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    My team has read the GTD book. We are having a goal-setting meeting soon, and I'd love some ideas for reinforcing the book during that meeting. Maybe an activity we could do to share our thoughts?

    Any ideas?

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    I have a couple of suggestions:

    1) Hand out the "workflow diagram". You can either use the one off the DA Site (free)(my copy is a 1994 version similar to the book's) or go to the following site:

    http://www.ladlass.com/ice/archives/...w_advanced.pdf

    My preference is for the second one, it has more detail (basically a 1 page summary of the book), is free (PDF format). As I have both I keep them in a plastic sleeve on my desk - instant reference. Then it's a walk through with Q&A's.

    2) Egg timer (2 min ones) (Place to purchase www.officeplayground.com/minutetimer.html) Really see how long 2 minutes is and what you can do in that time. A variation on this is to have the participants take their top project and in 2 minutes outline the outcome and next step(s). Lots of variations on this; create a @list in 2 minutes etc.

    3) Create a Tickler file. Get 43 folders (go for color and use at least 2 tab positions (i.e. left tab for days, middle tab for months)) X number on team plus markers/stickers etc and have some fun. A great project for the arts & crafts crowd plus it also works with suits! A tangible take away that does not appear to be work related but is.

    Just have fun and keep the session moving.
    Last edited by ReBuild; 07-26-2006, 07:59 PM. Reason: Added point 3 plus a typo correction.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jwhitingflvs
      My team has read the GTD book. We are having a goal-setting meeting soon, and I'd love some ideas for reinforcing the book during that meeting. Maybe an activity we could do to share our thoughts?

      Any ideas?
      The best way to reinforce the book is to put it into practise! I would make the meeting into a GTD style meeting without even necessarily discussing GTD itself. One big piece of paper as an inbox to collect all the random ideas that come out of the group and another bit of paper to organise them into projects, next actions, somedays and waiting fors. Asking all the great questions "what's the next action?", "what needs to happen before we can do this?", "what's the purpose of this meeting?".

      I've always been instantly skeptical of (management) initiatives that promise to increase efficiency, save money, improve moral, blah...blah...blah. I'm so glad that I found GTD by myself before I could be "told" about it (at which point I would have immediately switched off). There are people like me in your organisation, in all organisations.

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