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Getting Things Done

  1. 1. Getting Things Done or how I learned to love the cult by Nancy Willoughby
  2. 2. My life before Getting Things Done <ul><li>My stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Me </li></ul>
  3. 3. My life after Getting Things Done
  4. 4. The gear
  5. 5. Step 1: Collect
  6. 6. Empty your brain <ul><li>Write everything down. </li></ul><ul><li>things you want to do </li></ul><ul><li>things you should do </li></ul><ul><li>big or small </li></ul><ul><li>Write a page an idea. </li></ul><ul><li>Put them all in your inbox. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What to put in your inbox <ul><li>All those little ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Training classes </li></ul><ul><li>Project ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Expense reports </li></ul><ul><li>Articles you should read </li></ul><ul><li>Reports you should read </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas you get from articles </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas you get from reports </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate emails </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate voicemails </li></ul><ul><li>Dev plans </li></ul><ul><li>Business cards </li></ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate credit card bills </li></ul><ul><li>Software installation </li></ul>Anything you can’t face now
  8. 8. Step 2: Process
  9. 9. Once a week <ul><li>Decide </li></ul><ul><li>Do it now, or </li></ul><ul><li>Throw it away, or </li></ul><ul><li>File it, or </li></ul><ul><li>Put it on your calendar </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 3: Do
  11. 11. Schedule everything you’ve put off <ul><li>Anything you don’t feel like doing now. </li></ul><ul><li>Then just follow your calendar. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything gets done. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress free. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The key <ul><li>Don’t overschedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule only one or two small items a day. </li></ul><ul><li>When the day comes, it’s almost a pleasant surprise. </li></ul>OMG! All I have to do today is look at the new UX sharepoint site and read my IA newsletter!
  13. 13. What can you schedule? <ul><li>tasks completed </li></ul><ul><li>did ethics training </li></ul><ul><li>did UX survey </li></ul><ul><li>looked at ignite slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>looked at le meridien hotels </li></ul><ul><li>looked at open ID </li></ul><ul><li>looked at design sites </li></ul><ul><li>researched new macs </li></ul><ul><li>gave denise my laptop serial number </li></ul><ul><li>researched IA mentors </li></ul><ul><li>catch up on fast company </li></ul><ul><li>read presentation zen </li></ul><ul><li>did signature debit 3 dev plan </li></ul><ul><li>did signature debit 3 wireframes </li></ul><ul><li>scheduled meeting with signature debit team </li></ul><ul><li>ask joe about cooper u </li></ul><ul><li>read sales 2.0 presentation </li></ul><ul><li>read borneo presentation </li></ul><ul><li>brainstormed contest idea for home page </li></ul><ul><li>looked at new UX sharepoint site </li></ul><ul><li>review updated ID standards </li></ul><ul><li>created GTD presentation </li></ul><ul><li>get headset fixed…. </li></ul><ul><li>etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.. </li></ul>everything small tasks bigger projects anything that crosses your mind
  14. 14. When the day comes
  15. 15. What about email?
  16. 16. The goal: Inbox Zero
  17. 17. Stop laughing
  18. 18. Two folders that will change your life <ul><li>Next actions </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting for </li></ul>
  19. 19. Next actions
  20. 20. Waiting for
  21. 21. Your life after Getting Things Done
  22. 22. But remember, balance is all (lest you think I’m anal) <ul><li>Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. </li></ul><ul><li>- Lin Yutang </li></ul>
  23. 23. Appendix <ul><li>Getting Things Done, by David Allen </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212106920&sr=8-1 </li></ul>

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