In our last post we looked at the Calendar, one of the most essential components of the system, and the “Waiting For” list. We’ve covered all the different basic components of the system now. Next we talk about the most important ongoing process to make GTD work: the Weekly Review. Why review? Face it: You’re … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: The Weekly Review
It’s been a few weeks! Last post we talked about how projects break down into next actions, and how Next Actions should be classified by the Context in which you can do them, so you’re not always looking at every single thing you want to do when you’re not in a situation where you even … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: The Calendar and the “Waiting For” List
Last time we started to talk about “clarifying”, figuring out what some piece of “stuff” means to you. We talked about Trash, Reference, and the Someday/Maybe list. Now we’re going to talk about what happens when something is actionable. This “episode” of the series is big. It contains one of the most clever tricks of … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: Projects, Next Actions, and Contexts
A couple posts ago I covered the complete workflow summary, and then I told you lots of things about capturing stuff. Now we’ll talk about the “clarifying” steps, where you decide whether something is: trash, someday/maybe, reference, or actionable. Is this thing trash? Very simple: If you’re not sure if something is trash, then it isn’t (at least … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: Clarifying
In our last post we gave you a summary of the whole GTD process. Now let’s talk about what might be the most important step, the first one: capturing. If you get good at just capturing, even if you’re not great at organizing what you’ve captured … you’ll be ahead of lots of people. (But don’t … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: Capturing
Okay. I can write a lot more about the details of each of these things, and I probably will. But I’m gonna start by summarizing the core workflow of GTD. When you are confronted with “stuff”, you need to figure out what needs to be done with it. What is “stuff”? I’ll quote David Allen … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: The workflow
(If you’d like to know about why I started doing the GTD system, read the previous post.) I’m not going to summarize the Getting Things Done (hereafter, GTD) principles quite the way David Allen might. Rather, I’m going to start with what I think are some great takeaways from it. These principles alone can be … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: Some principles
Less than three months after the death of my mom (which inspired me to write a series of blog posts for everyone else to learn from what I went through in handling her estate), I received a promotion at work. I went from being a technical person in IT, to being a manager. For the … Continue reading “Getting Things Done”: Why now?