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09 Feb 2009 23:04

Every now and then I hear about people following the Getting Things Done methodology to manage their time and tasks. And this includes a friend of mine, Michal from Nozbe, who has been creating GTD toolkits for at least 2 years now.

A few days ago I was listening to some 43folders podcasts, I decided to give GTD a try. Although there are countless resources and tutorials for GTD, I decided the best way to start is the David Allen's book itself. So here I have it.


GTD is a religion for some, methodology for others. I myself am looking for better way to organize my time, my projects and tasks. Especially since I want to spend as much time with my family as I can (work is not the only thing in life), I am exploring ways to optimize productivity and efficiency.

Every person is different and can achieve productivity balance in different situations. I am certainly a kind of a person that can easily focus on particular problem. Creating Wikidot in just a few months is a good example. During the initial development, having only limited time to produce a working service, I developed a really strict and effective way of working, solving problems, and move forward. Studying theoretical physics and doing a PhD in astrophysics were quite interesting and demanding experiences too.

The problem I (and probably vast majority of people) have is distractions. And believe me, there are more and more of them. Sure it would be great to spend a few days solving a single problem, firewalling myself from the rest of the world, but work, family, daily duties, company management — all those important stuff need their place too. They are important and I want them to be important, but sometimes they are in apparent conflict with each other.

My other reason is: I want to have more time to do interesting things. Which means I need to be more efficient with things I am doing right now.

For the last couple of years I have implemented elements of GTD, some of them come naturally and some were based on tips found on the internet. Most of them, especially Zero Inbox, worked really well. Hopefully I will be able to approach project management more systematically now.

So here is my first project: implement more GTD in my workflow. Next action: read the book.

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