10 Simple Tips to Start Getting Things Done

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10 Simple Tips to Start Getting Things DoneWhat to do if you don’t seem to be able to get a good start with Getting Things Done? And what to do if you simply don’t know how to jump on (and stay on!) the GTD bandwagon?

Read on for 10 simple but effective tips to get a headstart with GTD!

I have recently blogged about “GTD pitfalls” and “5 things you should realize about GTD“. These posts mention the dangers of leaving important elements out of your GTD process, like not actually doing next actions, or skipping your review sessions. They also mention how GTD is easy to learn but difficult to master and how GTD requires constant and relentless discipline and persistence.

That being said, I now feel compelled to write about some good, solid tips (from my own experience) to help you get a good start with Getting Things Done, or to help you make the decision to jump on the GTD bandwagon, or even to help you stay on the GTD bandwagon!

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Quick review of Nozbe

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Quick review NozbeI do like how GTD seems to really take off this year, not just judging by the amount of GTD blogs/sites (including my own!) but especially judging by the incredible amount of new GTD applications (online and offline alike) that seem to pop up daily!

I am also forever tweaking and tuning my own GTD setup. This seems to be inherent to the GTD process, though I’ve been sticking to the same hybrid GTD system for a few months now. However, I am happy to let new GTD tools inspire me so I can constantly optimize my own GTD system. I thought I’d give Nozbe a quick spin and let you know what I think about it!

I confess that deep down I am really a high-tech geek, so slick Web 2.0 applications do have a special place in my heart. However, you may have read on my blog here that regarding GTD I am really an analog guy (well, hybrid for now). Besides that, I have at least two general “problems” with online GTD applications (like Nozbe for instance):

  1. Portability – I need my GTD system everywhere, not just when I’m online (which is often, I admit ;) ).
  2. Security – I am really hesitant about putting my personal (sometimes private) and client related projects, next actions and so on on somebody else’s server.

Keeping this in the back of your mind, and realizing that it is just my 2 cents and really only a quick-and-dirty review, let me tell you what I think about Nozbe.

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Search all GTD resources at once!

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Search all GTD resources at once!Some of you may have noticed that I take my ongoing project “GTD Index” seriously, and that sometimes new features get added faster than you can blink your eyes! ;)

Determined to make the GTD Index as useful as possible and the ultimate starting point for all fellow GTD enthusiasts and professionals alike, and inspired by Andrew’s great idea to create a custom Google search engine, I decided to create a custom Google GTD Search Engine on the GTD Index as well.

Search all GTD resources at once!So there it is, in the sidebar of the GTD Index, ready to help you find that particular GTD blog post, or that specific GTD software feature, or maybe some discussion on David Allen’s forum. Basically it will search the entire content of each and every relevant GTD resource featured on the GTD Index!

Let me know if the search results are to your liking… I can always tweak and tune the GTD Search Engine further… enjoy!

Evolution of my e-mail setup

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Evolution of my e-mail setupI have been using e-mail for what seems like a very long time and I can’t really imagine living without it in the Information Age and Knowledge Economy. Thinking back I realize that my e-mail setup has changed slowly over the course of the years, with radical leaps now and then.

Especially for those of you “living” in their e-mail inbox, I have written this post to show you the evolution of my e-mail setup, hoping it will provide useful tips to you.

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5 Things you should realize about “Getting Things Done”

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5 Things you should realize about \
  • You may have stumbled upon David Allen’s action management methodology “Getting Things Done” just recently…
  • You may have been Getting Things Done for some time now…
  • You may even consider yourself to be a GTD Master (!)…

… but I am pretty sure the following 5 things will hold true for you, especially if you are a GTD novice.

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New features on the GTD Index

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Lately I have been putting a lot of time and effort into making the GTD Index even more useful and more interesting. By the way, if you are not familiar with the GTD Index then read my blog post about it or just visit the site.

I am constantly tweaking the layout and adding new functionality. The most recent new features include:

  • 50 Most Recent – This list resides in the sidebar and contains the 50 most recent Getting Things Done blog posts, using the same color coding as the other items on the page to show “freshness”.
  • Flickr Thumbnails – A short visual presentation of the 5 most recent Getting Things Done related pictures published on flickr.com, residing in the sidebar as well.
  • Random Quote – Prominently featured at the top of the page, this new feature shows a random inspiring quote from the book by David Allen every time you open the Getting Things Done Index.

I hope you enjoy using the new features as much as I enjoyed creating them for you!

Warning: shameless plea ahead!

Considering the amount of bookmarks on del.icio.us (almost 600 now!) and the hundreds of visitors to the GTD Index every single day, I think the site has already been discovered by many GTD professionals and enthusiasts. However, in an effort to promote the GTD Index further and make more people aware of all the great GTD blog posts and GTD software out there, I am asking (more like a shameless plea really! :) ) each and every one – who finds the GTD Index useful – to:

Please Digg the GTD Index on digg.com!

Thank you so much if you have done so already or if you are going to do it now… future Getting Things Done “converts” will thank you for it! ;)

Quick poll about the GTD Index

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Many of you reading this have already discovered the Getting Things Done Index; you may even have found my Getting Things Done blog because of it!

This particular post serves only one purpose: a small, quick poll about the GTD Index to let you speak up about (for instance):

  • What do you like about the GTD Index?
  • What are you missing on the GTD Index?
  • What should be improved about the GTD Index?
  • How often do you use the GTD Index?
  • Which part of the GTD Index do you use the most?
  • What is the most interesting Getting Things Done article/fact/tool that you discovered through the GTD Index?
  • Anything else you would like to say about the GTD Index…

So, please, don’t be shy… show me what you’re thinking by leaving a comment on this post, or -if you prefer- by e-mailing me at gtd [at] marvelz [dot] com. I love a good discussion… especially about Getting Things Done! :)

3×3 Most Popular GTD

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The GTD Index has been an interesting ongoing project so far, to say the least. I’m glad I’m using GTD rigorously because keeping up with my GTD blog, the GTD Index and the PD Index is very time consuming ;)

This morning I was looking at my GTD Index and I’m thinking to myself, “OK cool, this is starting to look like something many fellow GTD-ers are using and appreciating, but what else can I learn from this ongoing project?”

Then I realized that some preliminary results for the first 2 weeks in the life of the GTD Index may be deduced about the popularity of particular GTD blog entries and GTD software, simply by analyzing the numbers from Google Analytics.

So, just for fun and without any statistical foundation I present to you 3 lists of popular GTD items. Oh yeah, for some justification, this is measured over thousands of visitors to the GTD Index in the first 2 weeks of February 2007.

Please note: I do not specifically endorse any of these blogs or products. They just show up in the statistics of my site. The lists are given “as is” with no guarantee whatsoever. No conclusions, just facts.

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Introducing: GTD Index’s Big Sister

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At the risk of being a little bit off-topic on my own GTD blog, I would like to introduce the Big Sister of the Ultimate Getting Things Done Index, inspiringly named The Ultimate Personal Development Index. Well, I don’t know about you but at least I think the “Ultimate Index” phrase is quite catchy! ;)

The GTD Index has proven to be rather successful; apparently it is filling a need. And to think it all started as a simple page I slapped together for personal use just to get a little bit of overview on all the GTD blogs out there… the internet is a strange beast! :)

This inspired me last weekend to start something similar but with a much broader scope. I am a huge fan of GTD and I see it as an important part of my quest to become a better, more organized, even healthier person. In other words, to me, GTD is the foundation of the path of personal development in my life.


Just like GTD, there are so many inspiring and interesting blogs and websites about personal development, personal growth, et cetera out there that I just cannot keep up with on a daily basis, no matter how much I would like to. I have found that a quick glance at the GTD Index gives me the ease of mind knowing that I have read (or scanned) every important article out there about GTD. I just wanted to have that same overview (and peaceful feeling) with all blogs about personal development.

So that’s why I created -here we go again- The Ultimate Personal Development Index. Enjoy!

P.S.
One word of caution: if you really want to get things done, don’t spend too much time reading all the interesting articles on the internet ;)

Please note that the GTD Index as well as the PD Index are ongoing projects of mine; they do not pretend to be definitive, complete or faultless at the moment. Bear with me while I change things and add functionality. All suggestions to pdindex [at] marvelz [dot] com please. Thank you.

Interview with David Allen on CNN.com

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Cutting through the clutter to get things done” by David E. Williams, CNN.com/Tech:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/02/09/david.allen/index.html

The article includes an interview with David Allen but also with our fellow GTD bloggers, for instance Frank Meeuwsen from whatsthenextaction.com.

Frank Meeuwsen published his conversation with Mr. Williams here.

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