I am a scientists working in academia who has been tinkering with GTD for a few months now. All in all, I like it.
At present, I am using a circa notebook to keep track of on-the-fly ideas, NA's, calendar, project lists and brainstorming. I love the flexibility and versatility of paper for these aspects (especially w/ circa). Following from previous forum member advice, I now use a scaffold of pre-determined NA's for most of my experiments (i.e. a checklist), which I print out and throw in my circa when triggered by my calendar.
However, being a scientist, for a given project I also have many computer files for each project, e.g. DNA sequences, .doc weekly report, excel file, images etc. Currently, for each project, I have a directory on my laptop named by the project title, which contains the required files, as well as a central directory that contains all the original data files as a kind of central storage or back-up, in case I modify a file in a project directory beyond original recognition.
I have two blurry issues:
i) somehow this doesn't seem well integrated with my paper system to me. For example, will a new idea for a project go into my notebook project planning page or in a report on the laptop?
ii) what happens if I loose my beloved notebook? All my ideas and stuff is gone.
So, I'm toying with the idea of using OneNote to essentially copy each project plan electronically, then I can link to all the files I need within the same page in OneNote. I can still use my circa for rough planning and NA's for flexibility.
Any thoughts or suggestions?