- How did you organize your process? (are you using paper and pencil, a phone, a piece of software)?
- I use the sticky-note program that came with Windows 7 for making my to-do lists, it is very convenient because I always know exactly where I “stuck” my notes. I also have an app on my tablet (Nexus) that is similar, but I prefer the one on my laptop since I don’t always carry my tablet. I also use Google calendars. It is very handy for keeping track of dates and times, and I can also update my website’s calendar at the same time.
- What was it like for you going through the process the first time?
- Honestly, to me, it seemed a little too drawn out. I’m naturally organized, so I automatically make decisions about prioritizing and completing projects and tasks without really thinking about it. Like they mentioned in the podcast, I found that recording every task took time away that could be used to actually accomplish things. I would rather take the time to actually accomplish tasks. It is kind of like how some people teach reading. They talk about reading, talk about strategies, talk about skills, and by the time they are done “teaching” about reading, there is no time to actually read. That is kind of how I felt with the GTD process.
- Do you think that this process will help you? Why or why not?
- I’ve never really had an issue with time management, so I don’t really think this is a helpful process for me. I have a hard time justifying spending time organizing tasks rather than just getting them done. I think this would be great for someone who has trouble prioritizing tasks, but I just don’t think that it is necessary for me.
- Do you think you will continue this process? If not, what will your process be?
- I honestly won’t. I have a pretty solid routine for organizing tasks in my life, both professionally and personally. I keep dates and times organized in my Google calendar and organize tasks that I might forget posted on post-its on my desktop. I also make “systems” for repetitive tasks, like weekly homework for students, labeling, organizing books, et... That has worked well for me so I plan to keep it up.
I like how you have found specific applications to meet your organizational needs. Have you considered using a synchronous notation system to connect all of your devices? I wonder if an application, similar to Google Calendars, could further assist you in your organization. I am sorry that you did not see a more practical application for the GTD lecture.