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  • How to get back on the GTD wagon

    Hi all,

    I fell off the GTD wagon a couple of months ago and now need to get back on.

    what is the best way? Start with the guided weekly review? Another way?

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  • #2
    The weekly review. Even if you don't have an hour or two, do a little bit of each section and you'll eventually build up to a fully collected and well organised system.

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    • #3
      Start over and focus on the habits, not the tools.

      You need a working system before you can effectively do a weekly review. You're at the beginning and setting up a new system.

      Start by collecting and capturing all of the "stuff" in your life. Grab a notepad, start at one corner of your property and scrutinize every square inch for reminders of unfinished work in your life. Do the same thing with your workplace, too. Then do a mind sweep and get it all that has piled into your head onto that list.

      If you haven't already set up a location in your home where you keep your inbox and can process and organize its contents regularly. Same thing in your workplace.

      As far as your tools go, use a paper system for your lists unless you already have an electronic list manager and calendar and can use both efficiently and effectively. An early project for many new GTDers is "R&D electronic GTD system" but they use paper until they complete that project. Some stay with paper; there's nothing wrong with it (unless you lose it).

      You might not be ready for weekly reviews for a couple of weeks to a month if you are just starting out; there's too much backlog of "stuff" in your life at the onset. But once you have the first three habits on cruise control (collecting, processing and organzing) then weekly reviews are mandatory to keep all of your commitments current.

      Good luck.

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      • #4
        Thanks guys, your posts are much appreciated

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        • #5
          What @... Areas should I set up tickler files etc or should I just follow the gtd model. Any tips on what to do. I am goIng to use omnifocus which is what I used in the past

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          • #6
            Collect then Process Current stuff first

            Originally posted by macgrl View Post
            what is the best way? Start with the guided weekly review?
            I'd start by doing a full collection, then processing those items. Sort of a super weekly review. It might take a week or so of working at it several hours a day but that would get me back up to speed with my world.

            If I had a previously populated list manager I'd archive it and call it backlog and move items over only after I'd dealt with the immediate collection and processing of current stuff.

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            • #7
              Write up a summary of your own GTD process including how to use the tools you've chosen, where to store everything etc.
              Read this first thing every day, which will help you memorise the process and also motivate you to follow it.

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              • #8
                I would definitely start by collecting everything that's "open" right now. That way it's all together while you decide what the next step is. The next question would be, do you have a trusted system to put all this in, or is this part of the reason you fell off the GTD wagon? If your system is sound, then it's a matter of putting things back into their proper context and projects. If your system isn't sound, then you need to get that fixed before you can move on. Without a good, solid trusted system, you won't be able to trust yourself that everything is being processed correctly.

                Good luck and hopefully these answers will help you out.

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                • #9
                  Also spend some time thinking about why you fell off last time - was it a problem with your system? With your context and area of focus buckets? Or just simply a discipline issue? What can you change so that you don't just have the same thing happen again?

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                  • #10
                    I think it was a combination of my system not being up to scratch and therefore my not trusting it and a lack of discipline.

                    any suggestions on a simple system to get going?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by macgrl View Post
                      I think it was a combination of my system not being up to scratch and therefore my not trusting it and a lack of discipline.

                      any suggestions on a simple system to get going?
                      Are you going to use Omnifocus? It's very good, but kind of like driving a big truck. I've struggled to make it simple and agile. I have seen the suggestion, I think in the Omnigroup white paper, of just using the context side to get going, and then setting up projects. I haven't tried it, so I have no idea if it really works.

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                      • #12
                        I am thinking of getting the GTD Implementation Guide to help me get back on track. I have already read the book and now need some consise guiding. What do you think?

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                        • #13
                          Good idea!

                          Originally posted by macgrl View Post
                          I am thinking of getting the GTD Implementation Guide to help me get back on track. I have already read the book and now need some consise guiding. What do you think?
                          Good idea! This is a great GTD guide!

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                          • #14
                            excellent

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                            • #15
                              So I have just bought the GTD Implementation guide and am really looking forward to using it I am hoping to get started on it today and do a bit each day

                              Last week I did a mindmap of everything that was going on in my life, I thought it might be interesting to post a brief overview so here it is -

                              As Areas of Focus I have -

                              Houses (i manage some properties for my parents) - projects within this include sort out safety checks, one house needs garden tydying, check dates and with tenants about renewing contracts

                              Home (my own house) - projects include build little wall at front next to drive, snagging list for lounge, organize shed

                              PHD ( I am studying for a PHD kinda part-time kinda full time) this is a bit more complex because under this heading not only do I have the actual PHD but I also have students to supervise, a journal that I am involved in and some classes to attend

                              Personal such as gym / lose weight, car insurance, book a holiday etc

                              Now that I have elaberated a bit more on my commitments if there are any tips on how to organize these areas of focus (projects? sub projects) it would be appreciated.

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