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Getting started with "Getting Things Done"

Getting started with "Getting Things Done"
This article was originally posted during the first week of 43 Folders' existence, and, pound for pound, it remains our most popular page on the site. Please be sure to also visit related pages, browse our GTD topic area, plus, of course you can search on GTD across our family of sites. I’ll be talking a lot here in coming weeks about Getting Things Done, a book by David Allen whose apt subtitle is “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” You’ve probably heard about it around the Global Interweb or have been buttonholed by somebody in your office who swears by GTD. (It probably takes a backseat only to the Atkins Diet in terms of the number of enthusiastic evangelists: sorry about that.) Like I did the other day with Quicksilver, I wanted to provide a gentle, geek-centric introduction to Getting Things Done, so that you can think about whether it might be right for you. The Problem with “stuff” Stuff is bouncing around in our heads and causing untold stress and anxiety. GTD is geek-friendly

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Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I Since new folks visit 43F each day, I thought it might be valuable to return to one of our most popular evergreen topics to review some "best practices" for keeping a good to-do list. While a lot of this might be old hat to some of you, it's a good chance to review the habits and patterns behind one of the most powerful tools in the shed. Part 2 appears tomorrow (Update: now available). ToDoList 5.9 Beta Release - A simple but effective way to keep on top of your tasks. Free source code and programming help Downloads Latest Executable + Plugins (6.8.10) - 2.1 MB (Includes all associated resources)Application Source (6.8.10) - 3.1 MB (Includes all plugins - compiles under VC6-VS2008) 3rd Party Note: Please contact the respective authors directly with comments and questions iTDL - for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Tdl Todo List - for Android Latest Update (6.8.10 Feature Release) The big new features for 6.8 are full drag'n'drop support added to the Gantt and Calendar views for modifying task dates.

Work on unimportant problems "Work on important problems": ~40900 results. "Work on unimportant problems": ~18 results. – Google (at the time of writing), tempting the contrarian in me It seems obvious that some problems are important to solve and some aren't, as in, curing cancer is more important than delivering social gaming. Often, people lament the abundance of tech firms working on ultimately unimportant stuff, and advise to work on important problems and not just chase the money.

GTD: You need a daily action plan The alarm sounds. A long day ahead to enjoy, but also many things to do. Do you feel relaxed or overwhelmed by everything you have to do? Do you have a plan for your day? The truth is that there is a difference when you start your days knowing what you’re going to find. But beware! Six Components of a GTD Review » ActivityOwner.Com – Getting Things Done with MindManager Things have gotten a bit quiet in "gyrospace" lately. Perhaps this is because folks have given up on their new year's resolutions or moved on to other tools. I'm hoping it is because we are all successfully focusing on Getting Things Done rather than tinkering with our systems and surfing blogs. After three years of exploring and tinkering (I bought ResultsManager in May 2005) and collaborating with many of you, I feel I've finally developed a balanced "trusted system" approach that works for me utilizing OutLinker, MindReader, Next Action Analysis, and Mark Task Complete.

ThePomodoroTechnique_v1-3.pdf The Pomodoro Technique Time Management Course The world of my perceived possibilities and the utilization of my abilities has been enhanced to the level that I know that when I look back on my life there will be two significant periods of accomplishment, pre-pomodoro and post-pomodoro periods. It's just that powerful!

Getting Things Done: Step 2/3 - Processing & Organizing - CBS MoneyWatch.com This article is part three of a seven part series on Getting Things Done ? (GTD ? ) -- the time and productivity management system by David Allen. Columns In Series: GTD Post #1: Getting Things Done: Introduction GTD Post #2: Getting Things Done: Step 1 - Collection Getting Things Done: Step 2/3 - Processing & Organizing Now that you've Collected, you should have a huge stack of stuff as well as a bunch of index cards. At this point, you might start to freak out a bit. GTD — Smart Productivity Have a BIG goal that you would like to achieve? How about password protecting that goal. For instance, if you’d like to retire at the age of 45, you could make one of your online passwords Retire45. My planning system A couple of readers have asked me for more detail of the diary and planning system that I use, so here goes. Warning – this is a really long article!Click on the pictures to see a larger version.

GTD: A Flawed System or Helpful System David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) system for organizing and processing the work flow of personal and professional lives has been widely praised and has a huge following of supporters behind it. To them, GTD is a wonderful system to increase productivity and getting things done. On the other hand, others have critique GTD saying it’s not everything it is making out to be and has some major flaws. First, let’s look at the reasons for the massive praise that GTD is getting from many people. For GTD – Why GTD Will Be Useful To You When you want to keep your computer’s hard drive uncluttered, and maintain the safety of your files you might decide to buy a back up hard drive.

» Simplifying David Allen’s Complicated GTD Setup Every Monday is Productivity & Organization Day at Zen Habits. Take a look at the setup on the right. It was published in a recent CNNMoney article on David Allen and GTD, and it outlines The David’s GTD setup. It’s way too complicated. That’s just my opinion, of course, but the master of GTD is a living example of how GTD is a great system that has great concepts, but can get way too tool-heavy and complicated when implemented. It doesn’t have to be that way. Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Getting Things Done (GTD) is a method for organizing tasks so that you can focus your entire energy and creativity on completing those tasks in a stress free manner. This method was developed by David Allen in his book, Getting Things Done. The main principle of GTD is that recording your tasks in a reliable way - using a system that you trust - will free your mind from trying to remember and prioritize stuff. This recaptured mental energy can be put towards being more productive and efficient. Collection

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