Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April - GTD and Toodledo #2: Laying the groundwork

As this is more about personal growth than anything else, I'll admit that I've loosely used Toodledo and GTD for over a year, however never reliably.  It was reliable, my use of it wasn't.  Toodledo is robust, and unless you're broke and your time isn't worth much, the price of a PRO membership shouldn't be a barrier to anyone.

The program uses several things to help you keep track of the info about the info on your list.  If you're a geek, you'd call it task meta data.  For example, instead of 'buy milk' I'd have a task that said 'buy milk' and I'd have a context of home (because it's not work or hobby related), a status of next action (meaning I can really do it next - it's not waiting on anything), a folder of purchase (because that how I think of things).  These are some of the info around the items that help you categorize and track stuff.  The thing of it is that there are *many* ways that you can arrange it, this is a secretary, not just a list of things, and its appropriate role in your life could be huge.

That said, I am a process geek and I kept working on the system versus working in the system.  Most people have the opposite problem, where they just do (in the system) and never improve the way they do (on the system).  I constantly think about how to improve the way I do and spend too little time doing.

Anyhow.  I just watched a fellow ToodleDo user's video about how they implemented the GTD system.  (Props to Proximo - if you're a subscriber, look up his threads).  He used it in a way that is much simpler than mine - the kind of simple that is usually followed with the word beauty.  I'm going to try it his way for my 30 day experiment so today I'm going to review all my stuff and migrate it into that system.  This is still part of my prep work.

Wish me luck.

GTD and Toodledo 30-day project

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