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  • GTD: The Truth.

    "Tweaking your GTD system is easier than deciding what the hell you want to do with your life."
    - Confessions of a recovering lifehacker - John Pavlus

  • #2
    Thanks for posting that link, TesTeq! It's a great read.

    I have wasted time in the past tweaking my various IT and productivity systems but have noticed that as I get a bit older, I am becoming less inclined towards this and more pragmatic, using what works and works simply.

    I see that David Allen also posted a brief response to that blog.

    Cheers!

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    • #3
      Loved this post! A great reality check for all us productivity-addicted types!

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      • #4
        Certainly some tools are more prone to being tweaked.

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        • #5
          In spite of the obvious paradox of reading this stuff and commenting it, thank you for the link

          I recently simplified my GTD system in a way I can relate to the author's. The key was given to me by -who else- sensei Allen, in one of his latest newsletters. He ended it with something like 'if you don't like it, don't call it project list, call it 'things I want to finish', but for heaven's sake have one'.

          A year ago, I would have despised myself for doing so. But it turned out to do the trick. I was high on productivity terminology. But, the thing was, the moment I called something 'a project', it became way to serious, stiff, and not me. I was kind of 'worshiping the plan', the tools, the definitions, etc.

          Now I do my best to keep it dead simple, minimal, and I consciously avoid the 'big words' (I can do that now because, although there is always room for improvement, I'm confident that I've grabbed the concepts). If I need more organization at some point, I'll notice.

          I know all of this is in the books, but as DA also says, you have to 'trust your process'. Maybe, because of the chaos my life was in before GTD, I needed that other stage of square mind and over-organization. But knowing what the areas of focus are will never tell you what to fill them with. GTD is a tool, the best by far in my experience, but each of us can and must use that tool in our unique way.

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          • #6
            GTD for Caring Adults and Kids

            I'm finding the new forum/podcast(s) about GTD and kids really are a great reality-check in terms of bringing me back to the basics of GTD. It really is all about "What do I want to have true about XYZ?" and creating a roadmap between where you are and where your desired outcome is. All the other stuff is just that - and, just as with all "stuff," some of it is wonderfully joy-inducing and some of it will just drag you down.

            It really helps me to keep grounding myself in what the acronym stands for. Oh yeah... Getting Things Done! Not "Selfabsorbed HighTech Information Tweaking!"

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            • #7
              Laughing

              Originally posted by CJSullivan View Post
              I'm finding the new forum/podcast(s) about GTD and kids really are a great reality-check in terms of bringing me back to the basics of GTD. It really is all about "What do I want to have true about XYZ?" and creating a roadmap between where you are and where your desired outcome is. All the other stuff is just that - and, just as with all "stuff," some of it is wonderfully joy-inducing and some of it will just drag you down.

              It really helps me to keep grounding myself in what the acronym stands for. Oh yeah... Getting Things Done! Not "Selfabsorbed HighTech Information Tweaking!"
              You'll never know how much I needed that laugh today! Thanks!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CJSullivan View Post
                Oh yeah... Getting Things Done! Not "Selfabsorbed HighTech Information Tweaking!"
                Brilliant!

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                • #9
                  I am very happy!

                  Originally posted by CJSullivan;99846"[B
                  S[/B]elfabsorbed HighTech Information Tweaking!"
                  I am very happy that this thread ignited such "acronym" creativity and brought many insightful comments!

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