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  • Thanks for your thoughts, Gardener.

    Yes, you are right that I do not use Someday/Maybe as a the prioritization tool that it could be. I use it only for things that I have not yet decide whether I will do - true Maybes. If I have decided to do something, the sooner the better but no great...
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  • Same here. I do not know why you keep saying that. I am not asking for automation or have a machine make my decisions. The case I am arguing holds equally well if you use plain paper - the desire to able able to find stuff quickly for each type of review/scan/check.



    You yourself...
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  • Yes, exactly. That's where we are today. We have to invent methods that contradict the fundamental GTD recommendations, we have long quasi-debates about all these various "un-GTD" options (such as this thread) and there is a lack of good software (please don't tell me about Nozbe )....
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  • It is both a strength and a weakness that GTD is designed in such a way that it can be done either on paper or on a computer. When using paper you can (realistically) have each action only on one single list. On a computer you can have the same action on as many "lists" as you want (views,...
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  • No, I am not a renegade. I never was anybody else's parrot to begin with, so I have nowhere to run away from. I chose to support GTD because it was the most similar to my own system. What I am hoping for on these and similar forums, besides intelligent social conversation, which is a pleasure in its...
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  • Haha, I am glad you stir things up - that what creates a good conversation
    I probably stir things up myself, too, by speaking a bit too frankly
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  • I suspect no one is denying anyone the right to have their own system. I don't think Gardener is. Nor am I. The question is more related to terminology - whether it is best to refer to your own system as GTD or Franklin-Covey or Stephen Covey or Mark Forster or XX or YY - or simply NN, your own name....
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  • A Mercedes is designed to take you from A to B very comfortably. Hence, if you can find something that takes you from A to B very comfortably, it really is a Mercedes. Right? (No?)

    When people on this forum talk about GTD it is often in the sense of the Mercedes above. Anything is GTD as...
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  • I think we are talking about a few different things, and need to separate the issues.

    1. Problems with shared calendars or people's expectations about your availability: We all need to make sure that people do not "steal" our time. If you work in a culture (or with an IT based...
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  • Sorry if I was unclear, Oogie. Just like you, I "tickle" projects that are now impossible for "hard landscape" reasons, e.g. wrong season or approval will be announced only in October etc. I do not keep these in Someday, though - they belong in my Tickler file, the way I see it....
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  • I do it very similarly. I keep three "classes" of Someday/Maybe. The normal type (blue bar) I review weekly. The "low attention" type (turquoise bar) I review only a few times a year. The red class I check whenever I have time to drop by the Someday list during the week - these are...
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  • I usually deal with my email and physical inboxes several times a day. It has always been a natural top priority for me to keep that under control. But of course, if I get sick or travel etc, it can pile up, and i agree it is nice to get it sorted out.
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  • I think there is one other take on this that so far has not been represented in the answers so far. Many people here, me included, like to put all their project actions into the app itself right away - not first enter them in any other notes system or otherwise pretend you are using paper.
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  • Longstreet - yes, I agree that we disagree in part, but we do seem to agree on the following:
    • we both want a solid way to identify our most "important" actions (you use dates, I use colors, but the purpose is the same)
    • neither of us uses dates for the vast majority of actions
    • we both
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  • I confess I never heard any of that - if I had, I probably would never have become sympathetic towards GTD. Put stuff on your calendar is what almost everyone else (outside the GTD world) seems to do (to little avail). I have always wanted a different and more fact-based kind of system, and I have used...
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  • I think this conversation illustrates quite clearly the fact that many people want to make sure they do not inadvertently overlook or forget about important things, and are not entirely confident about using only core GTD measures to stay on top of things, those core GTD measures being to simply have...
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  • I have only five contexts all in all. Most of them could involve a "computery thingy", but most usually do not.

    The two contexts where most computer-type actions go are @Info and @Base. I use the latter, Base, when I need to use a particular computer that I keep in a specific...
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  • Valid point, Gardener and Oogie,

    Those things do exist. And this is why I like to use my "attention colors" rather than use soft dates.

    But for everybody else here (I hope I am not making it over-complicated) you could perhaps distinguish between THREE levels of "hardness":...
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  • I think you are doing the right thing to give up time blocking. I do use not it much (or even at all), and it has never been a core part of GTD (even if, from what I hear, David has decided to be a bit more tolerant of it of late). The fact that you do not do things when you have soft scheduled them...
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  • I think you are probably right: Off the top of my head I cannot recall anyone else who stresses that. It has always seemed to me that everyone takes this for granted. It is a tacit assumption that you must write your stuff down in order to be able to organize it (classify it, group it, prioritize it,...
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