Monday, October 02, 2006

#93 - 3B Read 20 books - Getting Things Done

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Completed: September 23, 2006

I'm including this as part of my 101 list#93 - "1 non fiction workbook (like the Artist’s Way)".
Now I did read the Artist's Way, but I finished this around the same time and really enjoyed it so I thought I would share this with you.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

I heard about this book on Triplux's site, home of all things 101. The idea is have everything organized in such a way that its out of your mind so you can enjoying doing what you are doing and be free of all those "Did I remember?...." and "I wonder what I needed at..." and "When's the meeting with..." moments.

I've been reading with it for quite a while, finished it recently and then set a time to actually go through and process all my 'stuff'. When people asked me what I was doing that weekend, I said "revamping my organizational system!!!" with a huge grin on my face. They mostly squinted there eyes and said "Oh". hahaha.. little do they know!!!!

The beginning was to gather all the loose ends:

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Then to process everything:

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Funny things I ran across while processing all paperwork & misc:
-an email address of a friend that I email regularly and have for over 2 years
-an offer on something that expired July 31, 2006
-meal planning notes for one week with a notation of "Lunch - canned"
-a list that counted all the individual things on my 101 list making it approx. 3185 things

This process made me realize that I want to read more things, and accumulate less.

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My cat decided to play along, so I couldn't help but included him in the process. That sticker says "Feed, Water and Pet". On to the next thing!

One of the things that is part of the system is a tickler file, every day of the month has a folder, ever month has its own folder and you put stuff in it you would use that day/month. The analogy used is that its like mailing a letter to yourself. You check it every day. At first I didn't understand when you would use it and didn't think I would end up using it at all. But now, I'm hooked. It keeps things out of sight and out of mind, yet easy to access - I love it!

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As the dust settles, it still looks a little messy but it's perfect:

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I can't really go through the whole process here, its way to involved. It isn't 'hard' perse, it takes time to set up and thinking things through but I will say it has made a huge difference. I would also say that this book grabbed my attention the way some people describe mysteries... I couldn't wait to hear how the next chapter would tackle the next task! I absolutely loved it.

Return to my List of 20 books.

Return to my 101 list.

Return to Planet Shannon.


Sacred Suzie said...

That is so funny, labelling Gobo like that! I'm still giggling.

This book had a profoundly positive impact on you and your world Shannon! That realization of getting the knowledge without acquiring the stuff is fascinating. I'm so glad you had a chance to really implement the ideas into your life.

Jamie said...

Yay to finding a system that works for you. This book has definitely made it on my list of things to buy. I guess I should put that in my tickler file! hehe. Okay, I know that's not really how it works. I just wanted to use the word "tickler file."