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:
- Speed read Getting Things Done.
- Set aside a complete day to do the setup, as recommended.
- I use Evernote to manage the categories (Notebooks) of
- Next Actions
- Projects List
- Someday & Maybe List
- Waiting For List
- 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)
- Dropbox and Sync for Project Files and Reference Files (I don’t try to store much non-textual content in Evernote)
- A physical Inbox drawer in the studio
- A Weekly Checklist (in Evernote)
- 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.