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"So little to do, so much time. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."

1. Take the GTD Diagnostic Quiz

I like to to think that I get a lot done in the day, so the idea that the way I've been working up until taking that quiz was actually inefficient was hard to wrap my head around. I do have file storage and I always do a kick-butt job of pulling together everything I need to do taxes come that time of the year, but I think that's probably where my organization stops. This is because I felt overwhelmed by all the resources available, and with so many different things going on in my life I didn't know how to best collect and act in an organized fashion. Afterall, how could everything that I do all fit into a uniform system? Besides, I'm the kind of person who has 15 beautiful journals throughout my years that I've started but haven't filled up past a week of time. How would I stay dedicated to an organization system?

2. Download and install ToDoist and Evernote

Instead of using "Things", I decided to go with the free route of ToDoist because I'm a poor future grad student. I appreciate the plug-ins for chrome that ToDoist and Evernote both have. I also like that there are apps for both programs for iPhone.


3. Set up your collection containers

4. Collect every single open loop in your life using containers

5. Set up your reference containers

6. Process open loops in your email inbox

7. Rewrite each open loop as a next physical action and set a due date if necessary

8. Create projects in your task manager and reference container

9. Create areas of responsibility in your task manager and reference container

10. Put each task into a project or area, and each project into an area

11. Combine all project notebooks into a "projects stack" and all areas into an area stack

12. Select containers for project list, project plans, waiting for, calendar, next actions, etc.

13. Create 3 checklists (daily, weekly, monthly) and schedule review sessions in your calendar

14. Decide on a tagging system and tag every task

15. Choose your digital tools

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