Hi, I am new to this forum and to GTD. I am very excited that my problems with managing all the details were not just because I am a bad manager of time/life/commitments. Well, I might still be, but there is hope!!! I am not sure if this post should be here or in tools.
I am wondering who else out there is a mobile consultant (I am in IT) and if you have any starting out tips for our particular lifestyle. I have done some searches, and I have a found some good tips here already, like on billing time. I currently use a laptop and a 5"X7" notebook with a page for every day.
**I am usually at customer sites through the day. (home at night)
**I drive 5-120 minutes a day. I average 30 mins each way. Wish I could use that time.
**I need to manage the technical and IT project information of 20 some customers, some I might see weekly and others yearly. Many of whom do not want to pay IT prices for IT work and DEFINITELY do not want to pay IT prices for me documenting my time and the project.
**There is a company office and I have a cubicle but I am not there by any set schedule, some weeks not at all.
**There is no good company system for keeping information handy for all. There are paper files on customer billing, and SOME project info, and contract, SOW info kept there. But much of it is on various consultants hard drives. We have wanted for a long time to get a sharing system, but we never get it done. (Is there a GTDFO--for organizations???)
**I am required to email in my time daily and the company bills the clients from that.
**In the past, my life has been in my GroupWise Calendar/mailbox, my little5X7 notebooks (for action items and collection items) and in my backpack, which frequently gets unhealthily heavy, with customer files, laptop, user guides. I think that I will sort it out every night, but often I get home at 7,8,9 and just don't want to by then. I often don't know what files I will need, so I carry too much. I think I need to go digital.
**I am mom to an 18 month old, so the evening is crazy....until about 8:30 or 9:00, but then I have housework, make lunch, clean up dinner, etc. I really want to keep work at work, if I can.
+I am thinking maybe it is important to schedule a 1/2 day in the office once a week for the purpose of filing, weekly review, etc. Or, I need to stay at home for 1/2 hour every morning and take care of yesterdays inputs?
+Considering Palm-type device? Don't really want to though, because the little notebook is more flexible.
+I may be getting a Blackberry Pearl for work.
+Considering voice recognition software and dictate my notes in the car on the way home??? Hands free? Or stay at the customer site for an extra 20 minutes every night.
Anyway, sorry so long!! If you've kept reading, does any of this sound familiar and do you have any advice? I have 2 weeks off in July, and I want to use it to do a full collection and set up better filing system, and better habits.