I’ve been reading about the Getting Things Done “action-management” system by David Allen.
This is not like the Gettin’ R Done system by Larry The Cable Guy.
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.