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  • What is your GTD Holy Grail?

    What do you most want out of GTD? A physical inbox no higher than 3 inches? What is the BEST benefit of GTD for you? Email to zero? What is the one thing when you have achieved it/reached it/found it that you know you are in your personal GTD zone? No voicemails?

    Mine is reflecting time. If I can get the Weekly Review done and still have time to actually think about the work I have to do/most want to do I am happy. Since I started GTD this Jan, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of creative and courageous ideas I have had for 2012. This week I have an hour planned to reflect on a recent event I completed (thank you notes, incidental receipts to submit, lessons learned, next time do this, etc). I scheduled that during my WR, instead of reflecting during the WR.

    What is it you are most hoping for out of GTD? How do you know when you have it?
    How do you know if/when it is missing?

    Thanks in advance for your reflection on this thread!

  • #2
    Peace of mind.

    Originally posted by Almost Done View Post
    What do you most want out of GTD? A physical inbox no higher than 3 inches? What is the BEST benefit of GTD for you? Email to zero? What is the one thing when you have achieved it/reached it/found it that you know you are in your personal GTD zone? No voicemails?
    Peace of mind.

    "I know what I am not doing and I accept it."

    To a achieve such state I collect, process, organize and review.

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    • #3
      In my opinion, a "Mind like Water" is the holy grail of GTD.

      I'm managing workflow with ease, commitments aren't banging around in my head, and I'm trusting my action choices and feeling good about what I'm not doing because I know exactly what I'm not doing.

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      • #4
        Weely Reviews

        Mine is to walk into a Weekly Review with no psychological barriers or resistance.

        I've put Weekly Review as my "Keystone Habit" to focus on and it's dramatically changed my system.

        Not holding the Grail yet but I'm clicking coconuts as quickly as I can (bad Monty Python reference).

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        • #5
          I'm not meaning to be awkward but I don't have a "holy grail" of GTD. Setting one is going to do two things:
          1. Set myself up for disappointment when I fail to achieve my high standard.
          2. Limit the improvement of my skills by focussing on one area.

          However, I do continually analyse my system for flaws. Recently I noticed that some tasks and projects have been hanging around for a while not getting done. I've been thinking about why I am resisting them. Some need broken into smaller parts, some need to be more clearly defined, some need to be moved to the Someday/Maybe list.

          But my challenge doesn't end at sorting out what is already in my system. I am working on changing my habits so future tasks are entered in my system correctly from the start.

          Now, here is the important thing. I'm not striving for perfection, just to get a bit better at it before I move on. In the past I have focussed on different flaws in my system:
          • distinguishing between Actions and Next Actions
          • collecting in awkward contexts (car, pub, on mobile outside, etc)
          • determining why my filing system wasn't working for me
          • realising I was never "doing" in certain contexts
          • and many more besides...

          I didn't spend long on each. Just got a bit better, enough to satisfy myself, and moved on. I'll revisit them all at a later date and since I will have increased my knowledge and skills in the meantime, will probably find my prior efforts childish. I'll improve each a little bit again and continue in the cycle.

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          • #6
            To get things done ON TIME!
            Still can't meet deadlines.

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            • #7
              To not overlook things that I need to follow up on. I've gotten a lot better at this, but I still have a ways to go.

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              • #8
                Enjoying meetings with deadlines...

                Originally posted by Suelin23 View Post
                To get things done ON TIME!
                Still can't meet deadlines.
                In English you say "to meet a deadline". And if you think about it - GTD allows you to be on time and enjoy meetings with deadlines...

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