The whole purpose of GTD is to get these things out of our head and into our trusted organization system. But at the same time, if I enter this particular action into my action list long before I can actually begin work on it, I’ll have to look at it and mentally separate it from the actions that I actually can start working on. It would be nice if I could input these actions into Kinkless, note the start and completion dates for them, and then not have to think about them at all until the appropriate time.
And we can do just that.
As the photograph suggests, I’m partial to Post-it Notes. Here are twenty ways to use them:
1. Mark your place in a book. It seems so obvious, yet relatively few students seem to do it. When your professor picks up with the poem or short story or chapter of the day, you’ll be on the same page.
2. Mark the beginning and ending points for a reading assignment: immediate feedback on your progress.
3. Mark selected readings in an anthology.
4. Mark the notes or glossary at the back of a book for easy repeat access.
5. Mark passages in a library book.
I don’t know about you, but an inbox that is that full stymies me. I hate it. I hate to look at it. At best, it’s frustrating and just feels messy — at worst (for example, if I already have several projects pulling at me) I can get the “deer-in-headlights” feeling just looking at the inbox.