If your not careful you can turn GTD into a dead series of religious acts with no real effect on your daily life. You can end up wasting all your time and not get anything done because your on Flickr looking at stationary porn and playing with your latest archival quality roller ball pen. Has GTD become your religion or is effecting your real living?
The only reason I apply “some” of the GTD doctrines and practices in my life is that they have worked, I am in fact getting more things done, its helped me be a better Husband, better leader and grew hair on my balding head (okay that part is a lie). But its only in the doing will things get done, GTD is not magic, its a process that will only produce the desired effect when you habitually apply what works for you to your to life.
I’m a minister and have noticed that many people attend church, raise their hands at the appropriate moment and know all the church lady lingo, but what they claim to believe has had no real effect on their daily life, and when you talk to them in private you always find out that they have not been applying the principles found in the Book to their life, their religion has had no effect on their real living.
Why are your doing what your doing? If its not working stop doing it! For example I tried the in-basket process but that doesn’t work for me because I deal with almost no paper, I work online and all of my files are stored online or on a remote computer. So my in-basket just sits there staring at me, in fact I thing I’m going to throw it out after I write this post to clear up desk space! So take from the GTD process what works for your life and leave the rest to the high-tech hipsters.
Here is my setup at the moment
Moleskine Weekly planner and Journal-There is something very peaceful about writing done my plans for world domination into my beautiful little book.
Google Calendar and Gmail-I use Google calendar and mail to track my daily tasks and progress. Google calendar will send your daily agenda to your email account, also Google calendar is a great tool for doing your weekly review.
Outlook-I work from home so I only use Outlook to access the exchange server and business email.
Logmein-I use this to access my remote PC and files stored on the network.
Cell Phone-I have important daily agenda junk sent to me via SMS which is the electronic version of a string around the finger.
Thinkpad-Old faithful will soon be replaced by a MacBook Pro but she’s still get er done
My whole office can fit into my Ogio bag which is perfect for how I’m living, right now…
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