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Getting Things Done: The Procrastinator’s Version

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Getting Things Done: The Procrastinator’s Version

Orginally Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology is simple and powerful, but if you are a procrastinator, sometimes you thought it may not be enough. Dave Pollard extends the GTD method to add in couple of new ways on tracking different data. He has couple of new sections called Calendar, Tickler, Obstacles, Inspirations to track different type of tasks. Now Dave tracks tasks with dates and also coloured coding to specify the type of the projects. The coloured coding seems like a good idea as well. He then followed his five steps process. I see step three is probably the most important part:

… 3. As new situations come up, I process them using the standard GTD process shown in the flowchart at the top of this article (it’s become second nature to me, so I rarely have to look at this flowchart any more), and I slot the Next Actions and Appointments into either Section A or B as appropriate. If the Next Action is neither urgent (italicized) nor important (boldfaced), I seriously consider whether it should be done at all. A key part of Getting Things Done is Learning to Say No. Sometimes, though, an interesting project (like “submit PKM article to journal” in the list above) is neither urgent nor important, but could lead to things that are, so these stay in Section B, my ‘tickler file’, until something occurs to make them urgent or important, or the opportunity passes and they get deleted. I review Section B every day…

Very detailed process yet effective. Go and read on the article for all diagrams and examples on this implementation.

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