GTD Next Action: Implement GTD

Among my reading material while in Nice, France for the biannual Cardiostim meeting was David Allen’s Book, Getting Things Done. Somehow I had stumbled across the concept of GTD during random web surfing and I picked up the book just before my trip. During the French trip I took a high-tech holiday, leaving my laptop at home (although my wife brought her iPod and we did some web surfing/email checking with that). So I really didn’t have a chance to start implementing my own GTD system until I got home. It’s been a week now, and I am still in the stage of collecting my stuff. The next steps, finding out all my Next Actions, is a work in progress. Completely contrary to David Allen, but I suspect a common failing amongst GTDers, I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out my trusted system. My Treo, Kontact on Linux, some web based program like simpleGTD, Org mode of emacs, index cards, moleskine notebooks, etc., etc.??? Despite this GTD-induced paralysis, I do feel better about my stuff, as Mr. Allen predicted, because I have started going through it, started making my lists, started to feel in more control over everything. And, the biggest thing, I bought a labeler (only $29.95), and I am making neat little labeled file folders right and left. So I am sure I’ll get through it all and eventually achieve that “mind like water” Zen feeling that GTD promises.

By mannd

I am a retired cardiac electrophysiologist who has worked both in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky and as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. I am interested not only in medicine, but also in computer programming, music, science fiction, fantasy, 30s pulp literature, and a whole lot more.

1 comment

  1. For implementing GTD you might try out this web-based application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version is available too.

    As with the last update, now you can add or invite Contacts, and share your Projects and Contexts with them.

    Hope you like it.

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