The Real Value of GTD

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The Real Value of GTDDid I survive 2 weeks of vacation with (almost) no access to the internet? Yes, I did, and not barely but almost easily — much to my own surprise!

Two weeks may not sound like a long time to some people, but to somebody like me it sounds like an unusually long period without writing blog posts, reading RSS feeds, using e-mail, browsing the internet and so on.

I took my laptop (yes, I persuaded my wife I really needed it for storing all of the vacation pictures), I took my PDA with my core GTD system (ListPro) and I even bought 100 minutes of wireless internet access. I barely used any of them!

Literally being unplugged for 2 weeks is truly liberating and has allowed me to reconsider and refocus on what’s really important to me.

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GTD Links for Summer Break

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Summer BreakI don’t know how I will survive without all of you, but I’m taking a 2-week summer break starting tomorrow afternoon!

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m not looking forward to being “unplugged” for 2 weeks either :)

I might be able to use the internet once in a while (if my wife allows me to take my laptop, that is), which means it could happen that I keep a lazy eye on my site and my e-mail, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.

If, for whatever reason, you need to contact me, it’s best to send a message directly to gtd [at] marvelz [dot] com.

I will leave you guys with a couple of links to some of my posts for you to read when I’m gone.

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Top 10 Benefits Of GTD

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It is easy to get completely obsessed with your GTD implementation, tweaking and tuning constantly to get it just right. It is even more easy to find yourself drooling over the latest gadgets and web 2.0 GTD applications out there. Perhaps you find yourself going through the motions that are supposed to make you get things done, but you’re not really sure anymore why you’re doing them?

It’s time to refocus on why you are using GTD in the first place!

What was in it for you again? Why did it seem like such a good idea to implement GTD at the time?

To answer these questions, I have created a list of the top 10 benefits of GTD. Just in case you forgot all about them, or you never knew them in the first place, or you’re dying to find out once and for all!

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GTD Gems – Part 1

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As a GTDer and blogger I roam the internet frequently searching for interesting articles or doing research for blog posts. Today I was purging and clustering my list of bookmarks of interesting blog posts about GTD. The first four main categories are forming in this process and I thought it would be nice to share the highlights of each category with you.

The four categories in this post are:
* Starting with GTD
* Inspiring GTD setups
* Workflow diagrams
* Specific GTD tool reviews

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Ask the Reader – Biggest Leak?

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Having just written a post about how to find and fix leaks in your GTD system, I thought it might be interesting to tell you about my biggest leak and to ask you about your biggest leak! This “ask the reader” could even become a weekly feature… I find that I enjoy asking you a direct question to enhance the interactivity of this blog.

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How To: Fix Leaks In Your GTD System

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Fix Leaks In Your GTD SystemAre you feeling overwhelmed by your next actions list?
Are you feeling intimidated by the number of projects on your project list?
Are you still feeling “stuff” nagging at you in the back of your mind?
Or are you experiencing all of these things at once?

Odds are that you have minor or major leaks in your GTD system!

Perhaps the leaks are small and your productivity boat will still make it to the other side of the lake if you row fast enough.
Perhaps the leaks are big and your productivity boat will sink before you even reach the middle of the lake.
Either way, these leaks are hindering your daily progress, they make you feel stressed, not in control and certainly not productive.

Now, where do these leaks in your GTD system come from, how do you find them, and better yet how do you fix them (and keep them from coming back)?
Read on to find out!

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Maximize Productivity #3: Eat That Frog

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This is my third post in a series in which I will show you how to maximize productivity by combining GTD with other powerful time management techniques. The other posts in this series are listed at the end of this entry.

Today’s tip for maximizing productivity is borrowed from one of my favorite authors (Brian Tracy) and involves having something very interesting for breakfast: a frog! ;)

“Eat that frog” is synonymous with doing the hardest, most important task of the day first, before anything else!

I will show you how to wash down that tasty frog with a cup of GTD.

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Ask the Reader – Favorite Ubiquitous Capture Tool?

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Yes, I’m a curious guy. I can’t help it. Please indulge me! :)

One important element of any GTD implementation is our little friend, the ubiquitous capture tool (UCT for short). This is GTD speak for the tool you use as a GTDer to quickly capture anything – and I mean anything – that pops into your mind, no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing. So, basically, you get it out of your head and capture it for later processing and organizing. Popular examples of UCTs are: a plain notepad, a Moleskine, a PDA or a (smart)phone.

I am curious about the ubiquitous capture tool you, my faithful reader, use in your GTD implementation. A simple notebook perhaps? An expensive Moleskine? A web application? Something else entirely? Let me know in the comments section!

While you’re at it, let me know why you have chosen this particular UCT and if you use different UCTs at home, at the office or on the road. Good luck and thanks for indulging my curiosity!

GTD for Absolute Beginners

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In response to e-mails from some of my readers, I decided to write a post about GTD for absolute beginners. No complicated productivity language, no philosophical discussion, especially no drooling over specific tools and gadgets, but just a plain and short description of GTD. What is it and how is it going to help you to get (more) things done?

This post consists of two sections to get you going. First, I’ll give you the lowdown on the who, what, when, why and how of GTD. This will show you what GTD can do for you. Second, I’ll make your expectations of GTD more realistic by answering a list of 5 real or imaginary questions.

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