The time has come. I’ve resurrected my GTD system. I’ve climbed back on the GTD bandwagon.
For those who don’t know, GTD is short for Getting Things Done, a philosophy and way of organizing life created by David Allen. For me, it boils down to figuring out what matters most and focusing on that.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
I was introduced to GTD several years ago by Kevin Swan, photographer and branding guru. The strategies and ideas immediately resonated and I set to work implementing GTD in every area of my life. That included creating a custom paper-based GTD planner and even shooting a Real Women Scrap TV video with detailed instructions on how to create one of your own.
THE APPLE WAY
GTD was an incredibly useful strategy to organize all the aspects of my work and personal life. I stopped using it when I took a design and writing job at Apple. The amount of information increased exponentially and I was in an environment that thrived on high tech organizing solutions, so I adapted to my environment.
DEVELOPING THE HABIT
Since then, I got out of the habit and discipline that GTD instills and requires of me. The last couple weeks of traveling and attending photography workshops and events drove me back to my system and I’m falling in love with it all over again.
- The space it clears in my head and on my desk are significant.
- The productivity that it brings back into my work and personal life are noticeable.
- The contentment that I achieved what needed to be done at the end of the day is satisfying.
Check it out. You might be surprised at how it can revolutionize your life and work. Even Dane Sanders recommends the book and system in his Fast Track Photographer workshops.
Everyone implements it in their own unique way. The paper-based planner in the images is mine… complete with 12 tabs. You can see my list of GTD planner tabs on a previous post I wrote when I started using the system.
Got questions about the system? Ask in the comments and I’ll help where I can.
What system do you use for organizing? Paper or electronic?
Today’s Images: 50 mm lens, natural light, white backdrop. Processed in Photoshop using Kubota Actions Daily Multivitamin.
Manual: Page 15
Images: Chase Jarvis