Getting Things Done (GTD) literally changed my life 3 years ago. Growing up I had always been highly unorganized. After reading about GTD on the internet I ordered the book by David Allen and instantly started to change the way I worked.
GTD offers a pretty simple theory for organization: Collect every task and action you have in one trusted place. Instead of the dozens of lists I had spread throughout my computer for various projects, I funneled them all into several lists in one place. I collected every little nagging task my head and put them in those same lists.
Having all my actions in one place allowed me to easily keep track and review what I had to do. This simple change completely altered the way that I worked. I am now extremely productive and I love it.
A few weeks ago I reread GTD and implemented a number of things I had not done before. I created an orderly physical filing system for all my important papers. When I first started using GTD I tricked myself into thinking that I did everything on my computer. Once my filing system was setup I saw that was hardly the truth.
After creating my filing system I set up what David Allen calls a tickler file. A tickler file is a series of 43 folders, one for each month and 31 for each possible day of the month. When I have a physical item that requires my future attention I put it into either the month folder that it pertains to or the day if it happens to be in within the next 30 days. Every morning I check my tickler file to see if any paperwork is waiting for me.
Getting Things Done has change my life for the better. There is no way I could have accomplished what I have in the last 3 years without it. Thanks to GTD, I can finally say I truly am organized. Being organized is awesome.
Route 66 stretches out into the desert near Ludlow in this photo I took after a Desert Explorers Rendezvous in 2007.
- I lived in South Africa for a year when I was 6 years old.
- I only drink coffee on ice (and some times it's not even fair trade!)
- I make my cats dance, but I think they like it.
- My first job out of High School was designing rave flyers.
- I want to retire in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Four Jobs I’ve Had In My Life in LA:
- Four Movies About LA I Could Watch Over And Over:
- * Blade Runner
- * Chinatown
- * Falling Down
- * Pulp Fiction / Reservoir Dogs / Jackie Brown [3 way tie]
- Four Places I’ve Lived All Over L.A. (With Food Memories From Each):
- * Long Beach on Anaheim & Orizaba - only recently I've been back to the area and I tried Joe Josts which rocks.. I like pickled eggs
- * Long Beach on Broadway & Redondo - Coco Renos has great shrimp burritos
- * Hollywood - Koji's at H&H is good.
- * Downtown LA - too many to list... watch my blog for more!
- Four LA-Themed Shows I Love(d) To Watch:
- * The Shield
- * Three's Company
- * Sleeper Cell
- * The Monkees
- Four Places I Would Vacation At In LA:
- * New Otani Hotel
- * The Standard Downtown
- * Hollywood Hills in a mansion
- * Catalina Island
- Four LA-Based Websites I Visit Daily [with my RSS reader]:
- Four Of My Favorite Foods Found In LA:
- * Natto and Mountain Yam @ Suehiro
- * Coconut Seafood Soup @ Sanamluang
- * Delmonico @ LA Prime
- * Danger Dogs
- Four Places In LA I Would Rather Be Right Now:
- * My Loft in Downtown
- * Huntington Gardens
- * In my fiance's arms
- * In the Mojave desert (not quite LA there)
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