Streamlining My Life & Work the GTD Way

In my journey toward greater work-life balance, I’ve discovered that one of the best things I can do to stay balanced is to stay uncluttered.

My GTD inbox is, well...a box!

Easier said than done at times. Because I travel a lot, attend a lot of meetings and conferences, take a lot of notes, and then let the notes pile up before doing something with them.

I’m working on implementing more of the Getting Things Done (GTD) model of productivity, popularized by David Allen in his book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

He suggests a single in-box for all your incoming stuff…and then a regularly scheduled time when you go through the inbox and process (do something with) each item.  You might act on it now, delegate it, put it in another file for review later, etc.

Because I’m on the go so much, it can seem like a waste of my time to sift through all the stuff.

But the more I think about it and am honest with myself, the more I realize that it really makes sense each day, and each week, to make time to go through all that stuff once and decide the next best step for each item.

Allen recommends the same tips when it comes to handling email too. I’ll tackle that in earnest soon.

Here’s an Amazon link to the book in case you want to check it out –> Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Anyone else out there using GTD to boost your personal productivity and improve your work-life balance?

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