I really enjoyed this session last Friday - a half day overview of Getting Things Done in which we covered both the theory (focusing on the 5 stages of workflow) and also had time for a short session where we worked through 4 of those stages.
Theses are some of the slides I used:
Key points for me from the session:
- Even with mastery of email (and there were 2 participants who were very much on top of it) GTD adds an essential layer of context with the incorporation of Projects and Areas of Responsibility in the regular reviews.
- That context helps us to avoid the Busy Fools syndrome
- There was a strong diversity of tools already in use with the group - I had anticipated a cluster of users around Outlook but happily that was not the case. Very much Windows mind you!
- One of the participants had adopted the practice of rigid organisation of her paper filing and both herself and one other replicated their filing categories and projects across into their digital organisation
- While online tools such as Gmail and calendaring were know about fewer were using services like Evernote for reference materials
I am looking forward to tweaking the content and flow of the session and then doing it again. If you are interested leave a comment.