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  • Two new lists to help you at work

    I gather inspiration and ideas from all the people I work with.
    Two great list additions has come up, that I am sure will help you!

    The first is a project summery list, where you write
    * The name of the project
    * Who gave you the project
    * The date you got it
    * The date when you started it
    * The current state, (analysis, tested, passed on to xyz, finished)

    If you are waiting for someone to test/approve you work

    * Who that is
    * When you gave it to that person
    * The last date/time you called/mailed that person to check when she/he will get back to you.

    This list could save your butt when someone asks you the status of one of your projects that you have handed on to a colleague some time ago, when you can check your list a tell him that you are waiting for John D. to test it, and you called him 3 days ago to check when he would be done.


    The second list, is a list of your achievements, IE
    * What projects you have done.
    * Things you have done to make you and/or your team more productive.
    * Tasks or responsibilities you have done that is not in your job description.

    If you have made a presentation or a workshop about GTD and made your team / department more productive, that might lead to a pay raise or a bonus. Once in a while you should re-read your job description if it is long, to check what your company is paying you to do. If you do something extra there is a slim chance that anyone will notice it you don't.

    Your boss, department head, might not hear all the great things you do, so keep a list of your great achievements.

    All so a very important point, don't be shy... if you have done something great let people know. If you can afford it, buy muffins, a cake or grapes (whatever suits you) and let people know that there is something to celebrate, by sharing.


    Best regards,

    Carsten

  • #2
    Thanks for sharing your ideas. I thing they're great. A few comments:

    > The first is a project summery list, where you write
    > * The name of the project
    > ...

    I'd call this a project checklist (job sheet), which is a fine idea.

    > If you are waiting for someone to test/approve you work
    > * Who that is
    > ...

    Again, a nice idea, esp. for more complex projects. You can do this in a spreadsheet, or use a more sophisticated tool.

    > This list could save your butt ... when you can check your list a
    > tell him that you are waiting for John D. to test it, and you called
    > him 3 days ago to check when he would be done.

    I'd be careful - the waiting for item and tracking (3 days ago) are good ideas, but make sure the current action (the waiting for, in this case) is on your centralized action list(s). You don't want to go through every project folder to determine where you are.

    > The second list, is a list of your achievements, IE
    > * What projects you have done.
    > ...

    This is a nice idea as well. I think this is equivalent to keeping
    your old (finished) project lists around. I used to track this in a
    professional log as well, for end-of-the-year evals/reviews.

    > don't be shy... if you have done something great let people know. If
    > you can afford it, buy muffins, a cake or grapes (whatever suits
    > you) and let people know that there is something to celebrate, by
    > sharing.

    Excellent point! What's nice about GTD is it provides objective data about your accomplishments. Just show them your saved project lists! Good for negotiations, too.

    Good post.

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    • #3
      Does anyone have more lists or tips

      Thank you for your reply. The lists has helped me several times.

      Does anyone have more lists or tips to share with us.
      Let us get the best of GTD out in the open. Perhaps David will get inspired and make GTD version 2.0.

      Best regards,
      Carsten

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      • #4
        What's insufficient or ineffective about the current GTD?

        Not to be prickly; I'm honestly curious why you think David would benefit from that.

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