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GTD Workflow Chart

GTD Workflow Chart

Getting Things Done, we’re all trying but where do we start? LifeDev have pulled out a handy chart from David Allen’s book, appropriately titled, Getting Things Done.

What this chart does is outline the steps of what to do with the ‘stuff’ that comes into your life, simply and most handy of all, visually. Essentially it’s common sense, but sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to put into practice.

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GTD Workflow

    Now that this is laid out visually, I can organize my workspace to suit. I know that if something isn’t actionable then it can end up in one of three places; why not have an area set up for the Trash, the Tickler File and my References?

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    As I run down the chart I see that for each type of item that needs to be actioned, I can designate an area, whether that’s a physical space around my desk or in my mind, it doesn’t matter.

    This is the kind of thing that with practice it is second nature. But until then, it doesn’t hurt to have a guideline.

    GTD Cheatsheet: The Workflow [LifeDev]

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    Last Updated on July 25, 2018

    Finding Your Inside Time

    Finding Your Inside Time

    An old article that is worth mentioning is called Finding Your Inside Time by David Allen.

    David talks about his style on capturing your life details within a journal. By writing every action required items into your journal, you will have more freedom from detaching yourself from all those pressures. He says keeping a journal is like a core dump which can act as your stress release and spiritual in-basket:

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    Just making a free-form list of all the things you have attention on is a form of journaling and is at least momentarily liberating. On the most mundane level, it is capturing all of the “oh, yeah, I need to …” stuff—phone calls to make, things to get at the store, things to talk to your boss or your assistant about, etc. At this level, it doesn’t usually make for a very exciting or interesting experience—just a necessary one to clear the most obvious cargo on the deck.

    I often use my journal for “core-dumping” the subtler and more ambiguous things rattling around in my psyche. It’s like doing a current-reality inventory of the things that really have my attention—the big blips on my internal radar. These can be either negative or positive, like relationship issues, career decisions or unexpected events that have created disturbances or new opportunities. Sometimes core-dumping is the best way to get started when nothing else is flowing—just an objectification of what is on my internal landscape.

    This is a key point that David has emphasized in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – and it is one of the effective tools that I use daily.

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