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June 7, 2009

Getting Things Done

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I’m doing something different these days, Getting Things Done. It is a personal time management method made popular by businessman and author, David Allen. Now, I’m not into fads or quick fixes, and I believe that many of the various time management methods will work if they are properly implemented, but too much of this method makes sense. I saw results, even after only a few weeks of implementation.

One word of warning, GTD is easy to implement, but it does require discipline to keep it going. The good news is that, once you get used to it, the practice is easy to resume if you do fall out of practice.

The Book
The book is an easy read and well worth the time. There is a good summary available on Wiki Summaries and a lot of folks have written their own summaries on personal sites as well. Here is another good one someone posted on Scribd.

The Experience
Instead of explaining in detail the generic method, replicating what a million sites already do, I thought it would more useful to post how I actually put it to use. Doing so will provide an easily-accessed reminder for my self and may assist others by example. To set the stage, I think Allen’s high-level description of the method is very succinct and worth quoting, “No matter what the setting, there are five discrete stages that we go through as we deal with our work. We (1) collect things that command our attention; (2) process what they mean and what to do about them; and (3) organize the results, which we (4) review as options for what we choose to (5) do.” [D.Allen-1, p. 24]

My Implementation
@Work (Part 1)
@Work (Part 2)
@Work (Part 3)
GTD Advent Calendar
Commitment Management START HERE!
Well-Formed Context Lists
The Two-Minute Rule
Shopping Lists
GTD & The New Age
Getting Things Done Software
The Paper Tiger

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