It feels good to get on top of my TODO list and take back control over my life one task at a time. I finally got round to finding out what Getting Things Done is all about (stop yawning in the back there) and it seems to help me much more than the ad-hoc methods I’ve used before.
I think the reason it works so well for me up to now is that the book actually explains *why* simple time management systems fail. The book takes the time to explain this and this resonates with my experience. For example, lots of tasks can indeed be done within 2 minutes.
Keeping your INBOX completely clean and moving things out that are in fact action items to do later is a lot better than having them sit around in your INBOX (broken window theory at play again). And the idea of contexts (I feel tired, give me some phone calls to make) is so natural I wonder why I didn’t think of it myself.
Getting tasks outside of your head and into a system helps wonders to sleep at night and not lie awake thinking about stuff to do. I should put a notebook by my bed though.
It was going well before my two week tour of Europe (task on my todo list to BlogAboutIt), achieving zero mail INBOXes at the end of the day. And it only took me three days to catch up again after two weeks of only skimming them. A great feeling to be able to go to bed with all your open loops captured.
God, I’m prodporning.
The only thing I’m trying to avoid really hard is rewriting this python-based GTD tool I’m using, and slapping a GUI on top of it. Really, I don’t need more tasks.