GTD – getting the inbox to zero

I’ve been successful at getting the Inbox down to zero for the last two weeks. Yes, it fills throughout the day and night with dozens of new messages. But I’m continuing to practice the GTD (Getting Things Done) process of managing the Inbox.

My Next Action lists are growing, as are the Waiting On lists, the Shopping Lists for specific destinations, and the Someday/Maybe lists.

Dina H-S started a GTD users network at work. My commitment is to read through the entire book, cover to cover before the next meeting. It’s going well.

My wife says GTD is the perfect system for me, because (continued)

Getting Things Done (GTD – part 1)

On the best sellers list for two years, David Allen’s “Getting Things Done-The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” goes beyond typical self-help books on time management and priorities.

I picked up the book recently, in hopes of fixing some major symptoms in my life of unproductivity:

  • a bulging e-mail inbox, averagng more than 300 messages at any time, many containing various action items for me
  • a growing trend toward missing deadlines on some projects, small and big
  • an overwhelming sense of overload, wasting several minutes (and hours) at work, staring at blank screens, unable to write due to a sense of too many things calling my attention
  • a growing avalanche of paper file folders, papers, printouts, and clutter spreading across the desk, threatening to raise the attention of the fire marshall

I have not been disappointed by the book and its evidence in my life: Continue reading