GTD

aka Getting Things Done, the famous book by David Allen.

Even after implementing the time tracking, 5:30am wakeup, and studio debt protocol, I was feeling a sense of overwhelm.

“I need twenty more hours in the week. I’m not focusing on things when I need to. I’m forgetting about majorly important things.”

Around that time I listened to a podcast where David Allen was the guest, and decided to read the book.

Here’s what I would recommend, and how I implemented it:

  1. Speed read Getting Things Done.
  2. Set aside a complete day to do the setup, as recommended.
  3. I use Evernote to manage the categories (Notebooks) of
    • Inbox
    • Next Actions
    • Projects List
    • Reference
    • Someday & Maybe List
    • Waiting For List
  4. While you can find templates for Evernote and GTD, I think it’s really just better to keep it simple and use one note per project. In Next Actions, I have one Note for each action list (At Home, At Computer, Calls, Errands, etc)
  5. Dropbox and Sync for Project Files and Reference Files (I don’t try to store much non-textual content in Evernote)
  6. A physical Inbox drawer in the studio
  7. A Weekly Checklist (in Evernote)
  8. The Bullet Journal.  I prefer to work on paper, but the Bullet Journal has become more of a tracking device (art studio hours, books read, moods, etc) than a total project reference.  I use it when on the go, and I keep it very organized.

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