Archive for December, 2009

Embracing Your Perfectionism
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Embracing Your Perfectionism

Q: Do you have any pointers for perfectionists? David Allen: Just focus on doing the next action perfectly, which is a lot easier than trying to be perfect about how you approach something bigger.  Be as retentive as you want. The only problem is when it stops action.  Be a perfectionist about the process, which […]

Paying attention to the things that get in our way…
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Paying attention to the things that get in our way…

GTD simply emerged after paying attention to the things that get in our way… Mr. Allen. I am writing to pay a special tribute to my Grandfather – who passed away last week at the age of 94.  He led a good, long life and was successful in many things.  He was the first President […]

GTD – It’s All About Gratitude This Season
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GTD – It’s All About Gratitude This Season

A Community Contribution from Stephanie Dickison During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the “stuff” of the holidays – buying, buying, buying, giving, planning, traveling, cooking, packing, etc. This season, I am spending my time on gratitude and simplifying the holidays so that I don’t burn out, so that I don’t […]

A GTD Year in Review
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A GTD Year in Review

A Community Contribution from Sarah From My Year in Review, by Sarah From This time last December, I was working in an office crammed with stuff.  Conference programs, old speeches, copies of travel receipts, notebooks brimming with ideas from half a decade ago, and drafts of reports long-ago published were filed and piled around me.  […]

Tracking Projects
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Tracking Projects

Dear DavidCo: After working with the GTD system for quite awhile, I find tracking next actions in Outlook to be pretty easy.  The harder part is tracking projects.  Where do you do that and how do you move from the 10,000 ft. level to the runway? Wayne Pepper, a senior coach and presenter with David […]

Put your office on the same path with GTD
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Put your office on the same path with GTD

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your co-workers?  Out of ideas on what to get the boss who has everything?  Still hoping your co-workers would just “get” GTD and make your life easier?  Buy them the new GTD Workflow Map!  We have a new “office bundle” that includes one large Workflow poster, one small […]

Finding Your Motivation
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Finding Your Motivation

In David Allen’s latest Productive Living newsletter, he wrote about the tricky business of motivation. Here’s more sage advice from David on that topic… Q: How does one get motivated to do these things?  Yes, I can put pressure on myself;  know that I SHOULD do them, but there is pain and suffering that takes […]

Tricks for capturing Waiting For emails
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Tricks for capturing Waiting For emails

One of the key buckets in your GTD system is Waiting For.  So what’s the biggest creator of Waiting For? Sent emails. Sure, you could slog through your Sent folder for which ones you actually need to make sure to track, but that’s like searching for a contact lens on the beach.  Good luck having […]

A day in the life of Fred
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A day in the life of Fred

What’s it like to do GTD when you are an bioinformaticist?  Here’s a community contribution from Fred, sharing about his recent week: After a monstrous review today, I felt compelled to sit down and write this: I started a new job a week ago squeaky clean.  A review the Friday before got everything squared away. […]

What are your killer apps for your GTD system?
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What are your killer apps for your GTD system?

Wikipedia defines a killer app as “…so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology.”  So, what are your killer GTD apps?  What do you use regularly AND find to be essential to your GTD implementation? Where do you keep your lists? Your calendar? Do you sync to a handheld? […]