I’ve never achieved perfection in this practice, but the quick overview of the technique is:
- Capturing the task
- Clarify the task
- Organize (make lists)
- Review and reflect
- Act on the tasks that are important
That sounds complicated, but it really isn’t that bad. The key to the system is getting every task you have to do out of your head, and into a system somewhere. Regardless of whether it’s due today, next week, next month, or someday, your head is a terrible place to organize all of that. So many times, people ask us to do things (through email, in person, or just ourselves knowing we want to do something), and they get lost in our head. We work on things that are not that important because they are top of mind, or we forget to do something. Get all of that stuff out of your head (and out of your email inbox) onto a list somewhere.
It’s a fascinating topic, and I’m so excited that there’s now a course about it. For 45 minutes, it’s a short overview of this GTD system that has helped so many people. I went through this course today, and it’s a good overview of this addictive system.