Archive for August, 2009

When to block your calendar
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When to block your calendar

Is it OK to block your calendar to work on something, even if it doesn’t have a concrete deadline?  GTD’er Michael asked about the best ways to find time for the time-demanding projects that are important, but don’t have a deadline.  One of our executive coaches replied with some helpful tips.

The GTD Outlook Add-In
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The GTD Outlook Add-In

I recently spoke with Dean Hering of Netcentrics about the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In. We had a fun chat about how the product came to be and what it does these days for GTD’ers on Outlook. Listen now. Right before the podcast, I Tweeted that I’d be speaking with him and I asked Dean […]

Regret: A Powerful Motivator
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Regret: A Powerful Motivator

I recently discovered that the musical I’d been working on for the past several years was no longer going to be viable.  Not because it wasn’t a good story, or even a good idea.  It’s because someone beat me to it. I was surfing the web and discovered that not only had someone written a […]

Toning up your thinking muscles
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Toning up your thinking muscles

In our recent Productive Living newsletter, David Allen talks about “Toning up your thinking muscles.”  Here’s a letter from Frederick Ross, a graduate fellow at The Rockefeller University who shared his perspective on the brain as a muscle. I’m something between a theoretical physicist, mathematician, and theoretical biologist by profession, so I’ve had to be […]

Plugging holes when others aren't getting things done
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Plugging holes when others aren't getting things done

Jay, a college student, wrote in to GTD Times to ask about how to get things done in a largely volunteer-based organization.  Can you still do GTD if other people around you don’t? Dear GTD Times, First off, let me say thanks for providing such a wonderful free GTD resource. It really means a lot […]

Google spreadsheet as a GTD list manager
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Google spreadsheet as a GTD list manager

Jesse, a GTD’er in Pittsburgh, sent David a write up about how he’s managing his GTD lists in a Google spreadsheet.   The useful thing about spreadsheets for GTD is that they are very customizable and sortable.  Google Spreadsheet also has a handy “Form” feature for quick capture into the form.  Here’s what Jesse does:

Ways to organize your workspace
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Ways to organize your workspace

This week, in our ongoing series giving you a look inside other people’s GTD setups, Andy Reed sent along some photos for our GTD Times readers. On his desk, Andy uses Inbox, Pending and Read/Review trays.

Review of the new GTD System CDs
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Review of the new GTD System CDs

Avid GTD’er Barb wanted to share her experience and review of the CDs that come with the new GTD System.  She wrote: If you’re fairly new or brand new to GTD: This product is definitely for you. It is much easier to understand than reading the book might be because there are stories to explain […]

The GTD Weekly Review event
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The GTD Weekly Review event

Thanks to all of you who joined the GTD “Tweekly” Review I did this morning. Hope you found value!  Let me know if you’d like me to do another one. If the pace was a bit too speedy for you, you can always go back and review the Tweets I sent.  Here are all 11 […]

Hop into the Twitter river tomorrow
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Hop into the Twitter river tomorrow

In case you hadn’t heard, I will be hosting a free, guided GTD “Tweekly Review” through Twitter tomorrow. What: It will be a working Twitter session. I’ll guide people through the 11-steps of the GTD Weekly Review through a series of Tweets. You’ll want to be in front of your system (at least calendar, lists, […]