see many paper implementations with a tab for
Calendar/Tickler. Can you elaborate on how you have
implemented this tab?
3. Tell me how you handle projects.
Now, here are the current plans for my system:
1. Since I can easily separate my work and personal life
(nature of the work), I plan on having a separate
tickler file for work and home.
2. Set up a notebook as described in the book and the
PDF file tweaking the context lists to my needs. (I
have given this a LOT of thought).
3. I will have a small notebook with me all the time for
idea gathering and jotting down notes. The big
notebook will never be further away than my car.
4. When a project idea comes through my inbox
(escpecially at home) I plan on creating a folder for it
and adding it to the someday/maybe project list and
then filing the folder in my general filing system. For
curent projects I want to keep them close by (either
in a basket on my desk or in my portable folder).
This way my current projects are readily accessible
for grabbing next action items and I have a folder to
stuff ideas (magazine articles, pictures, etc.) in for
my future someday/maybe projects.
5. Everything else will pretty much go by the book.
Now, does anyone see any glaring problems with my proposed implementation scheme. I would love to learn from anyone here with more experience than I have at this time.
Thanks in advance,