Seeing That Task To Completion

I’ve been reading about the Getting Things Done “action-management” system by David Allen.

Getting Things Done

This is not like the Gettin’ R Done system by Larry The Cable Guy.

Gettin' R Done

GTD basically states that you can’t manage time, but you can manage actions, which actions take priority, and that the best way to get things done is to get those tasks out of your head to free your mind. It’s about stress-free productivity. All your loose ends are bouncing around in your head causing stress, so get them out.

Allen recommends having a basket – whether it’s a software program or an actual basket – to help you store your actions. There’s also a lot more that he suggests for workspaces, down to the sort of folders you should get for your filing cabinet and how GTD can be implemented under minimal conditions.

I’ve also noticed that when I get frustrated at work it’s often because I don’t know or haven’t figured out the next action I have to do. The days that fly by are the days where I get my head so involved in a task or project. Allen’s GTD book addresses this in a project management context.

I’ve kinda-sorta covered GTD already without realizing it in my short-lived “Mac Tips” segments. OSX is very well suited for GTD with its labeling and smart folders features. In my tip I discussed how you can mark Logic Pro projects as worthy enough to continue working on.

I’m not completely through the GTD book yet, but I think I’m getting the basics down. Over time I’ll probably post more about it, maybe with a focus on music production. In the meantime, check out these sites to see what it’s all about.

GTD on Wikipedia Getting Started With “Getting Things Done”

One Response to Seeing That Task To Completion

  1. hmurchison says:

    Very interesting. I too am looking at taking the GTD plunge. I have a lot of learning to do and I’m going to be extremely busy. I too have faced the frustration of not having the path be as illumintated as I’d like it to be. I’m hopping this year. In fact the amount of support for GTD apps is amazing on Mac OS X. Actiontastic is now free, you have Kinkless for OmniOutliner and Omnigroup is coming out with OmniFusion. There’s even a way to add GTD to notepad products like the one I use Journler. <br/><br/>Please post later about how the process has worked for you and what modification you’ve made to suit your daily workflow.