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  • GTD on CD missing anything?

    Hello, I am new here.

    I just bought Getting Things Done on CD. It came with 3 CDs.

    Am I going to miss anything that is covered in the book but not the CDs, or are there concepts that are diagramed in the book that I will miss out on that the CD of course would not be able to "show"?

    I also downloaded LifeBalance and bought the book "The Now Habit", based on some discussions here. Wow. This is good stuff.

    Thanks,

    tim99.

  • #2
    It's all pretty good

    Originally posted by tim99
    Am I going to miss anything that is covered in the book but not the CDs, or are there concepts that are diagramed in the book that I will miss out on that the CD of course would not be able to "show"?
    Welcome. The 3 GTD CD's are an abridged version, but I don't recall anything missing. The CD's come off as a bit dry (the GTD book is fairly cookbooky, IMHO) and the organization of the book (heading, subheadings, et cetera) doesn't transfer well to the CD's. Still, it's fine. If there are things that don't resonate with your experience, you can ask about them here. I have found that all the DA stuff is useful. I even found the MS-Outlook white paper useful before I had Outlook, because I could translate the mechanics to tools I was more familiar with. My favorites are

    - the GTD book
    - the GTD-Fast CD's (old 2-day seminar; unavailable now, I think)
    - the Ready for Anything CD's

    but that's me. I think the Ready for Anything material is good after you have tried to implement some of the basic GTD habits, as a bite-size compilation of some of the higher-level matters GTD addresses. Don't miss the tips and tools section of this website.

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    • #3
      Time, space and distance...GTD style

      I just bought Getting Things Done on CD. It came with 3 CDs.

      Am I going to miss anything that is covered in the book but not the CDs, or are there concepts that are diagramed in the book that I will miss out on that the CD of course would not be able to "show"?
      Frequently, we are asked by clients to "shorten" the GTD presentation. "But, our people don't have two days," they say. So, for sake of discussion, we've boiled the entire seminar, book, consulting down to less than 10 seconds:

      Here are the best practices (along with their counterparts) to full implementation of GTD:

      Best Practices (BP)/ Worst Practices (WP)

      COLLECT
      BP: Get it out of your head, in dedicated locations
      WP: Keep in your head/spread around you

      PROCESS
      BP: Decide on actions and outcomes when things SHOW up
      WP: Wait until things blow up

      ORGANIZE
      BP: Keep hard edges of action reminders to 6-8 lists
      WP: Mix reference with action reminders

      REVIEW
      BP: Care and feed the system, review in discretionary time
      WP: rely on Latest/Loudest to remind you of what to do

      DO
      BP: Use all of the above
      WP: Stay in the busy trap

      As you go about listening/reading, keep in mind some of these ideas:

      TIME: It takes time to change habits; try one at at time
      SPACE: Create the area you need to support these habits
      DISTANCE: In all respects, this IS like training for a marathon. Keep on going, and practicing, and training. Keep a goal in mind, and match the physical systems to match.

      Good luck, and be sure to check out a few links on the web to support your adventure...

      http://www.davidco.com/guide.php


      http://www.davidco.com/blogs/

      http://www.davidco.com/tips_tools.php

      http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,68110,00.html

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      • #4
        Wow. Great post. Thanks.
        Originally posted by Jason Womack
        TIME: It takes time to change habits; try one at at time
        No. I am reading The Now Habit when I have time to read, listening to Get It Done on CD when I drive, and learning to use MyLife Organized. I have to be different by Monday.

        But really, the bigest thing that I have taken from the combination of Now and GTD is to not define "Clean out the basement" as a to-do. Instead I should think "work on the basement for 2 hours starting with the books on the brown table. Put into stacks of keep, sell, give, trash." And so on.

        I realilze that I will be looking at my working on my time management in the same way. I enjoyed putting everything into MyLife Organized, and figuring out how to get it to create a to-do list. Now I will enjoy working with the different settings to get the to-do list to reflect what I actually want to do.

        My specific problem is that there are things at work that I love to do and am great at, and other things that I just do not do. I want to shift to be doing more things my boss wants me to do and more things that put money in my pocket. I believe that I have found the path.

        tim99.

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        • #5
          Best Practices (BP)/Worst Practices (WP)

          Originally posted by Jason Womack
          Here are the best practices (along with their counterparts) to full implementation of GTD:
          Just what I need to post beside my office computer (where I do most of my work) -- for me, this is a better reminder than the flow chart.

          Thank you, Jason!

          Carolyn

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