November 09, 2005

Getting Things Done: Tick!

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This is the "collection" phase of GTD

Following the recommendation of my brother I finally succumbed to buying a copy of David Allen's Getting Things Done. It's an almost religious experience. Pictured is the collection phase. This has now been transferred to lists, files and a vast amount of it done in two minutes flat, or just dumped - it deserved the bin anyway. This is the basic philosophy of GTD: If you can do it in 2 minutes, do it right now. If you can't, defer it or dump it.

I am now, one week on, nearly done with all the deferred items. And I've thrown out even more. Amazing how priorities change in a week.

Best of all: my intray is empty - as promised.

And as you can see from the blog posts that have started once more, I am back to my good old self - and getting even more stuff done.

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Welcome to the club. GTD was probably the best thing I did for my blogging self. Completely frees your mind to try new stuff and see other things that you were preoccupied with (consciously or not).

But when do you get the time to actually read the book in the first place?

Hehe! It's a quick read - nothing a Sunday afternoon instead of reading the Sunday Times can't accommodate!

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