My Not-So-Killer GTD Setup

I was tagged a while back for a meme, but it's been difficult for me to respond. What with finding housing in Lafayette and gearing up for the move, car trouble, and other minor setbacks, this has been a most unproductive summer so far. I hope to turn it around, though.

Anyway, here's what I generally do to Get Things Done:

  • Use Nozbe to keep track of my active projects
  • Use a Post-it Weekly Planner:

    to see what the week ahead looks like

  • Carry around a small notebook, about 5"x7", to record any thoughts I have

and that's it. The notebook is small enough to fit in my purse, and I write down a little bit of EVERYTHING in there -- lists of what I eat, what kinds of exercise I do, phone numbers and other bits of data I need to remember, and day-to-day to-do lists. I give myself permission to make that notebook a catchall, and I don't organize it any particular way. I do date everything I write in there, as many GTD-ers recommend. These notebooks are a complete brain dump, and I go through them pretty quickly. I save them, but I think I'll implement a policy similar to student papers: save them for a year, then recycle them.

I have tried a tickler file before, but it didn't turn out to be all that useful, not that I wouldn't try it again, especially given the new administrative position I'll be starting in the fall. I've also used a Hipster PDA, and I still have it, but I don't tend to use it as often as the other things I mentioned.