We all want to be better, improve ourselves, make use of every minute in our day, and become as efficient as you can possibly be — This the reason why GTD implementation study is very important. Getting Things Done GTD is one the most popular systems among increasing efficiency and productivity enthusiasts. I personally love it because it is the perfect tool to help clear your mind and focus on the things that are truly important. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein Click To Tweet. GTD implementation can bring back much needed peace in your life as it brings out order from chaos.
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We all want to be better, improve ourselves, make use of every minute in our day, and become as efficient as you can possibly be — This the reason why GTD implementation study is very important.
Getting Things Done GTD is one the most popular systems among increasing efficiency and productivity enthusiasts. I personally love it because it is the perfect tool to help clear your mind and focus on the things that are truly important. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein Click To Tweet. GTD implementation can bring back much needed peace in your life as it brings out order from chaos. When you start out, GTD can be very confusing and you might not be sure how you can implement it. GTD aka. The aim of GTD is to give you percent trust in your system. This includes everything from your projects, ideas and day to day task. GTD has to do with everything. Most people see GTD to be the same thing as to-do list systems, but it is more than that in many ways.
I promise! For example you are supposed to have fixed the engine of your car, instead of remembering that you are supposed to fix your car whenever you pass a workshop, GTD places a continuous feeling in your brain that you need to remember something. Pretend your brain is a white board.
Is there space for drawing and combination ideas? The system of GTD is based on the idea that you have a variety of data inputs and have to decide what you would do with it. It could be a couple of things on your shopping list or a phone number you want to remember. A good example is dealing with emails. Even when we know it requires immediate action, you still leave it dormant in your inbox and hoping that you would come around to do it soon. When you fail to put these data in their proper place to-do lists, calendar etc.
GTD allows you to keep all these data in a system that you trust and deal it at a later date on your own terms. The key is to know how to differentiate them. When you have a system in place, your subconscious would stop badgering you to keep track of the things you need to do.
This allows you free up space in your brain and relieve stress. You can create more real time so that you can finally attend cooking class. So how does how it actually work? You have to wake up every morning, drink 10 cups of coffee mixed with green tea while doing some special yoga practises. It works simply by maintaining a list. Making a list is quite simple.
You can choose to use a pen and paper, but since we live in the 21 st century a computer would be the most efficient tool. Your brain should be used for manufacturing ideas, not storing them. You need a system to help you store these ideas to help you relieve the burden of trying to remember every single thing. Compartmentalization is important, because you free up space in your brain allowing rest and maximal function.
This refers to a natural state where you are ready for anything or task that might come up and you respond appropriately. For example, when you throw a pebble in a body of water, the ripple effect would radiate outward from the point where the rock touched the water. The water would always respond appropriately to the size of the rock and its impact.
You are the water in this situation and the rock is the data you are to deal with. A good tool would only make a difference when you have both the desire and discipline set in place. If you are like me, you would start your day by first reading emails from inbox. GTD defines an inbox as a place where all the incoming things land. With this definition, we have an infinite number of tools and software we could actually use when it comes to organizing our inboxes.
This might look quite simple, but over the year I have realized that the solutions that looks simplest are usually the best. The email software is designed to serve as a container for incoming things — you just need to open it up and start reading. TIP: It is important that when you have new emails, instead of procrastinating, take action on them immediately.
Do not wait for a latter or better time. The best time would always be now. However to call it just this would be an understatement. You can use it for any kind of activity where a list is concerned. For example, the iPhone version can be used to make a shopping list. It also has a notepad like interface that you can use to write down your ideas as they pop in your mind.
Just place this new request in a separate list. The tool is very easy to use and supports multiple list. You can also set them according to their priority levels and tag them. Works also with keyboard shortcuts making it easier to work with it, implements reminders, RSS feeds, iCal feeds and many more. If you are wondering where you can get them, you can find it online. Available for all operating systems and platforms like iPhone, iPad and Android.
For most, organizing your projects perfectly is one of the most important parts of GTD implementation. You would want to organize you project in a way that other people grasp it easily. A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Source: Wikipedia. In layman terms, a mind map is a system that transforms your thoughts and ideas into physical form.
You might have a series of ideas that you have partially organized in your mind. They make sense to you when you think about them, but it becomes difficult when it time to write it down in a traditional list or document. Mind maps makes it easier for you to handle your projects better. Some tools that you can use:. There are several tools that you would fine online that you can use for digital mapping, but personally I believe that the FreeMind tool is really the shit.
Just looking at the name alone gives you a good idea of what the app is all about. The awesome thing about the app is that it is available in all platforms and operating systems under the sun. In addition to it being open source, it uses minimal memory and disk space making it light and quick. In case you prefer to use online tools rather that local files that you can find in your computer, you can check out MindMeister.
It would also provide you with everything that you would need for mind mapping. It also has cool features that allows you to add attachments, images, PDFs and other files.
These features comes with a price though. Your next task list is one where you spend most of your time during GTD implementation. While you are working on a task, you would also be thinking about three other things:. To handle all these lists properly, you would need a tool that would be easily accessible and can work in every operating system or platform.
In this section, the Remember The Milk tool would come in handy. We have already seen the features of RTM before. It comes in very handy when working with these kinds of lists.
You would be more effective when you minimize the tools you use for GTD. Google calendar is simply the best calendar tool available.
For your resource file to be efficient, it has to be properly organized and accessible from any computer. Dropbox allows you to synchronize your data across the devices that you use. Dropbox is the perfect tool to serve as your GTD Reference file base. Not only does it allow you to synchronize your data across all your devices, it also serves as an online backup.
You never have to fear that your files might get missing or your hard drive might malfunction. It comes in both free and paid plan. For the free plan, you would get up 2GB worth of disk space. You can add more space if you invite others to join the service. He had 35 professions before he was What did he quit? School, drugs, his home and his first marriage. David Allen continued to work on different jobs, from landscaper, mopped salesman while he continued to follow the teachings of MSIA.
The founder of the movement John-Roger started a series of personal growth seminars which Allen eventually became a Trainer. Starting off might seem like a lot of work. The most important thing is the first step. Start by clearing your desk first.
GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done
Have you ever felt like you had everything under control but then got thrown off by an unexpected change in schedule? Do you struggle to maintain your task management system when you are under stress or become especially busy? Are you plagued by thoughts of things you want to remember while you are trying to focus on something important? If so, you may be expending more energy on remembering and organizing your tasks than you spend completing them. This guide will introduce you to GTD practices and what we think is the most intuitive way to implement them in Todoist. GTD is based on a simple fact: The more information bouncing around inside your head, the harder it is to decide what needs attention.
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