If you haven’t read Getting Things Done by David Allen, go get it now. I love to organize and I love to find ways to be more efficient and aid others in doing the same. However, many books on organization and “time management” are so corporate in their focus that they simply can’t help those of us in the non-profit and education world. After reading so many books that encouraged me to focus on my company’s bottom line and didn’t take into account that I had to schedule my day around class, assemblies, chapels, and other meetings that I can’t control, I was fed up. Enter David Allen.
Getting Things Done is based on the idea that you must have a fool-proof system for tracking to-do’s, including those that other people are to-doing for you. The book gives you a way to design your own system, using any tool – analog or digital, that you believe will work best for you. It has truly made a difference in my life.
If you are serious about getting a handle on your day, week, and month. Seriously, stop reading this blog and go get a copy (but then come back and finish). While you are out, get an electronic label maker, a few pens you like, and a nice latte (or green tea or whatever floats your boat). Read the book once before trying to implement the practices David Allen outlines. Then, get ready to take control of your inbox.
For the next couple of days, I’ll be sharing some of the successes that I’ve had implementing GTD, including revamping my file systems and getting a better handle on my to-do list.