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Getting Things Done – Productivity Method

by SMD 


I have a joke about myself that I use quite a bit. It goes something like this, “My favorite way to remove items from my to-do list, is to let them decay off the bottom.”

So you can imagine that I was interested when I saw this Wired story about how to get more done in the info age: it’s based on a book called Getting Things Done [GTD].

 Implementing GTD alleviates the feeling of overwhelm, instills confidence, and releases a flood of creative energy. It provides structure without constraint, managing details with maximum flexibility. The system rigorously adheres to the core principles of productivity, while allowing tremendous freedom in the “how.” The only “right” way to do GTD is getting meaningful things done with truly the least amount of invested attention and energy.

From David Allen‘s website. I also found this very useful diagram of the process for managing incoming tasks [workflow management]. This seems to be at the core of the Getting Things Done [GTD] philosophy. In general I have been starved for a systematic way to improve the processing, organization and prioritizing of incoming tasks and information. I’ll be implementing some form of this system immediately.

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