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    I ordered an artwork and I promised to pick it up by next Saturday. So I put a reminder on next Saturday's date, and also an action "Pick up artwork" on my @out list in case I go by the area. There's no problem with doing this right?

    Do you have other instances where you write down the action multiple times?

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    I think there is no problem writing things down in two places, but you might want to think about why you want to create multiple entries? Don't you trust you calendar enough because you don't check it?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GTDer88 View Post
      I ordered an artwork and I promised to pick it up by next Saturday. So I put a reminder on next Saturday's date, and also an action "Pick up artwork" on my @out list in case I go by the area.
      In this case I think I'd do it differently. It sounds like the date on Saturday is a "due by" (i.e., can be done any time up to that date) vs. a "do on" (must be done on that date). Allen calls the former "day-specific information" and the latter "day- or time-specific action."

      I'd put the date on my calendar (so I see it when reviewing), *and* I'd put the action on my @errands (your @out). As Saturday got closer I'd "heat up" the errand to pick it up.

      This is different from the case where Saturday is the *only* day you can get it - e.g., it won't be framed until then, and the store will be closed for a month after because they're all going on vacation (a bit contrived, I admit). In that case it would be a "day-specific action" and would *have* to take place on that day.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GTDer88 View Post
        So I put a reminder on next Saturday's date, and also an action "Pick up artwork" on my @out list in case I go by the area.
        Originally posted by cornell View Post
        In this case I think I'd do it differently. It sounds like the date on Saturday is a "due by" (i.e., can be done any time up to that date) vs. a "do on" (must be done on that date).
        I'd put the date on my calendar (so I see it when reviewing), *and* I'd put the action on my @errands (your @out). As Saturday got closer I'd "heat up" the errand to pick it up.
        Sorry - I'm not seeing the difference.
        it's on the calendar so if it hasn't been done by Saturday, it becomes day specific.
        It's on the @OUT or @Errands, so if GTDer88 is out running errands before Saturday, it can be accomplished.

        Aren't Matt and GTDer88 saying the same thing?

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        • #5
          Do you have a receipt for the artwork? If so, put it into your Tickler for Saturday and forget about it till then.
          An alternative - if you arrange stuff you need to take out with you the day before you need it, then you would put your receipt into your Tickler for Friday, take it out Friday and put it with your stuff for Saturday.
          I use the latter method. I organize stuff for the next day into a bag and place it at the door, ready to be picked up as I leave the flat. Everything I need for the day is in the bag. This means that I don't have to think about it first thing in the morning - I know that everything is in there for me to just pick up and go.
          If I have an important meeting, I find this method helps me relax and sleep better the night before. For me, this is one of the big benefits of GTD. It helps me empty my mind of so many little things that need to be done so that I can use my energy to get on with other, more important things.

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