GTD is something I want to investigate much further. Which means spending time reading up on the whole thing. Now, where do you get that time from?!
What’s needed is a GTD crib sheet, a starter guide and then a next steps. Simple? Well, maybe not.
Getting Things Done succeeds because it first addresses a critical barrier to completing the atomic tasks that we want to accomplish in a given day. Thatâ€™s â€œstuff.â€ Amorphous, unactionable, flop-sweat-inducing stuff. David says:
Hereâ€™s how I define â€œstuff:â€ anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesnâ€™t belong where it is, but for which you havenâ€™t yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step. [pg. 17]
Stuff is bouncing around in our heads and causing untold stress and anxiety. Evaluation meetings, bar mitzvahs, empty rolls of toilet paper, broken lawn mowers, college applications, your big gut, tooth decay, dirty underwear and imminent jury duty all compete for prime attention in our poor, addled brains. Stuff has no â€œhomeâ€ and, consequently, no place to go, so it just keeps rattling around.
Worst off, weâ€™re too neurotic to stop thinking about it, and we certainly donâ€™t have time to actually do everything in one day. Jeez Louise, what the hell am I, Superman?
It’s a process, a way of doing things, that enables more to be done in a less stressed way. From the author of GTD:
Implementing GTD alleviates the feeling of overwhelm, instills confidence, and releases a flood of creative energy. It provides structure without constraint, managing details with maximum flexibility. The system rigorously adheres to the core principles of productivity, while allowing tremendous freedom in the “how.” The only “right” way to do GTD is getting meaningful things done with truly the least amount of invested attention and energy. Coaching thousands of people, where they work, about their work, has informed the GTD method with the best practices of how to work (and live), in that most efficient and productive way.
GTD’s simplicity, flexibility, and immediacy are its attraction. Its ability to enliven, enlighten, and empower is its magic. What, indeed, is GTD? More than meets the eye…
First steps? Read the 43Folders guide on getting started: Link. I’m going to get the book shortly and start trying to apply a few things from it and see how it goes.
No doubt it’ll fail as appalingly as ‘Eat that Frog’ did but I guess we’ll see.