Posts Tagged ‘GTD Best Practices’

Marching orders, or at least a wise recommendation
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Marching orders, or at least a wise recommendation

Have fun in your command. Don’t always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it, spend time with your families.

What's your standard for email?
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What's your standard for email?

I assert that it’s actually less effort to maintain your email inbox at zero than to maintain it at 300 or 3,000. Will it take effort? Of course. But there is gold to be mined there with a trusted practice that will have ripple effects across your workflow and motivation.

GTD is more than time management
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GTD is more than time management

Your GTD system, with a current and complete inventory or your commitments, helps you manage yourself effectively regardless of time’s alterations.

What are the first steps to take for an immediate change?
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What are the first steps to take for an immediate change?

Get a notepad and inbox, capture everything that has your attention. Decide the next actions on each and all of them. Review that total inventory, keeping it current, at least weekly.

How to clear your inbox, make decisions and generally get things done
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How to clear your inbox, make decisions and generally get things done

People must ask: What does this mean? Is this actionable or not? What is the outcome that I am committed to?

Email, calendar, & tasks in Outlook – the GTD way
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Email, calendar, & tasks in Outlook – the GTD way

If you need to get on top of your Microsoft Outlook® email, calendar, and tasks by implementing GTD, this is the webinar for you. You’ll learn the best recommendations for building a GTD system in Outlook to seamlessly handle your work and personal commitments.

Advice from Steve Jobs on productive meetings
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Advice from Steve Jobs on productive meetings

Every company wants to maximize productivity and cut down on unnecessary meetings. But they don’t always know how to go about making meetings more effective.

How to start getting organized
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How to start getting organized

How to get organized? First step is to capture into a simple ‘bucket” all of those things that are not on cruise control – anything that has your attention. Write it all down.

The power of GTD checklists
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The power of GTD checklists

New to GTD, or a veteran, you can be more productive by harnessing the power of checklists.

Which is more stressful: email or no email?
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Which is more stressful: email or no email?

With the GTD approach to getting email under control, you can stay connected, or take a vacation away from email, and trust that your decision is healthy.

Why ABC Priority Codes Don't Work
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Why ABC Priority Codes Don't Work

Before you spend another minute creating yet another list with ABC, 123, or high-medium-low codes as a way to define your priorities, read my essay this month. You may discover there’s a more natural path for getting you what you need to get the right things done.

Complete projects list = clear commitments
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Complete projects list = clear commitments

If you don’t have a clear sense of the totality of your obligations, you will always overcommit.

Video with David Allen: on becoming an executive with GTD
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Video with David Allen: on becoming an executive with GTD

David Allen talks about how the GTD Weekly Review, and how to do more executive thinking about your life.

Time management – what's the real issue?
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Time management – what's the real issue?

Time management is really agreement management. At the end of the day, how good you feel about what you did (and what
you didn’t do) is proportional to how well you think you kept agreements with yourself.

Working on job one
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Working on job one

There are very few times and places we really have the appropriate energy level, tools, and uninterrupted time frames towork on some of our “most important” work.

You don't need a Projects list? Then throw away your calendar.
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You don't need a Projects list? Then throw away your calendar.

If you think that a Projects list is unnecessary, then throw away your calendar and trust life will just let you know what you should be doing, in the moment.

A GTD Experiment
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A GTD Experiment

In a guest post on the Workshifting blog, read tips from Mike Williams, CEO for the David Allen Company (and vetted GTD coach!) on some simple ways to apply GTD. His post also includes an experiment for making your next meeting more effective.

Tips for your filing system from David Allen
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Tips for your filing system from David Allen

Here are tips from David Allen for setting up your paper filing system.

David Allen’s workspace, clearly labeled
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David Allen’s workspace, clearly labeled

This is a photo of David Allen’s workspace. You’ll notice that he has helpfully labeled many of the items in the photo.

Should you focus on something ‘more strategic?’
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Should you focus on something ‘more strategic?’

What compounds the challenges of the self-management game is that often the most effective thing to do feels like the last thing you’re capable of doing.