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    I recently bought the GTD-audiobook from iTunes and I gotta say it's a great way to listen/learn.

    I've implemented (sort of) GTD at home now, and will start implementing it at work, starting tomorrow.

    I'm using Remember the milk, a website on which you can create lists. I created a list of actions and thought it was a good idea to split it into multiple lists. I created an @home-, an @work, and an @shop-list. I don't keep a separate project-list, but integrated projects in the forementioned lists.

    Per item on a list you can add multiple notes, and for the projects (marked with [p] in the name) I keep track of next actions there.

    Is this a good way of implementing GTD? I'm I missing out some key things?

    Another question I have is that for almost all items (but not all) there is some paperwork. Where do I put that? It's terrible (not efficient) to have to search through all papers, when looking for that one letter/note. Any tips there?

    Thanks for you patience with a GTD-starter...

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    A-Z reference file and project support folders.

    Originally posted by maccnl
    Another question I have is that for almost all items (but not all) there is some paperwork. Where do I put that? It's terrible (not efficient) to have to search through all papers, when looking for that one letter/note. Any tips there?
    Have you read about A-Z reference file and project support folders?

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      Try an @projects category too

      Originally posted by maccnl
      I don't keep a separate project-list, but integrated projects in the forementioned lists...

      Is this a good way of implementing GTD? I'm I missing out some key things?
      Sounds like you are off to a good start. What caught my eye was that you're not keeping a separate projects list yet. I highly recommend getting in the habit of this- that way your @shop list will be Next Action steps only (which you can do) and not diluted with Projects (which can only be done by chunking them down into smaller Next Actions).

      The Project list is key to being able to review all the ongoing commitments you have to make sure nothing "goes stale". For example, sometimes I find a project on my list and realize I have completed a next action step, and now it's time to identify another next action step. Next actions can go on your calendar, your to-do list, it can even be a reminder email in an "Action" folder. It seems to take some practice to get really fast at knowing the difference between a next action and a project, but once you do it's a big relief to the brain.

      Hope that helps!

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