Geeky talks about ‘Getting Things Done’

Getting Things Done (GTD) is an interesting system for managing one’s time and making things happen. It was originally pitched at CEO, with a lot of different projects on their plates at the same time. Lately, however, I have noticed a significant uptake of it by system administrators, programmers and other IT geeks.

Being a geek myself, I think it is because we also have to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Some people I know could probably beat most CEOs by number of projects they are involved in.

I have not implemented GTD fully yet, but keep taking small steps towards it. The benefits exist in any level of implementation though – apparently – they are exponentially higher with a full implementation. But while I am perfecting my process, I am on the lookout for good material on GTD that will help me get there faster and (being honest) will motivate me by example.

Couple of resources I found interesting are:

  • A long talk between Merlin Mann of 43 folders and David Allen (author of the book and the system) about GTD
  • A short video presentation of one person’s implementation of GTD within Outlook from Ignite Seattle conference
  • GTDInbox – a freeware Firefox extension for Gmail to implement GTD on top of Gmail interface . I use this one, since I spend most of my time near always-on Internet connection and most of my action items flow through email anyway.

4 comments to Geeky talks about ‘Getting Things Done’

  • I have read the book and would like to try to use the GTD system. I need to make some time to go through my ‘in-boxes’ and make sure everything is in the system. Until I do that it’s hard to say how useful it will be but I’m sure it would be an improvement on how I do things currently!

    http://www.backpackit.com and http://www.highrise.com and http://www.wridea.com all look like useful resources too.

  • I haven’t heard about wridea, but I looked at the other two. They looked interesting, but the free options were not comprehensive enough (no surprise) and the commercial were a bit too expensive for my taste.

    I think once I will get into GTD fully, it might make sense to pay for one of the better solutions but, for now, what I have is probably sufficient.

  • Alexandre – thank you for trying GTDInbox, I am glad it suits your needs. I’m largely the same as you, in the sense that most of my tasks and personal requests pass through my email; so this is priorty #1.

    We’re actually in the process of revamping GTDInbox, so if you have any requests (mangeable requests!) that will improve your productivity, do drop me an email.

  • Andy,

    Actually, I am quite happy with the GTDInbox and the features you rolled out over time. But the standing invitation to comment is always a nice thing to have.