#93 - 3B Read 20 books - Getting Things Done
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:
Then to process everything:
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.
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!
As the dust settles, it still looks a little messy but it's perfect:
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.
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* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.