Archive for December, 2009

Year End Completions
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Year End Completions

The latest Productive Living newsletter included a great set of questions from David Allen on year end completions.  It’s a great exercise to go through for completing 2009 and setting your intentions and directions for creating 2010.  Here’s a sample of some of those questions: Completing and remembering 2009 What was your biggest triumph in […]

How much can the brain really hold?
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How much can the brain really hold?

Your brain is a great place to have ideas, but a terrible place to manage them. -David Allen A key principle within GTD is creating a system external to your mind–if you want the system to be seamless.  In fact, there’s a good chance if you’re trying to hold more than about 7 things in […]

What is or isn't a project?
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What is or isn't a project?

A computer programmer implementing GTD asked David Allen about projects: I’m confused about (and I’m sure you are extremely bored with this question, but from the books I couldn’t work out the answer) – how do you size projects?  I’m continually having problems working out what is or isn’t a project – and getting lost […]

Radiate efficiency
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Radiate efficiency

Elle magazine chatted with David Allen. Read some of the timely tips for refreshing your systems. One item that came up in my sweep was that for weeks I’ve been putting off answering a publicist’s e-mail asking if I’d write about one of his clients—my failure to reply is gnawing at me. My hunch is […]

Get a weekly dose of GTD inspiration
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Get a weekly dose of GTD inspiration

If you are still struggling trying to get the GTD Weekly Review to become a habit, you’re not alone!  It’s why GTD Connect, David Allen’s online learning center, sends out a Weekly Review reminder email to our members.  It’s a dose of inspiration, sent once a week, looking at a common speed bumps for people […]

Making light of decision making
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Making light of decision making

This article is a community contribution by John Lewis.  Enjoy! As a follower of GTD, I am fortunate to receive many things, including the Productive Living newsletter. This particular edition included some “food for thought” about decision making, which I found extremely nutritious! Information and accuracy It brought to mind two things that I have […]

What are the first steps in getting organized?
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What are the first steps in getting organized?

David Allen answers the timeless question, “What are the first steps in getting organized?” If by “getting organized” you mean getting relaxed and in control, it actually involves five steps, only one of which is actually the specific “organizing” component.  1) Collect the work. Corral everything that has potential meaning for you. 2) Process the […]

How can you trust your GTD system?
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How can you trust your GTD system?

A new GTD’er asked: Once collected, how do you learn to trust the integrity of the system and not spend a lot of time trying to remember whether you put something down? David Allen’s reply: Trust comes with consistent use.  The Weekly Review, plus reviewing the appropriate action lists when you have any time that […]

Tips for taking meeting notes
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Tips for taking meeting notes

Michael (who calls himself a GTDer for two years and counting), wrote to us with this question: Curious if anyone has any tips/symbols or shortcuts for notetaking. I tend to write circles next to actionable items when I’m taking meeting notes and starring important items, but always looking for a better system. Here is the […]

GTD for Educators
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GTD for Educators

Tim, a high school administrator in Utah, sent us this letter about his experience with GTD: Four years ago, I left a job at a University Research Center and took a job as a High School Administrator.  I went from a relatively relaxed job, to a high stress, high volume experience.  It has been the […]