Getting Things Done, or GTD for short, is an organization methodology developed by David Allen. GTD proposes getting all of the pending “stuff” you have in your head into a trusted system, with defined rules, and breaking them into a set of next actions, to be done sequentially.
It’s no secret that Lotus Notes is my preferred e-mail client. Not because it’s the prettiest e-mail client – I think Outlook has some great views – but because it is flexible and can be readily adapted to my GTD work style. I really like the way that the Notes client easily integrates with all of my Notes databases and personal knowledge management repositories.
I know some of you, like me, are multiple-Moleskine nerds. It’s sad, but this is how God’s made us. So, this means you might have a lined notebook, a sketch book, a music notebook, or even a storyboard notebook—all of the same size and outward appearance. Using a silver Sharpie or the like, make a small icon or letter at the same place on each spine to remind you which is which.
I’m a big fan of mind dumping data unto paper or in my case Writely so I can save my brain for the big stuff. A lot of the recurring issue that I have to deal with at work I make a brief note on Writely and bam! I don’t have to think about it I simply review my notes and then I can answer the question, resolve the issue, you get the picture…with so much “stuff” going on in our lives we sometimes need to give the brain a little rest. LifeDev had a great post today along these lines…
You see, in order to be truly productive, you have to have a clear mind. And do you know what makes clarity? That’s right: giving you mind a chance to rest. You can’t lift weights for 5 hours straight, He-Man. The same principle is true for your mind. Not only does overdoing it not help, it actually hurts you.
If you have realized your dream of being able to work from home, then you would have realized by now that it is not as easy as it seems. Whether you write for a living or have an Internet business or sell some specialty that you have expertise in, what you need is some space for yourself where you can pursue your home career.