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    Hello, I'm Alex, a 4th year medical student at Case Western in
    Cleveland. I discovered GTD and 7 Habits about 3 months ago. I'm posting this to solicit advice on some GTD implementation related issues.

    1. I am writing up an editorial on acute stroke management. A cousin
    of mine who I recently saw asked me to e-mail him a copy when it's
    published which may not happen for another 6 months. I set myself a
    reminder q3 mon in my calendar until that happens. Can you think of a
    more elegant solution?

    2. I am in the process of updating my role specific goals and values
    for my mission statement. Under the 'friend' role I made a goal of
    making plans to see my friends when i intend to be living or traveling
    nearby. I was thinking I could make an 'agenda' type list of people
    that I'd consult before making travel plans. How would you Implement
    such an intention?

    3. Along the same lines as 2, I promised my aunt that I'd have dinner
    with her and my fiancee the next trip we make to los angeles. Given
    that I don't know when that will be, how would you implement this
    intention?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration.
    Sincerely,
    Alex

  • #2
    checlists???

    As part of planning your article make a note of who you would like to send it to. There might also be people to thank, materials to return, etc Also make a checklist for publication-type of writing that includes, "distribution to....".

    Visiting people when you are in a certain locale, either a checklist under the name of the local (which might include other information about things you want to do there and hours that places of interest are open) or if you use an electronic contacts that lets you put people in more than one group or search by locale. If you use roledex maybe you could use colored cards for various geographic areas.

    Your travel planning checklist might also include contacting people to set u visits. Since you are a busy person with a lot on your mid, you migh, as you go along, enter into your contacts what the person you are seeing enjoys, what you did the last time, and other key points like bday, favorite color, etc.

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    • #3
      I agree

      Checklists are definitely the way to go. For each project I have a Word document and start collecting support material including checklists for later stages, and who to send the documents to is definitely in there.
      I also have AOF support material including checklists, and the relationships would definitely be in there. Visit to Lost Angelos would be a project, and when I do the project planning I would check my AOF support, and copy the list of people to see in LA to the project plan checklist.

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      • #4
        A few interesting questions here.

        Originally posted by icantlactate View Post
        1. I am writing up an editorial on acute stroke management. A cousin
        of mine who I recently saw asked me to e-mail him a copy when it's
        published which may not happen for another 6 months. I set myself a
        reminder q3 mon in my calendar until that happens. Can you think of a
        more elegant solution?
        I would consider this a Waiting For, myself. It falls into a broader and very common issue: very often, projects don't end when you first think they'll end. When does the "Editorial: Acute Stroke Management" project really end? When you've submitted the final draft to the publisher? When you've cashed the paycheque? When it's been published? When you've finished taking all the actions triggered by publication? There's no One True Answer to these sorts of questions, but they're worth contemplating.

        2. I am in the process of updating my role specific goals and values
        for my mission statement. Under the 'friend' role I made a goal of
        making plans to see my friends when i intend to be living or traveling
        nearby. I was thinking I could make an 'agenda' type list of people
        that I'd consult before making travel plans. How would you Implement
        such an intention?
        As others have mentioned, this is a pretty good sort of thing to live inside a Prepare For Travel checklist. Which is handy to have around in any case.

        3. Along the same lines as 2, I promised my aunt that I'd have dinner
        with her and my fiancee the next trip we make to los angeles. Given
        that I don't know when that will be, how would you implement this
        intention?
        I'd personally treat this as Agenda: Los Angeles. Then, if that's not sufficiently obvious to me, I'd add something to the Travel Checklist about checking the agenda(s) for the locations. An advantage here is that you could nest them: I might personally find it useful to also have an Agenda: USA that would also come into play.


        These are fairly advanced questions for someone 3 months into GTD; I would guess you're taking well to it.



        Cheers,
        Roger

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        • #5
          similar to comment #3, I have a generic "travel plan" project because there are always tasks I need to do such as put mail on hold, arrange to have plants watered, pay bills that come due, etc. An additional task in the project is to check any specific into I have on that destination.

          I create files/folders with ideas of things I'd like to if I visit some place such as NY or Paris. When I see an interesting article I clip it out or save it electronically so that down the road if I actually go to those places I have a few things down I want to consider doing. A list of friends in the area would be a natural item to include in such a file or folder.

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          • #6
            Thank you all for your feedback

            Based on your responses, I feel confident that I can depend on this forum for answers to these kinds of questions. Thank you all for your feedback.

            Jamie: Incorporating my intent to e-mail my cousin into my project makes complete sense. How did I not think of that? I like the idea of having a geo-tagged rolodex, I'll probably implement a simplified version of that.

            Suelin23: I have not experimented with project support material, but I see how that could provide a solution.

            Roger: I like the idea of putting my intention to make plans with nearby friends on a travel checklist. Thanks for your encouragement! I by no means operate in a zen like state, however.

            Mike: Thanks for your input.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by icantlactate View Post

              3. Along the same lines as 2, I promised my aunt that I'd have dinner
              with her and my fiancee the next trip we make to los angeles. Given
              that I don't know when that will be, how would you implement this
              intention?
              What I usually do with these pseudo someday/maybe (it might be next year, next month, next week, or next day), is I put it both in my someday/maybe list, and calendar. The someday/maybe list you review according to your own desired frequency. For the calendar, I usually put it around four to five days from today and when that day comes I move it farther along to a date I think would be an appropriate time to remind me again. And I just continue to move it until I finally set that dinner date with my aunt or until I decide I will never have that dinner date.

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