A Look Back

Taking a look back at this week give me a lot of good feelings. I’ve completed many <2 min tasks, effectively cleared out my “Projects” category to just the core ones I’m doing right now, and have been properly using my “In box” in a physical, email and list setting.

What have I afforded from this? Well, I seem to be gathering momentum. While there were still a few times where I decided not to do anything, those times are beginning to become few and far between. This is big for me. I’ve never really had a structure to my brain, and have never before been able to follow someone else’s organization scheme.

One of the great things about using the Getting Things Done system is that you make it fit your context. Sure, the program was created for executives to deal easily with the giant influx of email, snail mail and voicemail, but it works just as well for a nerdy college student who lives in the middle of nowhere.

Though I have just begun to really trust my system and its portable nature, I am already seeing the benefits of changing the way my brain deals with all the “stuff” that comes from being a father, husband, student, writer and freelance web developer. I just finished the book this week, after 100 days of pseudo-slacking. I would read voraciously one day, only to wait another three or four days before getting back to it.

Looking at where I am now with this system, though I am far from the goals that I have set, I really wish I had been more willing to read at a regular pace, so that I could be just that much farther ahead in implementing the system.

Well, this all just sounds like another review for GTD, but it didn’t start out like that. I wanted to share my enthusiasm that everything is going fine, and the system that I’m starting to have solidly rooted in my life is working wonders.

  • http://johnkendrickonline.com John B. Kendrick

    I share your enthusiasm for GTD. I used and taught Covey and Daytimer for many years before reading David Allen’s GTD book and switching to GTD. And then I found an application that allows me to view my entire GTD at work on my Win machine, at home on my Macs and even on my cell phone. And another app lets me call in tasks to my GTD without any writing or typing, great for those thoughts that hit me while driving. I’ve written about my experiences with GTD in a blog post at http://johnkendrick.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/more-getting-things-done/ John

  • Dan

    For implementing GTD you can use this web-based application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.