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Getting Things Done - Or Atleast Trying To at Trader’s Narrative

Getting Things Done - Or Atleast Trying To

So here I am swamped by a tonne of “stuff” to do. I guess everyone these days is busy. That’s what I hear anyways. When was the last time you heard someone complained because they didn’t have enough things to do? Or that they had way too much time on their hands?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

getting things done.pngAnyways, I’m trying to get all this stuff done. I have the feeling that realistically I could finish all I have currently on my plate and more. But it seems the faster I peddle all I get is more stress not real results.

So I decided that I need a new method. What I’m using right now, the patent pending “seat of your pants” method isn’t really getting me anywhere.

I look around and when it comes to productivity and organization, there is one method that has an almost cult following; aptly named, Getting Things Done (by David Allen). I’m hoping that it is for good reason that it has swept through the intertubes like wildfire.

I’m hoping that its for real and that it will help me get more done in a less chaotic, stressful manner. But most of all, I’m hoping that following the method won’t have me spending hours and hours on the method itself.

Believe it or not, I actually got Allen’s book a few years ago but since it has been sitting on my shelf. Ironic that I just didn’t have the time or just procrastinated reading it. Thankfully, now I can just google the term and read a slew of summaries and tips on the method.

I’m taking this weekend to try and get things under control and start applying GTD. If you have any experience with it and wish to offer a tip or have a good story of how it helped you (or how it didn’t), I’d love to hear it.

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4 Responses to “Getting Things Done - Or Atleast Trying To”  

  1. 1 reno

    I too have the book on my bookshelf. I only partly skimmed through it. Seems like it’s mostly common sense and just involves prioritizing using a system of folders and simplifying things by taking action, delegation, or delaying it until another time.

    I think his methodology also involves contextual organization, ie. to place things so that when you’re in that location you have the things related in that category, ie. shopping, work, school, etc.

    If GTD doesn’t work out you might also want to check out the following: TiddlyWiki ( ) is pretty cool for organizing things. Another PIM I’m looking forward to using if they ever do get out of beta is iScrybe check out the video:

  2. 2 Babak

    reno, thanks for the tip. I had heard of tiddlywikis before. I’ll give them another look. Did you know there are GTD versions of the tiddlywikis? Neat.
    The ideal is a tool and a method that doesn’t ‘get in the way’ of things. That is, you don’t want the method to be another thing on the to do list.
    iscrybe seems a bit like google calendar, doesn’t it? Sure, it’s nifty but overkill.

  3. 3 Gstettner

    I read this book several months ago. Like most, I found that there were a few nuggets I wanted to retain, others I nixed. His idea of 43 folders is a bit much for me, but I have begun to use some folders to manage my desktop. His approach to prioritizing tasks, though (e.g. those that’ll take two minutes or less, etc.), is quite practicable. Also, there’s a blog called–I think–43 Folders which offers organizational hints.

  4. 4 Babak

    Gsettner, I agree. The concepts he introduces are much more powerful than the details of how to implement them (43 folders, weekly review, etc.). I’m reading a lot of online info on GTD still but eventually I can see myself implementing a simple and totally analog version of it. I looked into monkeyGTD and although it looks good, it would take me weeks to figure it out. I doubt if that is a productive investment of time.

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