Monday, December 11, 2006

Getting Things Done

I finished reading the book GTD about 2 weeks ago. This is a great book that could have implications across the county with efficiency and followup. I love the potential that exists in each of us as individuals. Too often progress is not made simply because we aren't ready for it, hopefully this book helps put everyone in the state to be ready to make progress on their projects. GTD itself has gathered a cult following. I'm not an early adopter, but I do plan on being an advocate. This is something that everyone should learn about and try to implement in their own lives. You can find out more about GTD at Wikipedia. It will keep up to date on other sites that are touting the benefits as well.

I am still in the process of slowly doing a brain dump of all the projects I have. I don't have the time needed to be able to just sit and get all of it out at one time. The brain dump is something that is really necessary to fully jump into GTD, but it will take me about a month to get going. I need a few items to help me out, and I've asked for them as Christmas presents, so until after Christmas when I get my new toys, or have to buy them myself, I have to wait.

Since I've finished GTD, I have started keeping track of things better across the board and feel a lot better about many of my projects. The book is sure to mention that using these methods will not reduce the complexity in your life, it will only help you to get a better hold on what you have to do, that way you can still make progress even when your mind is not at 100% efficiency. This is definitely the case. I have had found myself realizing that I have a lot more projects than I ever thought I had, and understanding better why it is that I'm not making as much progress on those projects that I previously knew about. GTD can be done completely with just paper, but I'm a computer nerd, so I've been using Monkey GTD to help me keep track of my projects. I really like the layout a lot, but the tool was a little awkward to start using. I plan on posting a getting started with Monkey GTD on my tech blog in the near future.
A funny thing happened while reading about Getting Things Done, it took me forever to read it. I was constantly having things pop into my head that I realized I hadn't captured somewhere to follow up later, so I would stop reading and start capturing my thoughts. It seemed almost as if the book was drawing out these long held memories and projects that were just waiting to be put on a list, or maybe as I started my mini brain dumps, my mind just became empty enough that it was able to dig into the deeper recesses and pull out the long buried projects from their depths of insignificance.

While reading the book and writing this post over the past few days, I had to think a lot about GTD. I have decided will not be a GTD Site, there are already lots of GTD sites out there and I won't be just another one of them. I am a big supporter, but I'm not going to be a portal to the GTD world. Please, take the time to go and find out more about it yourself. You can get a lot of the information free, but the book is probably still the best way to get started. Everything else is based on the book, so it all makes more sense after reading it. This is something that I recommend everyone, not just technical professionals do. Yes mom, I think you could benefit a lot from organizing your projects better too.