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  • GTD for children

    Was reading "Making it all work" and DA mentioned a 3-year-old having a temper tantrum over cleaning his room. Once dad implemented GTD by 1. "collecting" all of the toys in a box and 2. going through each item in the box one at a time and putting it away, the child was less overwhelmed.

    I don't have kids yet, but I am curious whether parents here have had success implementing GTD for their children. As DA says, it is a "natural planning model", so I think most children would have some success with it.

    I imagine it would not exist in the traditional form, but would instead become like cognitive or workflow training. For example, having "collection sites" of baskets in several places of the house, asking children to review their calendar and assignments for next week (a weekly review), 2-minute rule, making checklists, etc.

    For those who have done this:

    1. When and how did you start introducing the GTD process to your child?
    2. If you used it for more than one child, did it work better for one? For example, did it work better or worse for a forgetful/creative child compared to a naturally responsible one? Did you have to do things differently depending on the personality of the child?
    3. What challenges did you encounter with GTD as it relates to children?
    4. What was the best thing about it?
    5. Did you develop a lexicon for certain pieces of GTD, for example "calendar time" for a weekly review? Or did you ask them to do GTD in a less structured way?
    6. If you started this more than a year ago, how has it evolved as your child has grown?
    7. Did you help the child implement any of the perspective pieces, like helping children develop higher-level goals? If so, how did that work out?
    8. Do your kids totally think you're a lame geekazoid and the meanest parent ever for making them do this stuff?

    GTD seems like a great natural way to help kids learn organization and I'm wondering how GTD-minded parents are transferring it to their kids.

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    Some resources on this

    We just posted a new podcast into our free podcast stream about how David shared GTD with some teens: http://www.davidco.com/podcasts/play/43.html

    There are also two wonderful clips about this on GTD Connect, from Coach Meg Edwards:
    Sharing GTD with kids:
    https://secure.davidco.com/connect/a...49&trackid=582

    Project Planning with kids:
    https://secure.davidco.com/connect/a...50&trackid=583

    You would need to be on the free trial of Connect, or a monthly or annual member to listen to these ones though.

    Kelly

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    • #3
      1. When and how did you start introducing the GTD process to your child?

      I just started with our 15 year old. We also have 2 13s and 1 9. I think the 15 year old is old enough to "get it"

      3. What challenges did you encounter with GTD as it relates to children?

      getting them into habits. I am starting slowly. I insist on getting him started with inbox and paper capture. then move into calendar, then lists etc

      4. What was the best thing about it?

      Having them understand how I work and process info. Let's them understand when the ask me for something, they only need to ask me once

      5. Did you develop a lexicon for certain pieces of GTD, for example "calendar time" for a weekly review? Or did you ask them to do GTD in a less structured way?

      Start less structured. My goal is to have him doing the full process daily by the time he is 18


      8. Do your kids totally think you're a lame geekazoid and the meanest parent ever for making them do this stuff?

      My 15 is very interested in the process. The kids have grown up knowing about GTD and they know it is an ingrained part of my life


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      • #4
        I 'sold' the projects SDMB lists sucessfully (at least that's what I like to think) to adolescents. It was pretty easy to explain the problem of potentially loosing 'precious ideas! (I guess changes in youth culture help too: something as geeky as having a sketchbbook with you is acceptably cool for a generation that grew up with anime and pokemon.) Once the heart of the system is running, the interest for things like what a calendar can do for you, goal setting, best practices for processing ect comes naturally.

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