Two weeks of GTD | Skillshare Projects

Two weeks of GTD

I started with this class in my SkillShare journey because I wanted some strategies in my toolbelt for organizing and remembering all the things I learn. As I started implementing this method of getting things done though (following what was outlined in the course videos), I quickly realized that (1) it would take more than a couple of hours to learn and put it into practice and (2) I was on the cusp of managing all of my daily tasks instead of getting to the end of each feeling like I was falling farther behind. 

Prior to two weeks ago, when I took this course, my life was full of open loops. Notes in my red journal from work meetings, doctor appointments, random conversations that I wanted to remember, emails that needed responding to or solving, and lists upon lists of work-related tasks. I decided to use todoist because it was free—and it's turned out to be a terrific tool for me. 

Putting all of my open loops into one list was overwhelming, in a way, because it was the first time I had to face up with the reality that I have created more for myself to do than I have time to do. It would take me several days to realize I needed to start whittling things down into something more reasonable. That and I got sick, which meant a lot of my work started to pile up and I had to face the fact that I can't do all that I want to do. This is not a bad thing. But it was hard to accept. I love being on the move, so limitations are frustrating to me. 

I did like going through my list and figuring out what my next actions would be, because doing so made everything more manageable. Now my to do list for each day feels reasonable—it's set up so that I don't have to figure out or put together or prepare to do whatever is on the list. Each task is the next step I need to take and once I cross it off, I know I'm ready to move on to the next task in that particular project when it comes up, whether it's tomorrow or next week. 

While I want everything in Todoist and Evernote (the system I'm using for organizing my stuff) to match up, my Evernote folders are slightly differently organized, but it is still working for me so far. 

One thing I especially like about Evernote is that it's so much easier to search for stuff than it is on my computer in general. Though I'm still not using the GTD method perfectly (and I doubt I ever will) and I have a lot of practice to go to get better at it, already much of my worry about missing things or forgetting things has been alleviated. 

I have not yet established a regular weekly review, which I think would help. I (sort of) had one last week when I realized I had more on my plate than I could handle; I went through my Todoist and started deleting work that was extraneous to my big goals right now. And then I started saying no to other project opportunities that I couldn't take on. 

As I'm reflecting on what I've learned and am doing now, I think it'd be helpful for me to go back through Tiago's course and rewatch a couple of the sections again. Maybe I'll add that to my Todoist after I do my weekly review. 


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