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  • Weekly Review

    I am starting at ground zero. I need to purge many years of files, set up reference and action file space, purge many years of old emails, and get my email in-box to zero. Obviously, this is going to take a long time to complete.

    In the meantime, what do I do when I get to the Weekly Review and Step 2 is "get in to zero"? Does all the back-log need to be cleared up before you can continue with the weekly review?

  • #2
    Originally posted by debbieg View Post
    In the meantime, what do I do when I get to the Weekly Review and Step 2 is "get in to zero"? Does all the back-log need to be cleared up before you can continue with the weekly review?
    Backlog should be it's own separate project. There is a good webinar in GTD Connect about backlog, might try the trial membership and take a look at it.

    I went for quite a few months before I was successful doing "get in to zero" during weekly review. Biggest breakthrough for me was realizing that I had to spend an hour or more processing each day, minimum, just to keep up and that I did a better weekly review if I had my inboxes all at zero the day before.

    You might try to focus on a single one of your various inboxes and try to get at lest one inbox to zero during the WR. It depends on how you work best and what feels right to you.

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    • #3
      I was there, and I made backlog a project and ploughed straight on in with implementing GTD.

      The more you implement and just take the steps, the better you get at it.

      I kinda recoiled at David's martial art anaologies and terminology before I implemented, and infact it was a barrier cos I am Mr Super Skeptical of such deployment of terms outside their original contexts and application.

      I am glad I gave GTD a chance to work, because the anology does hold up well, the more you practice and implement the better you get, the more habitual it gets, but then the more small changes have positive effects that are greater than the sum of their parts.

      And truth be told, I will never be at true zero!

      Honestly, weekly reviews are powerful ways to get a handle on your commitments and give you a massive handle on what you can commit to, say no to, and allow you to create spaces in your life and mind.

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      • #4
        Label it "Backlog to process".

        Originally posted by debbieg View Post
        Does all the back-log need to be cleared up before you can continue with the weekly review?
        No, just label it "Backlog to process" and put a Project on your Project or Someday/Maybe list.

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        • #5
          stake in the ground, and goals

          You just need reminders for where you need to pick up.

          I completely agree with everything said so far, so +1 on that.

          I would add that, for me, it's usually better depending on the size of the backlog to break it up into several projects.
          ex. "Get email backlog to zero" and
          "Get reference backlog to zero" and
          "Get recipes backlog to zero" and
          "Empty bottom left desk drawer" etc.

          That way you have a "stake in the ground" for every aspect of your "backlog to zero" goal and you can pick up where ever you want when ever you want.

          Be sure to place the next actions on the right context list. You'd probably have to be at home or work to process physical papers but your email backlog can be dealt anywhere and any time you have an Internet connection.
          For example, watching the evening news, with your laptop.

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          • #6
            Thanks

            To All . Very Helpful.

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