Getting somethings done

My GTD system has gone out of the window to a certain degree.  I am still collecting (most of) my to-do’s in a single place which I can access in lots of places, but in getting them done it’s not so good as I chase the completion of a couple of projects.

I promise myself things will get back on track.

In fact I should create a project for that!

Not Getting Things Done

I am not entirely sure how I can get things done while sharing looking after our 5-week old boy. I try to do stuff while the other half is caring for him but quite a bit of that time is her breastfeeding him and I then become a gofer, doing this, going for that, etc. without any quality time looking at my own projects.

So I have begun to use those times in the early hours when baby wakes me as he requires feeding. I have then gotten myself a cup of tea, done some tidying while it brews, and then done some work for an hour or so.

Even if it is going through my tasklists, adding, deleting, or refining them, it is all useful as it sets me up for whenever I can next grab some time. Whenever that may be!!

GTD – out of boxes

I never felt I was truly following the principles of GTD before, but since I have moved from one house to another, and I am having to live out of boxes until somebody else moves out of here, my whole system has gone to pot!

So I have given it up for the time being – I am sure there are probably ways I could have adapted things to make it like a travelling GTD system, but with a lot of work to do I decided not to break in a new way of doing things.  I still use and love Things on the Mac and iPhone which help to keep me together a bit more.

Looking forward to next week when I hope to be able to sort things out!

Lost my GTD way

It’s becoming apparent that I have lost my GTD way over the past couple of weeks.  My enleiten inbox and task list has been untouched for a while now and my physical inbox has reached its limits again.

I’ve spent a bit more time organising my project and neglected paperwork which is something I guess. I am blaming it all on my life since becoming redundant which has been haphazard and disjointed.

Tomorrow I plan to spend the time working on stuff to help me get back onto the GTD bandwagon.

Progress on Getting Things Done

So I finished the Getting Things Done book by David Allen and was really intrigued by the ideas.  I tried some of them out and felt really good about things.  But the big issue is that this is a system you have to buy into completely, and have to move everything across to.

I still don’t think I have moved completely across to it, but I am getting there.  I know I am probably losing productivity by not doing it all at once, but hey shoot me!

After looking at a number of web/mac based applications I decided that my main app would be Enleiten and I have generally enjoyed working with it.  I had to push myself to start using the contexts and I am still not 100% there with that.

My issue with it generally has been along the lines of the prioritization of tasks.  OK I know what should be being done by there is so much to be done I can work all the way around the important tasks.  So I have moved into something that I hope works for me.

I use iCal on the Mac as my calendar system and I am continuing to use that, but I am now getting a print-out of the forthcoming week and then everyday I list the most important things to be done that day, followed by the areas of which I want to focus on and their next actions, and finally I refer to Enleiten when I come to the end of these.

I am only just starting this but I hope it keeps me doing things, that GTD had been doing, but also with some more focus.  Fingers crossed.